Days on the mountains and fells don’t get any better… May Day bank holiday, 200 competitors embracing a relaxed and casual approach to racing and 3-days on the iconic Lakeland fells and mountains.
Shane Ohly, race director for the GL3D ™ provides a selection of courses to suit every runner’s ability or competitive edge – Elite, A, B or the newly introduced C class for walkers. In conjunction with great planning and organization, a friendly atmosphere and believe it or not, good weather, day-1 proved to be an incredible start for the 2014 edition.
In the best traditions of the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon, the competitors were promised a surprise on the first morning. Race Director, Shane Ohly explained, ‘The LAMM has a deserved reputation for surprising competitors on the first day with an unexpected change of venue or logistic and I wanted to embrace this idea for the GL3D™.’
The day kicked off with a steamer cruise across Ullswater from the race HQ at Pooley Bridge to Howtown and then a rolling start as runners ‘dibbed-in’ to commence the day.
Although very few glimpses of sun were sighted, the whole day remained dry and calm with constant cloud. Each and every participant stated, ‘Perfect running conditions.’
Despite the relaxed atmosphere the Great Lakeland 3Day™ remains a formidable challenge with the Elite runners covering 46.2km on day-1, the A class, 40km, B class, 31.3km and the new C course 24.1km.
It was grand tour of some of the best Lakeland ridges, summits and valleys with an optimal altitude gain of 1,183m for the C-class and 2,738m for the Elites. The A and B courses had 2,373 and 1,590m respectively.
A huge slice of cake, unlimited tea or coffee and of course the famous (or infamous) free beer or cider ensured that the aches and pains of a first tough day in the mountains would soon be forgotten.
Elite – 46.2km
Jim Mallin 5:19:56
Tim Laney 5:57:54
Chris Warner 5:58:12
1st lady – Kerstin Rosenqvist 6:44:44
A – 40k
Simon Harper 5:14:42
Jim Trueman 5:49:48
Adrian Chewter 5:50:50
1st lady – Sally Ann Spencer 6:27:18
B – 31.3k
Eddy Charlton-Weedy 3:31:20
Alexander Beaven 4:04:23
David Neill 4:21:05
1st lady – Christine Waller 4:44:49
C – 24.1k
Stephen Burt 4:03:42
Jaqueline Cooper 5:07:03
Martin & Nicola Kirkman 5:39:20
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