Over 1000 trail runners conquer the infamous, mile long, killer climb of the "Coffin Tail" at Hawkshead

Published 29 Apr 2013 in Race Reports

The 8th year for the Lakeland Trails event at Hawkshead took place on Saturday 27th April, and the event was a huge success, despite the wet weather leading up to the event making the venues waterlogged. Over 1000 competitors conquered the infamous, mile long, killer climb of the "Coffin Trail". These included runners from all over the UK, along with overseas visitors from Australia, Japan, USA, Holland, Germany, Belgium, France and Ireland. The new venue at Hawkshead Recreation Ground, proved popular with competitors and spectators alike, and live performances by samba drumming band Boom Dang, and singer songwriter Pete Lashley, entertained the crowds in the spring sunshine. The scenic trail course, which has been described by Runnerworld magazine as the most scenic race in Britain, takes in a circuit through Beatrix Potter country on the hills above Hawkshead village. The "Coffin Trail" proved tough work for everyone, but finisher's T shirts along with ASICS goody bags with a locally produced pudding from the Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding Company, made all the effort worthwhile. Oldest competitors were 80 year old Malcolm Ball from Norfolk and 72 year old Charm Robson from St Bees. The men's blue riband Hawkshead Trail Race 16km, was won by GB International Adam Peers, in a fantastic time of 62.25. Runner up was Adam Lloyd, Bromsgrove & Redditch in 66.15, and John French, Eden Runners was in third. The women's race was won by Jo Gascoigne-Owens, Alnwick Harriers in 73.46, with Candice Heys, Clayton le Moors Harriers in runner up position in 76.22 with Edinburgh's Katherine Brownlee making the podium in third with 79.06. The morning's Hawkshead Trail Run (11.6km), mens race was won by Helm Hill Runner, Will Jackson in 47.46, some six minutes ahead of second placed Tony Ward, from Team Trisports in 54.20, with Ian Cooper from Wirral in 54.51. The women's race was won by Emma Essex-Crosby, preston Harriers in 62.04, with Suzanne Toppin, Penrith in second and Kath Woodley, Ulverston in 3rd. The event was supporting the Fix The Fells charity, along with other regional and national charities and thousands of pounds will be raised for these charities from the event. Event sponsors and partners included running brand ASICS, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding Company, Pete Bland Sports, Mountain Trauma Rescue Services, Bowland Communications, James Kirby Photography,;;, and Hawkshead Recreation Ground. STOP PRESS - There are only a few places left for the next Lakeland Trails event in Staveley on Saturday 1st June, in both the Kentmere Trail 10km and 17km More information and full results are available from the event website