Sweet Trail of Success for Sticky Chocolate Trail

Published 21 Dec 2012 in Race Reports

The very first Sticky Chocolate Trail Run got off to a great start on Saturday 15th December from Cartmel Racecourse in the Lake District. Over 500 competitors took to the festive trails around the Holker Estate, and were treated to mince pies and mulled wine at the feed stations around the course. Conditions were distinctly soft going for the runners, many running in fancy dress, embracing the festive, end of season feel to the 2012 Lakeland Trails series. All finishers were rewarded with a locally produced Sticky Chocolate Pudding. Santa Claus took time out from his busy schedule to start the children's Fun Trails, and even sped along for the first kilometre at the head of the main 10km race. GB Internationals took honours in each of the senior women categories for the 10km and 5km events. Rebecca Robinson (Kendal AC), completely dominated the 5km event, beating all the men and winning outright in 23.20. Second and third places went to Camilla and Emma McKnespiey (Carlisle & Apsatria) in 29.27 and 29.37. Adam Lloyd (Bromsgrove & Redditch AC) was first man in a time of 23.34, followed by Joe Parkins (ua Kendal) in 32.02 and Tony Ainsworth (ua Kendal) in 34.23. In the 10km event, in-form Damian Nicholls (Wilmslow Running Club) won a great race in 37.47, with Nick Leigh (Altrincham & District AC) in 38.20 and Will Jadesa (Helm Hill Runners) in 39.53. GB International Mel Hyder (Helm Hill Runners), also dominated the women's event, winning in 45.05, from Rennell Brennan (Glaxo Hoad Hill) in 52.06 and Suzanne Toppin (ua Penrith) in 52.41. Winners of the best fancy dress costume were Rachel and Simon Price, who ran around the 10km course dressed as Christmas Crackers, beating all the elves, pixies, santas and reindeers. A live performance by singer / songwriter Pete Lashley singing some adapted Christmas hits entertained the crowds before the prize giving. The running event was followed in the evening with the first Trails & Ales end of season party, with 120 guests attending for the 2012 series prize giving. Special awards were presented to those amazing individuals who have completed all the Lakeland Trails events in Olympic year - the Super 8's, as well as all the volunteers who enable these events to happen. This rounds off the most successful year ever for the Lakeland Trails, with over 10, 000 competitors taking to the trails in 2012. Discounted early bird entry is now available for 2013, via the event website