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The Coniston 14 is probably the most beautiful road race in Britain. Each year it attracts some 1600 runners and has a reputation for being one of the best organised small races in the country. The Race is organised by an enthusiastic committee of volunteers from Coniston village.
Starting from Hawkshead Showground (postcode LA22 0NN), the 17km Hawkshead Trail Race and 17km Hawkshead Trail Challenge follow a circuit along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways takes in panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding peaks of the Coniston Hills, the Langdales and most of the Lakeland fells. Underfoot conditions are generally good, for those used to off-road running. Check out the slide show of the course. The 17km Hawkshead Trail is split into TWO events - the Challenge, for less competitive runners, novice trail runners and those who want to take it easy and enjoy the views. The Challenge sets off at 13.00pm and you get an hour extra to complete the course. The Race sets off at 14.00pm and is for competitive runners, with winners prizes and a shorter time limit.
Ensure your bike is in a roadworthy condition for the route, brakes are particularly important on the descents! Print a route card and description to bring with you, the route is well marked but this will act as a back up and also has the emergency contact numbers. Bring tools, spares and some money, there is a sweeper wagon but you need to ensure that you can get back if you should have mechanical difficulties. It is compulsory that you wear a hard shell cycling helmet (ANSI standard or similar).
A carnival atmosphere is guaranteed for both spectators and competitors, with live music, race commentary, food and drink all available at the start and finish. So, whether you're new to trail running, an experienced athlete, or simply looking for an unforgettable day out in the Lake District, a family-friendly, festival atmosphere and some amazing trail running awaits you!
Sat01Jun20199:00 amGrasmere Sports Field
You start the day by registering at the `event hub` on the Grasmere Sports Field. Car parking will be free to all registered competitors. Then, from the designated `muster points` on the field, you will be `piped` to the start line, a short walk through the village of Grasmere. The route then leaves the village, initially along a C road before leaving to climb through Deer Bolts Wood and then onto the stunning `Loughrigg Terrace`. Continue along and over the shoulder of Loughrigg, passing the dramatic Rydal Cave and then return to Grasmere via the inspiring shorelines of Rydal Water and Grasmere.
Alongside a full programme of talks and demonstrations, visitors can also learn where their food comes from; there will be a full programme of talks and demonstrations with a wide variety of trade stands. There will be a wide range of children’s activities and entertainment, pets corner and ‘Meet the Farmer’, sheep shearing demonstrations, music and dance, grow your own area, crafts, Beer Festival, wedding fare, with a companion dog show, sheep dog trials and terrier racing on Sunday.
Placing a firm Countryman Fairs stamped seal of approval, the Lowther Country Fair will in time define its own unique look and feel, offering the finest of country sports, championship events and displays for all to enjoy. The north will delight in sampling the very best of what the Great British countryside has to offer. With so many features and attractions for people to take part in, over 200 quality exhibition stands, picnic areas, crafts and antiques fairs, the Lowther Country Fair makes the perfect family day out.
For those wanting a shorter option, the Lakeland Trails Half Marathon utilises the first 17km section of the marathon course as far as Tarn Hows, before heading back to Coniston. The Lakeland Trails Mini Marathon 10K utilises the beautiful Torver Trail route from 2014, starting and finishing from Land's Point in Coniston.