The 33rd Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon started from Chapel Stile in Great Langdale. Dawn came on the Saturday with a cloudless sky. After a midge infestation that affected the early teams, the day turned rather warm. Luckily, there was a small breeze around the summits. Even so, many teams found the temperature rather warm. The shorted courses headed in a generally north west to north east direction, whilst the longer ones headed for Bowfell and Scafell. They then turned eastwards to finish at Steel End Farm at the south end of Thirlmere reservoir
The Sunday dawn cool and cloudless as the runners headed by various routes round the west end of Great Langdale, so that they came in to the finish over Lingmoor Fell.
The race organisers would like to acknowledge and thank Bruce Rowand of Bayes Brown, the Event Centre, Gavin Bland of Steel End Farm, the Mid Camp, United Utilities, The National Trust, Natural England, the Lake District National Park Authority and the commoners and tenant farmers helped us to stage this event.
|Behind the scenes at a Mountain Marathon, by Bob Clare|