The LTR Keswick trail marathon would be best described as mildly undulating, wet, muddy, and very rewarding. The guided route set out from Keswick Leisure Centre on a damp, grey October morning and initially took in scenic trails near Whinny Brow, Ormathwaite Hall, Millbeck and Dodd Wood before passing alongside (not through) Mirehouse and their impressive gardens. Close to Lake Bassenthwaite the group faced thigh-deep water due to some flooding which unfortunately meant a couple of trails were swapped for contingency routes. There were also some extremely wet and muddy fields to contend with but they were all met with laughter.
Once the Northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake was reached everyone enjoyed a quick coffee stop at the Cafe at the Lakes Distillery, before continuing, passing Bassenthwaite Sailing Club. The next section ran along the North-West banks of Bassenthwaite and was relatively flat before hitting Thornthwaite Forest and the beautiful wooded trail alongside the stream. The Chalet Cafe at Portinscale was a welcome sight for most at around 18miles and gave a chance to top up with some proper food before tackling the last section. The group took in Crow Park and the shores of Derwent Water before a final, challenging ascent up Castlerigg which gave classic Lake District views and a bit of perspective as to where the route had taken everyone. All that remained was a descent back towards the lake and the last kilometre through Keswick to top off a fantastic day on the trails.
Everyone who joined us made a great effort with a few completing their first marathon, and everyone agreed it was very enjoyable and they would definitely book on another LTR guided trail marathon, which was very pleasing to hear. Thanks to those who ventured up to #theLakes for contributing to the friendly, social atmosphere that we pride ourselves on promoting.