Esthwaite Water 10k Road Race – 14th September, 2014

 

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 Report submitted by Nigel Cook

The Race Esthwaite Water 10k Road Race – 14th September 2014
Overall Score (out of a possible 35)  26
 
PB Potential 1 – Undulating!!
Atmosphere 4
Organisation 3
Scenery 5
Value for Money 4
Beginner Friendliness 4
Club Support & Social 5
 
In Short A lovely 10k in the Heart of the Lake District
In Full – The inaugural Esthwaite 10k starts from Hawkshead then takes an anti-clockwise route around Esthwaite Water, to Near Sawrey, then back to Hawkshead. The race was only £11 to enter with the proceeds going to Hawkshead Pre School. It was organised by Rocket Rod, who many Bounders will know from Lakeland Trail events. I decided to make a weekend out of it, so pre-race preparation was in true Bounders style, a heavy night-out on the Friday, 5 Wainwright Peaks on the Saturday, followed by an equally heavy night out. Arriving at the start (a sign on a gate on the main road), I bumped into Brian Richardson, who knew Rod and had also entered. With 2 Partners and a dog in toe, the Bounders supporters out-numbered the Bounders runners.Esthwaite Water 10k 14 09 14 (3)

The race was started by Cedric Robinson MBE, the Queen’s Guide to the Sands. As it was ran on open, albeit quiet roads, the start was slightly chaotic with the Marshals stopping the traffic then ushering the runners onto the road to start the race.

This was all forgotten when you got away on an undulating and sometimes just damn hilly route around the lake, with Grizedale Forest on onside, Claiff Heights on the other and Esthwaite water in the middle. It has to go down as one of the most scenic runs, helped by ideal running weather, not too hot with clear visibility.

Thoroughly enjoyed the run, although did suffer from the previous 2 days excesses. It was quite a simple race with water station half-way and a medal and water at the end. Will certainly try and be back again next year.

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