A Bank Holiday Monday means another chance to hit the trails, and this time it was our Easter Half Marathon from Ambleside in the heart of the Lake District. Whilst the group weren't greeted with the nicest weather possible, everyone enjoyed 21km of guided trails with a mixture of terrains, and one runner mirrored our thoughts by saying "well what else would I be doing today?". The route offered views of Lake Windermere and took in Skelghyll Wood, Thickholme, Elleray and Troutbeck, before a long ascent up Wansfell Pike. Snowy conditions on the summit meant it was straight into the long descent down some tricky terrain and then back down into Ambleside passing the impressive Stockghyll Force waterfalls. When even despite the weather, one runner said it was their favourite run to date it just goes to show what good company and a new route, or simply a change of scenery, can do. It was also great to have everyone from today's group stay for a hot drink and chat in the busy Booths cafe in Windermere.

 

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