“It really had it all: woods, shoreline, steep rocky paths, meadows and some lovely sweeping down hills!” Ruth, who started in the Keswick Mountain Festival 10k in the Lake District mid of June, is full of praise for the event. Not only did she complete the 10k in 1 hour 5 minutes (which she was really pleased with), “but despite 40mph winds and rain, I would thoroughly recommend this race.” Well done, Ruth!
“It was the most amazing festival site at Crow Park in Keswick on the bank of Derwent Water looking directly up the Lake to the Borrowdale Valley and Fells in the distance”, Ruth writes. “The weather was typically Cumbrian… Friday afternoon we arrived in the rain and mist which made setting up camp a little damp… Saturday night pre race preparation included live music including KT Tunstall who lived up to expectations and the sun came out although it was very windy. Sunday morning and our wee caravan was taking a battering in the gale force winds and lashing rain, the mist was well and truly down. Arriving at the festival site in full wet weather gear ready to warm up we found the festival site had been closed due to the horrific conditions!
The open swims were cancelled due to white water!! Marquees were strewn across the fells. Eventually after a long delay and a bus ride and walk (!) to the start line I was off, already wet, chilly and windswept! What an amazing course, running along the banks of Derwent Water then climbing onto the side of Catbells and following the undulating contours to arrive back in Keswick and a final blast through the town.”