The morning finally arrived, the morning of my first half marathon. My first half marathon that also happened to be an off-road trail race… in the Lake District, not renowned for it’s easy terrain – and then I remembered I’d married Alex!
When the day came I wasn’t too worried about the distance – I knew I could walk 21km pretty comfortably thanks to our Te Araroa training earlier in the year. The thing that got me though was that it was raining – and I had refused to run in the rain since we had got home from New Zealand (princess I know).
Anyway we started out in the rain. And the wind. But somehow it was beautiful! The trail starts by weaving it’s way along the lake shore of Derwent water before climbing up the valley to Rosthwaite over the fells. We encountered our first climb which to my delight everyone was walking up! The run down the wet grass on the other side was very entertaining and ‘controlled’ is definitely not a word that comes to mind.
The climb back out of Rosthwaite was steep and hard. Alex did a great job of encouraging me up with water and jelly babies. From the top it was back down the valley towards Keswick, scrambling over slippy stones and through the thick bracken. The last 5km was the toughest as we continued on through the fells on bit of a dodgy camber before negotiating our way through the holiday crowds to the finish line at Crow Park.
Incredible feeling as we sprinted across the finish line! The event was organised by High Terrain events – the same organisers as the Scafell Pike Marathon which Alex did back in 2014 – great atmosphere and big thanks to all the volunteers and event marshals!