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Scorching trails in Staveley

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clock9th May 2018

What a glorious day at Lakeland Trails Staveley! For this event, when the sun is out, you can simply lap up the festival atmosphere of a trail running event 🙂 I’d arrived around 08:30 so as not to rush and risk missing the registration cut off time as I had done at Hawkshead! It was […]   Keep reading »

Remembering why you run

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clock23rd April 2018

Hawkshead Lakeland Trails event offered the perfect opportunity to remind me why I love to run. And why trail running is a particular favourite.   The #Run1000Miles community, set up by ex Trail Magazine editor Claire Maxted in 2017,  continues to thrive in 2018. There are almost 4,500 members now from all parts of the […]   Keep reading »

5 Ways Running Improves Your Health

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clock6th October 2017

Guest author: Joana Teixeira   So, how does running improve your health? There are the obvious fitness benefits and also some others that you may not have thought of. For example, if you want to know how to lower cholesterol with exercise, running can play a big part in that. From strengthening your muscles, improving […]   Keep reading »

Scorpion Stings family in the Lakes

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clock9th May 2017

It’s rare an entire family will be stung by a scorpion. At Staveley, all four of the McCarthy’s endured the “Sting in the Tail”. And what a day it was! All four of us taking part in a Lakeland Trails event for the first time. The kids have really got into running as a previous […]   Keep reading »

Does running ever become enjoyable?

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clock24th March 2017

“Does running ever become enjoyable?”  That was the question posed by a running club mate as we both recovered from a chip-timed track 5k. What he was getting at, in joking obviously, was the pain. You know you’re going to go through it. You know it will hit you and your brain will tell you […]   Keep reading »

Thank you kids, thank you Harriers, thank you parkrun

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clock12th March 2017

Never could we have imagined the influence #parkrun would have on our already active kids. First, Louis (15) wanted to try and complete a 5k run. So I took him to Heaton Parkrun – running with him was amazing. On completing it his reaction was “God at times I felt I was dying then!…Can we […]   Keep reading »

Show Your Love for the Lakes

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clock13th December 2015

Storm Desmond has wreaked havoc on the Lakes. Yet the response has been overwhelmingly positive – which comes as no surprise given the strength of community there.   No sooner had the trail of destruction begun, there was everybody sharing the events and calling for people to help by showing their love – as this image from […]   Keep reading »

I Run, Therefore I Am

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clock4th October 2015

Recently I’ve been contemplating why I  run and what it gives me. Why? Well when you miss something you appreciate it all the more. Having missed out on the last two Lakeland Trails events (Keswick and Coniston), I felt very frustrated at my ongoing struggle with #LymeDisease and the inevitable ups and downs my body goes through. In […]   Keep reading »

Race Director Interview: Graham Patten

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clock14th September 2015

In our latest interview, we meet Graham Patten: Race Director, BGR member, all-round trail lover! Graham, you’re probably best known for the Lakeland Trails. What is the ethos behind these? I started the Lakeland Trails in 2004 out of sheer frustration – I’d been moaning for years that our area of the world (the Lake District) didn’t […]   Keep reading »

Pushing beyond: My very first Ultra experience

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clock26th June 2015

I asked my body the question… and it responded with an emphatic “YES!“… There are so many ways I could describe my first ever Ultra. My experience is shared below. It’s not a race report, it’s about what I learned up to and during the day. The Build Up Friday lunchtime thoughts started wondering to […]   Keep reading »


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