The Grasmere Gallop

Published: Thursday 18th Apr 2013

Written by: Natalie Barker

For those of you of an active persuasion, this years Grasmere Gallop (Sat 8th June) promises to have something for everyone.

Although a fairly new event on the Lake District calendar  The Grasmere Gallop has quickly become a favourite amongst both locals and holiday-makers. The past 3 years of events have been organised by the National Trust who have managed to expand the format & promote it to a wide audience whilst using the funds raised to support essential conservation work in the Grasmere and Rydal area. The event can be as competitive as you like from those who want to put forward their best time to those who simply want to take part and enjoy the day.

This years event will for the first time include a 17km race which will take in some of the most stunning scenery on offer anywhere in Britain. From the start line the race crosses Loughrigg Terrace, Fell and Tarn before returning to Grasmere village via Rydal Water and Grasmere itself.

The traditional 10km race is still run through the Vale of Grasmere and Rydal, the place that inspired the foundation of The National Trust. Leaving Grasmere along the same route as the 17km race, through Deer Bolts wood & along Loughrigg Terrace before passing the stunning Rydal Cave before returning to the village along the shores of Grasmere & Rydal Water. There is even an optional ‘water dash’ for the brave souls who wish to try it.

For younger runners or those who don’t feel up to the longer runs there is a lower level 5.7km run which turns before the slope up to Loughrigg Terrace and descends to the Grasmere shoreline returning to Grasmere sports field for a ‘grandstand finish’. This route has proved popular with families who can run or walk the course.

Also returning for it’s second year is the 10km ‘Nordic Walk’. After receiving such strong support last year the NT would love to welcome as many walkers as possible to make this one of the premier ‘Nordic Walking’ events in the UK.In keeping with the National Trust commitment to encourage all ages to enjoy our national parks,there will also be a ‘Teddy Dash‘ for the under 5′s to take part in on the Sports field itself. Supported by Grasmere school and Nursery. Can your child and his/her teddy gallop a circuit of Grasmere sports field negotiating obstacles along the way?

Sporting events have long been at the heart of Lake District life with the Grasmere Gallop quickly establishing itself amongst the great Lake District days out alongside such traditional events as Ambleside Sports, Grasmere Sports, Rydal Sheepdog Trials and the new wave of events including The Great North Swim, Total Warrior, The Eden Valley Cycle Sportive & The Great Langdale Road races. Seeing the Lake District from the car or a tour bus is one thing but becoming part of your surroundings by joining in these events can be a fantastic experience.

For more information about any of the events simply click on the blue highlighted links to be taken straight to the page you’re interested in. I won’t be on the course this year (can’t do Saturdays) but if anyone fancies joining me for the 10 mile Sunday route at Total Warrior in August I’m always open to running partners :-)

Natalie Barker
Natalie Barker


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