Smashing results at the 33rd Langdale Road Races
The 33rd edition of the Langdale Marathon & Half took place on Saturday 23rd October in typically autumnal, atmospheric Lake District weather.
Both events were sold out in advance - the first time this has happened since Brathay Trust started organising the events in 2018.
Jarlath McKenna of Bristol & West AC ran a fantastic race to win the marathon in 2:41:34. After looking over Rocket Rod’s archive on Saturday evening, it was established that Jarlath has set a new course record for the Langdale Marathon, beating Steve Littler’s time of 2:41:55 in 2010. Catherine Williamson of Loftus & Whitby AC won the women’s race in 3:18:45. Catherine was also 1st FV35.
Beau Smith had a great run to win the Half Marathon in 1:20:02 with Rebecca Howard finishing 29th overall and 1st FV35 to win the women’s race in 1:42:39.
Runners were greeted with a medal featuring Bowfell – one of the fells overlooking the course. This is the fourth in a series of medals featuring Langdale fells and was designed by local artist Eva Grange.
Race director Scott Umpleby said of the event,
“It has been great to see so many runners experience this challenging course and to include our first mass start in over a year.
We would like to say a big thanks to all the runners and volunteers who came on the day and a special thank you to our sponsors New Dungeon Ghyll, Voom Nutrition Heart of the Lakes and Pete Bland Sports, who make the event possible."