HARC Runners at Lakeland Trails Coniston Marathon Event Weekend

Lakeland Trails hosted their annual ‘Marathon Event’ in Coniston on Sunday 6th June. Three runners from Hambleton Athletics and Running Club took part. The marathon and half marathon courses wound their way through the foothills below Coniston Old Man, before taking in a lap of the extraordinarily beautiful Tarn Hows. The half-marathoners then headed back down to the village while the marathon runners ran all the way around Lake Coniston.

Alasdair McWilliam took on the full marathon – 26.2 miles of challenging hills and terrain – a fantastic achievement, especially in the scorching heat.

Gemma Birtles faced her first ever half marathon with support from Head Coach, Chris Lees. They finished the course despite a comic book head injury and celebrated with a paddle in Lake Coniston after crossing the line.

Alasdair and Gemma are both qualified run leaders and have recently assisted the rest of the coaching team in delivering a Couch to 5k programme to participants based in Northallerton and Stokesley. They are looking forward to seeing these new runners progress to similar events in the future!

HARC is a growing club offering 15 sessions per week from our bases in Bedale, Stokesley and Northallerton.

These include speed intervals, Couch to 5K programmes and social runs.

If you would like to find out more about our friendly, inclusive, coaching-led club, please visit Home – Hambleton Athletics and Running Club or contact coaching@harc.uk.

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