It was a damp and breezy morning on the promenade as the day's group assembled for our Arnside Summer Marathon. The route got everyone's feet wet early on with a stint along the shoreline where the tide had recently receded. The first part of the route took in trails circumnavigating Arnside Knott along the coast, then past the tranquil Haweswater and visiting the historic Queen Victoria Jubilee monument overlooking Silverdale and Morecambe Bay. A perfect coffee stop at the welcoming and newly opened Blossom Bird Cafe in Silverdale gave a chance for the runners to refuel and the atmosphere was once again upbeat as we set off for part two.
The next stint had some more intricate trails as well as exposed sections along the embankment near to Leighton Moss Nature reserve. A dragging climb and a traditional LTR style drink stop for a Capri-Sun and next runners were treated to views over the RSPB reserve, although misty drizzle was obscuring the views somewhat. The route wound its way on a circuit of Fell End Caravan Park before arriving at Beetham where the LTR car gave a chance to refill drinks and snacks before the popular Beetham Nurseries Garden Centre Cafe offered the chance of hot drinks and sweet treats!
Before long the final stint was underway with everyone battling well on tired legs. Dallam deer park and the intricate 'fairy steps' were just two highlights as well as some spectacular views over the river Kent estuary where striking patches of sun broke through some gloomy, dark skies. The weather was still humid but the rain held off for the final stretch along the sea wall embankment back past Sandside to finish in Arnside, where there were certainly some tired, but very enthusiastic people. It was another great day on the trails and for those who like to savour an LTR adventure over more than just a couple of hours we have two fantastic days of trail running planned for our Snowdon trail weekend which we'll guide on September 8th/9th - and a few places still available.