Trail Run and Fun Run 2016
Penrith Rotary Lowther Trail Run 2016
A new route starting and finishing at Lowther Castle provided a stunning backdrop to Sunday’s 10K Penrith Rotary Club Trail Run and 4K Family Fun Run which together attracted a record entry of 300 runners.
The event got off to a great start when 134 young people with just as many adult supporters running alongside, tackled the new 2-lap course created on parkland in front of the castle. A further feature of this year’s Fun Run was the participation of local schools, with Morland, Langwathby, Hunter Hall, Beaconside and Appleby entering teams. A great course and sunny autumn weather led to Charlie Harding (under 14) from Eden Runners romping home in a time of 15:55, Harry Ewbank (under 11), Hunter Hall was second in 17:52 and third was Charlie Dinsdale (under 11) from Warcop in 18:07. He was chased to the line by the first girl in 4th place overall, Martha Richards (under14), Eden Runners in 18:10.
Courtesy of Lowther Estates Trust the main adult course took the runners from the castle towards Lowther new Town, then through the Deer Park towards Whale, before turning alongside the river, then up through the woods before a final lap in front of the castle to the finishing line.
First man home was John Campbell in a time of 36:17; James Buis from Border Harriers was second, 36:25, third was Charlie Lowther, Eden Runners, 36:45.
The first women home were first, Holly Harper (Under 18) Keswick AC, 45:04, second Suzanne Toppin (V 40) Team Mountain 45:37 and third was Lauren Gora, Lancaster and Morecambe AC 46:26.
During the presentation ceremony the race organiser Rotarian Tim Southorn, thanked all participants, organisations and individuals who helped to make the event possible including Penrith Soroptomists and Penrith Inner Wheel. Alan and Kathleen Conway provided first aid cover.
Prince’s Water from Armathwaite provided complimentary water, Heaton’s Stationery did the printing.
A special thank-you goes to Jenkinson’s Forest Products who provided extensive support including the event tee shirts.
Well over £2500 was raised for the wide ranging charities and the good causes that Penrith Rotary Club supports. Typical club donations include Eden Hospice, Eden Mencap, Mountain Rescue, Air Ambulance and the Calvert Trust. Further afield Rotary helps to provide bespoke survival tents at the scene of natural disasters across the world. For many years the club has also helped the global effort to rid the world of polio.