Charity clear Great Cumbria Run winner
Last updated at 14:53, Friday, 04 October 2013
Thousands of runners are warming up for Cumbria’s biggest run – with charities already celebrating success.
Both competitive and amateur athletes will be trying to break records both on and off the 13.1-mile Cumberland Building Society Great Cumbrian Run route.
Many of those taking part are raising money for charities, some with moving reasons for wanting to help their chosen cause.
In the region of 1,300 people have already entered with hundreds more expected to join them before the horn blows on Sunday morning.
Runners from across Cumbria and further and further afield will be trying to beat the 63 minute 34 second course record set by Francis Bowen in 2004 or attempting to pip last year’s winner, Border Harrier Jon Fletcher.
Racers will start at the entrance to Carlisle Castle before heading through the city centre and out towards Cumwhinton and Wetheral. From there they will head back to the city via Scotby, through Rickerby Park to the finishing line at The Sheepmount.
The leaders are expected to finish at The Sheepmount at about 11am.
Event director Garry Schubert said that the run, in its 31st year, has become a big part of Cumbria’s calendar.
“Currently we are probably at around 1,300 entries but we tend to get quite a few hundred coming in over the last week. We are hoping that we get around 1,500 for the Cumbrian Run and around 500 for the fun run,” he said.
“I think we do quite well every year to manage to get around the same number. Of the entries we already have around 700 of them are Cumbrian based. It is well supported locally.
“It has been going for 31 years now and it has grown to be an event on the calendar every year for Cumbria. We recognise that and we try to attract as many participants throughout the county.”
Mr Schubert added that the course’s design appealed to both hardcore and amateur runners.
“It works well for runners because they enjoy the city and country parts the race has to offer. Also because it isn’t such a demanding course it encourages more people to join which means a good result for entries,” he said. “It is wedged in between two major events so the legacy of the Olympics and the upcoming Commonwealth Games are fresh in peoples minds, and we always try to play on that.
“The charity side of things is always well supported through the hospice and Macmillan.
“Plus there are lots of runners who take part and raise money for their own charity. The fancy dress always adds another flavour too.”
Among the causes that will benefit from the run are Eden Valley Hospice and Eden House Children’s Hospice, who have a team of more than 30 runners eager to cross the finishing line.
Melissa Andrews, from Carlisle, is running to support the children’s hospice after her son has received support from there for more than a decade.
She said: “I am raising money for Eden House because I want to give something back. My youngest son has attended Eden House for the last 10 years and it feels great to be able to do this small thing for them.
“I decided to do the Cumbrian Run because I’ve recently started getting fit, stopped smoking and lost some weight so I thought why not put all that to good use and make money for a wonderful challenge.”
Last week Melissa and her husband Peter completed the 64-mile Cycle the Solway event in aid of Eden House.
The race is also a special event for Julie Tiffen, from Carlisle, who is running in memory of her mother Mary Taylor and mother-in-law Barbara Tiffen.
She said: “My mother-in-law was cared for by Eden Valley Hospice. The hospice staff took great care of her and us as a family.
“I just wanted to give something back, to help them continue the fantastic work they do. I am definitely looking forward to the finish.”
There will be disruptions and road closures along Castle Way at approximately 9.55am while runners cross between the race starting point at the Castle, and make their way up Castle Street. Warwick Road will also experience disruption at approximately 11am.
First published at 14:25, Friday, 04 October 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk
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