Bell smashes course record
THE increasingly popular Anniversary Waltz fell race this year attracted more than 440 runners. It is 11.5 miles long with 3,600ft of ascent covering the Newlands Valley Horseshoe.
A number of Keswick AC members took part on a beautiful clear day. In the men’s race, Chris Arthur, of Bowland, continued his fine form, taking a convincing win in a time of 1.32.52.
Keswick AC’s Sam Stead (1.37.45) ran hard to beat Morgan Donnelly, of Borrowdale Fell Runners (1.38.24), into second place, which was impressive after his victory in the Round the Houses race just three days before.
Howgill Harrier Heidi Dent won the ladies’ race in 1.56.01, with Catherine Spurden, from Keswick, second. Jenn Mattinson, of Keswick, completed the top three.
There were lots of other good performances from Keswick runners, including Julie Carter, who took the ladies’ v50 prize.
The Teenager with Altitude race is the longer alternative to the Anniversary Waltz at a distance of just under 16.5 miles and 7,600ft of climbing, taking in all the fells surrounding the Newlands Valley. Again there was a good turnout of Keswick AC runners.
The long distance lovers such as Lee Newton, Craig Smith, Victoria Howarth and Rachel Findlay Robinson all ran well.
Race winner was Keswick’s Carl Bell who led from start to finish and broke the course record by nearly two minutes. His time of 2.37.38 was well ahead of second placed Perry Adam, of Helm Hill, in 2.54.26.