The Lakes In A Day is a fifty mile ultra race, starting in the far north of the National Park at Caldew, and finishing beyond the southern boundary in Cartmel. In-between the route visits High Pike, crosses the River Caldew and descends Blencathra by Halls Fell, before a traverse of the Hellvellyn range. The second half is a wooded trail run from Ambleside, along the western shores of Windermere leading to the finish in Cartmel.
Entrants were probably hoping for the benign conditions experienced during last year’s race. Storm Callum had other plans, lashing them with rain, hail and gales for the entirety of the time it took them to finish this epic run.
Dougie Zinnis ran strongly, if not entirely accurately, putting in extra miles in the difficult conditions. However he finished in an excellent 6th place after 10 hours 44 minutes hours. He admitted he suffered from bad chafing from running in sodden clothes. He’ll not forget the Vaseline next time.
Calder women Gill Dickson, Stella Cristanthou and Diane Wright committed to running as a group. As the conditions got worse they found themselves fording thigh deep rivers in the middle of the night, but sticking together gave them the strength to carry on. They completed their heroic effort in 22 and a half hours. Over fifty other runners retired. Gill said it was an experience she didn’t want to repeat and promised not to do anything so daft in the future. It’s understood she’s already thinking of applying for next year’s event.
The race was jointly won by Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn and Clarens Olsson in 10:45:01. Katie also won £500 for breaking the women’s course record.
Named after the legendary giant, Rombald’s Romp held last Sunday is a somewhat shorter 8 mile race, climbing 1200ft over Ilkley Moor. Calder’s tiny giant killer, Lucy Collins was first woman back in 1:03:36 with Jo Buckley in 3rd (and 1st FV40). Rachel Johnston was 1st FV50 and Dan Marsden was 19th in 1:03:50.
– Calder Valley News Reporter: Tim Brooks