10/06/2018. Back for 2018 but this time it’s different. Firstly it’s moved away from the pesky winds of winter to a glorious summers day. Secondly it’s part of the High Fells Trail Series so there are a load of prizes on offer for people who want to race it.
Why not come and do some trail running on one of the most famous estates in the north east? National Trust’s own Cragside was home to the world famous engineer/inventor William Armstrong who was one of the biggest industrial players of his day. He bought a house and a plot of land just north of Rothbury and over the years sculpted it to be the absolute delight you see today. Now it’s your turn to run through the carefully manicured trees, past the wrought iron bridge that looks up at the house, near the Archimedes screw and marvel at the beauty of the environment.
We’re offering one amazing distance for this event of ten miles (more like 9.5 but it will feel further!). The route will be tackling a lot of the famous parts of the grounds but we draw the line at running through the actual house itself! To get round here swiftly you will need to be comfortable with sharp climbs and be nimble on your feet for the descents.
Those of you who have visited Cragside before will know that the tracks are much varied in their distance, terrain and gradient. To us this makes the perfect combination to test all aspects of running off road. The long forest tracks cover good distances but are very rarely (never) flat and the connecting trails can be rocky, twisty and tight. Concentration is key in this kind of setting.
In return we’ll give everyone a tech t-shirt and a medal as well as cajoling you around the route, fully waymarking the course, providing safety cover and cheering you along. We will have marshals and a safety staff stationed at checkpoints where you will find water and sugary snacks to keep you going. Jelly babies feature highly on the requested foods for getting round! Gluten free and vegan stuff will be provided. At the end you can do your bit for the local economy by stopping for a cup of coffee and a cake at the delightful Cragside cafe or even stop to have a good look around the place.
Suitable for all levels of runner. Now what’s stopping you?