A most Scenic Half Marathon – Langdale

 The  most scenic Half Marathon Road Race in England” by Jackie

 
Sunday saw 4 Helsby runners dash up to the lake district to run the infamously hilly Langdale Half. There’s the option of going around twice but only 96 runners managed the marathon compared to the 400+ Halfers. It’s not a course for personal bests – there are many hills  – the steepest being a 1 in 3 within a mile of the start, up and over Blea Tarn into Little Langdale. How on earth anyone can carry on around a second time and do the hills again is mind boggling! 
 
It was a fantastically clear and sunny day, but not too hot so ideal for running and brilliant for views. 
 
David Feakes       1:55:07     Still going strong at end
Jackie Keasley     1:57:21     Delighted with fastest time over last 3 years. 
Mike Hallsworth    1:57:49    First timer; legs gave in at end!
Lesley Feakes       2:16:08    Best smile at end 
 
1st marathoner         3:04:21
1st 1/2 marathoner    1:17:48
 
Mike had come up on his motorbike and headed for home very soon after finishing – he did wonder whether he would be able to get off when be got home – hope to see you at the Helsby run tomorrow! 
 
The rest of us sat in the sun outside the Stickle Barn, eating, drinking and listening to a live singer; punctuated by cheering the last of the Halfers and the first Marthoners. A pefect end to a great race!
 
Jackie
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