High fives and cowbells on the Sting in the Tail

Published 28 May 2012 in Race Reports

Glorious sunshine greeted over 3000 competitors and spectators for the Lakeland Trails running and walking festival at Staveley village on Saturday, making this the largest sporting event in the Kendal area. The biggest field ever in the nine year history of the Lakeland Trails event at Staveley, with over 1000 competitors of all ages, took part in the various running and walking events throughout the day. Over 90% of the visitors travelled from outside Cumbria, with over 30 from the London club West 4 Harriers, and overseas visitors from USA, Australia, France, Holland, Germany, Belgium and Ireland. Kookaburra All Stars samba drumming band got everyone pumping at the starts with their awesome samba drumming. Sweltering heat made conditions difficult for running, and the organiser's even added an extra climb, the infamous Sting in the Tail on top of Reston Scar just over a kilometre from the finish. Cowbells and high fives at the summit helped everyone working hard in the sweltering heat to earn their souvenir "survivor's" technical T shirts. In the blue riband 17km Kentmere Trail Race, Chris Steele, from Borrowdale Fell Runners, smashed the course record, finishing in an incredible 69.25 and leading home a host of fellow GB International runners. Second place went to Ambleside AC's Ben Abdelnoor in 71.01, with James Smith, Leeds City AC in 3rd in 72.11. In the women's race, GB International Jo Buckley from Calder Valley Fell Runners, won in another course record of 83.21, with Rebecca Sheffield from Windermere finishing runner up in 86.40 and London's Emily Loughnan making the podium in 3rd in 88.10 The new KentmereTrail Run 10km was won by local Kendal runner, Will Smith, from Helm Hill Runners in 35.33 and Sarah Ridehalgh, from Accrington Road Runners scooped the first lady's trophy in 39.55. Oldest competitor was 79 year old Malcolm Ball from Norfolk, who won the men's veteran 70 award in the 17km race. Kendal auctioneer Kev Kendall, was the only runner to complete BOTH the 10km event in the morning and the 17km event in the afternoon. Charity runner Paul Harland, ran the race dressed as Minnie Mouse, raising money for the Run For Ben Foundation. Over 100 children under 12 took part in the Fun Trails taking place around the Recreation Ground, with all the finisher's winning a special medal. A live performance by singer / songwriter Pete Lashley before the prize giving entertained the huge crowds enjoying the sunshine on Staveley Recreation Ground. National outdoor website were filming the event, and Dave Wise from ran the 17km race with a video camera attached to his head. The event was supporting the local Kendal Mountain Rescue charity, along with other regional and national charities. Over £5000 will be generated by the event for various charities, and the event will be providing an economic boost to the area in excess of £250 000. The event was organised by local event management company VO2 Max Events, based in Kendal. Event sponsors and partners included lifestyle brand PUMA, hydration partner NUUN, R and R Photos, Wilson's Kendal Mint Cake, Pete Bland Sports,;;, and Kendal Mountain Rescue. The next event in the 2012 Lakeland Trails series is at Coniston on 1st July, with the Lakeland Trails Marathon and Half Marathon - the most scenic trail marathon and half marathon in the UK. All entries for these events close at midnight on 31st May. See for more details. RESULTS 17km Kentmere Trail Race - MEN 1. Chris Steele, Borrowdale Fell Runners, 69.25 (record); 2. Ben Abdelnoor, Ambleside AC, 71.01; 3. James Smith, Leeds City AC, 72.11; 4. Marcus Scotney, Dumfries, 72.22; 5. Stewart Gregory, Holme Pierrepont RC, 75.06 (1st V40); 6. Adam Lloyd, Bromsgrove & Redditch AC, 76.23; 7. Steven Brennan, Glaxo Hoad Hill Harriers, 78.25 (2nd V40) 1st V50 : Barry Atkinson, York Knavesmire Harriers, 81.25; 1st V60 : Tony Hesketh, Horwich RMI Harriers, 95.11; 1st V70 : Malcolm Ball, Norfolk Beach RR, 120.10 17km Kentmere Trail Race - WOMEN 1. Jo Buckley, Calder Valley FR, 83.21; 2. Rebecca Sheffield, Windermere, 86.40; 3. Emily Loughnan, West 4 Harriers, London, 88.10; 4. Isobel Rea, West 4 Harriers, London, 89.22; 5. Hannah Phillips, North Allerton, 93.39 1st V40 : Rennell Brennan, Glaxo Hoad Hill Harriers, 97.22; 1st V50 : Annette Brown, Women's Running Network, 106.50; 1st V60 : Sally Law, Ayr, Scotland, 118.03; 1st V70 : Charm Robson, St Bees Triers, 146.46