The Urban Trail Race 10k was yet again another evening race but luckily this one was a little closer to home…2 miles to be exact.
The run was to start at 6:45pm from outside of the Cathedral and, after a brief jaunt on the roads from the Cathedral up to the Millennium bridge, was set to be mostly off road.
After a sign up at the Sands Centre we were shepherded over to the Cathedral for a warm up and team photo before everyone was rounded up for the start of the race.
It was a quick romp down Fisher Street on to Finkle Street and Annetwell Street (passing Tullie House and the BBC Radio Cumbria studios along the way) before going up and down The Millennium Bridge and passing Carlisle Castle. The route then joined the banks of the castle and made its way round before descending the banks and making our way to The Sheepmount. That was only the first mile…the evening sun was beating down at this point (after hiding itself away for most of the day) and it was starting to get fairly warm.
The next part of the route saw runners going around The Sheepmount before heading under the bridges of the West Coast railway line and heading down a section before turning and coming back the other way. Following the path of the River Eden and joining part of the Hadrian Wall walk along the riverside trail we eventually ended up back at the Sheepmount Stadium before heading left and following the trail alongside the River Eden. Running past Bitts Park and under the sandstone arch under Eden Bridge a short climb saw runners arrive at The Sands Centre where there was a water station before again following the Hadrian’s Wall path/river trail around the perimeter of the golf course.
It was around this point that I saw another runner walking who appeared to have a stitch. I told her that there wasn’t long to go now and to try and get moving again. She managed to get herself going again and stayed on my shoulder for the next two miles which saw us mostly on trail/river path before making our way on to Brampton road for the final stretch. On the climb to Brampton road the lady I’d been running with the last two miles took off but having ran up and Brampton road quite a few times now I knew exactly where to conserve some energy before hitting the downhill at speed so I was fairly confident that I could reel a few people in that were in the distance. This is exactly what I did as I caught the next five runners up at the top of the hill leading to the Sands Centre and then put some distance into them as I hit the downhill. It was then just a slight turn to the left and then under the subway to Bitts Park for the final 200 metres. With the end in sight and a few cheers of support on the sidelines I kicked hard for the final stretch and ended up in a 3-way smackdown for position 73 but I managed to hold off the competition and grab it (only by a fraction of a second mind).
A time of 48:35 on an unfamiliar route wasn’t bad in my book and I was happy with the time and effort considering trail and evening running really isn’t my bag.
The DH Runners team seemed to have a fairly good outing with two of the females picking up prizes in the process (for second and third female finishers). With loads of our runners also recording PB’s and some of the beginners group having an outing it was great to see the field awash with black and red.
But there wasn’t time to pat myself on the back as I had to get my skates on and get to work.
In regards to the Urban Trail Race it’s a very scenic route which takes you through areas of Carlisle which are off the beaten path. It’s certainly worth having a go at it and some people even recorded PB’s on what was a fairly technical course. Sport in Action are putting on some fantastic local races as well as The Lakesman Triathlon in 2016. It’s worth checking them so head here for more info.
Many thanks to Athletes In Action for providing some photos and Barry Scott and Kathryn Osborne for providing personal photos.
Fundraising for Cure Rett continues here
As well as the fundraising a charity night has been organised for July 18th at Morton Manor in Carlisle from 7pm. Tickets are £5 and it includes a disco, pie and pea supper and a raffle.
We have an amazing array of prizes for the night which include:
2 x Tickets to Michael McIntyre in Glasgow.
A Pandora Bracelet
Passes to Tullie House.
2 x Tickets to a Carlisle United game next season.
Day Trip Passes for 2 people from Reay’s Coaches.
1 Free entry to Carlisle Triathlon on 2nd August.
A Snack Pack from Popchips.
Free snack boxes from Graze.
An organic box from Eva Organics.
An Entry to Total Warrior.
2 Free Entries to Sport In Actions Carlisle City 10k in August.
2 Free Entries to the X-Border 10k on the 26th July.
Sunday Lunch for Two at The Hayton Lane End Inn.
A Family Day Ticket for Walby Farm Park.
A Luxury Biscuit Hamper from McVitie’s.
A Family Day Pass for Maryport Aquarium.
A £50 lifestyle photoshoot from Emma Stoszkowski Photography.
A Sports Massage Session Courtesy of Kathryn Osborne.
A Massage Session with Joanna Mechie; Beauty and Holistic Therapist at Room to Bloom.
2 x Free Aerial or Mat Yoga Session at Carlisle Yoga.
A stadium and museum pass for 2 people from Liverpool FC.
12 months subscription to both Cumbria Life and Carlisle living
A signed football courtesy of Manchester United FC.
Plus many, many more prizes.
You can find more details of the night here
This is not an exclusive event and all are welcome and you can even bring your kids if you want (or you can leave them at home…entirely up to you) and as you can see we have some fantastic prizes available for the raffle so it’s definitely worth coming on the night to make sure you’re in with a chance of winning.