‘THE SANDS CHASE CHALLENGE’
Usually, the Sands Chase takes place on the first Sunday of the year. The start/finish is the stone archway over Fernhill Road, by Graythwaite Court, in Grange-over-Sands (LA11 7BN). The route is about 10 km and involves a couple of decent climbs, but with a flat middle bit along the sea front.
* New … for anyone new to the club and any visitors, the route is now mapped. Please follow this link to the Sands Chase route.
It’s a race which anyone can win. All you need to to do is work out a start time which, based on your own judgement of pace, will allow you to get around the course with the aim of arriving back at midday. No watches/timing allowed apart from …
(a) the race controller/director telling you when your desired start time is coming up &
(b) the route goes past Grange clock tower (assuming it’s to time)!
So it depends on how well you can judge your speed around the course, to arrive back as close as you can to midday. It’s a great idea to give everyone a chance to win it, as long as you have a good estimation of your pace!
In comparison with the other 2 races we’ve put on done in 2017, it’s very low-key, i.e. there aren’t any marshals for this one. However, if you’d done either the Allithwaite-8, or the charity half-marathon for St. Mary’s Hospice and would like to join us again, please get in touch by e-mailing the club, as we can organise some practice runs (details of any recce runs will be put on the club’s calendar).
It’s a sweepstake entry, £2 on the day. Just turn up a bit of time before you want to start, hand over the entry fee and your wristwatch or phone, let the race controller know what time you want to start and good luck. Half of the entry money gets donated to charity, the winner (home at the time closest to midday) gets the other half.
‘THE ALLITHWAITE 8’ (mkII) 2017
Saturday 4th November 2017 – 11 am start.
The 2nd edition of the Allithwaite 8, now with modified route – MORE OFF-ROAD! It’s a multi-terrain race on the beautiful Cartmel Peninsula. Start & finish at Allithwaite community centre, LA11 7QJ.
The length is just over 8 miles. About 2/3 of that is off-road now … trail, field, fell, limestone pavement & racecourse. The remaining 1/3 is short stretches of road to join the more-interesting bits. About the only sort of terrain we can’t promise is snow! Get ready for a great adventure on a marshalled and signed course. A drinks station will be provided halfway around and more refreshments will be available at the finish, as well as toilets/showers.
Prizes will be available for 1st, 2nd & 3rd man/lady and winners of u-18 & veteran age groups, plus some spot prizes. All prizes are made locally and are tasty!
Event covered by ARC permit 17/357.
Entries open now via SI Entries Allithwaite 8 entry or via post. Min. age 16+ on race day.
Advance-entry £8 for runners affiliated to ARC or UKA.
On race day, or if unaffiliated to a club, £10 entry.
‘The Allithwaite charity half-marathon’
This took place on the 9th of September 2017, to raise funds for St. Mary’s Hospice, Ulverston. It was a hilly half-marathon on road, based on the former South Lakes Half-marathon (last run in 2012).
The start was at Cartmel Priory School. The course headed along the Cartmel valley, climbed up to Allithwaite and contoured along a flank of Hampsfell, before dropping down to Grange. From there, another climb took runners up to Lindale, followed by a descent to Field Broughton and back to finish at Cartmel school. Photos and results are on our Facebook site. In total, the race raised £369.60 for St. Mary’s!