Hundreds Take Part in Langdale Christmas Pudding Race

It’s now officially Christmas because the Christmas races have started! At the weekend it was the 10k Langdale Christmas Pudding race, which is organised by Ambleside youth charity Brathay Trust. Over 700 runners took part in some wet and windy conditions!

Setting off in the damp and mist on Saturday (7 Dec) the runners followed a route through the Great Langdale Valley, starting and ending at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. The runners passed through Chapel Stile, Elterwater and Bayesbrown Woods before returning. All those who crossed the finish line received a Christmas pudding provided by sponsors Sainsburys in Kendal.

Many of the runners wore Christmas costumes and included a team of pigs in blankets and three kings as bears.

The race winner was Pete Harrison of Helm Hill Runners in a time of 34:51 closely followed by Sarah McCormack of Ambleside AC (in the header image above), who repeated her overall second place race position of last, but this time setting a course record time of 35:33. It was the end of a great year of racing for Sarah who recently won the World Mountain Running Association World Cup.

Pete Harrison winner of Langdale Christmas Pudding Race
Pete Harrison of Helm Hill wins the men’s race

The rebranded Gingerbread 3k was held for a second year with 33 runners aged five-years plus taking part, and all receiving a gingerbread biscuit. It was organised by Langdale Primary School who also provided teas and coffees as a school fundraiser. Brathay hope to grow this event for 2020.

“The Christmas Pudding 10k would not be possible without some fantastic support,” said Brathay’s Race Director and Head of Fundraising Scott Umpleby.

“Many friends of Brathay braved the weather to ensure all runners had a fun, safe and memorable run. All Brathay Running events raise funds to support our work with disadvantaged children and young people. It’s fantastic to see so many people challenging themselves in the beautiful Lake District. We really appreciate all the different ways people help by running, sponsoring and volunteering.

“We already planning our events for 2020, beginning in May with the Brathay 10in10, ASICS Windermere Marathon and Brathay 5k, [click on links to enter now]” added Scott.

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