After celebrating its inaugural staging in 2012, the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge will return to Keswick in the Lake District this summer. Organisers have announced a change in distance and this year's event will see runners hit the trails on Sunday 9 June for a 12k and 22k course, rather than the 10k, half marathon and marathon last year.
Staged by Nova, the team behind the Bupa Great North Run, the races follow a scenic route through Latrigg Fell and the Lake District. The 12k starts in Station Field, near Fitz Park, before heading out along the old Keswick railway line and crossing the River Greta at Brundholme. Participants then turn towards Wescoe, climb the northern shoulder of Latrigg Fell before descending back to Keswick through Whinny Brow forest. The 22km course will consist of two laps of this route.
Participants and spectators will also have the opportunity to see world-class mountain runners compete in the Home Countries International match. Senior and junior athletes from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland will compete over the 11km distance.
Peter Riley, project director at Nova International, commented: "We were overwhelmed by the positive response to the 2012 event, and are excited about bringing the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge back to the Lake District.The event is a great day out, giving the public the chance to watch top athletes compete against each other in the Home Countries International Match, take advantage of local food and entertainment and even take part in the event."
The Royal British Legion has been selected as Karrimor's nominated charity for 2013, recruiting members of the armed forces to compete against each other in the Team Forces Challenge.
Entries for the race are now open. For more information, visit the event website.