The only benefit from having to cancel last year’s event is that we are well ahead of planning for the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon on 3/4th July. We have fantastic locations for both event centre and overnight camp and great courses at every level.
We have spent the extra time looking at how we can make the Saunders even better and provide a challenging but enjoyable experience for all our competitors. We’ve put on a virtual 3-hour or 6-hour training course and we’ve been working on ways to make the Saunders covid secure – full details will be sent nearer the time. We’ve also had time to think about some of the long-standing traditions of the race.
One of the areas that we have been considering is the allocation of trophies and prizes and it this clear that the existing system is not equitable. Historically we have awarded trophies for winners on an overall basis, and then smaller prizes for first three teams in each category and for female and veteran categories. Generally, this means 3 male teams stand on the podium. Out of 41 course winners in the past 5 years only 2 have been female teams.