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The first of back to back races this weekend came in the form of the Lakeland Trails Staveley. Starting and finishing at Staveley Recreation Ground, on offer were the 5K Kentmere Sport Trail, 10K Kentmere Trail Run, 18K Kentmere Trail Race and David’s race of choice the 18K Kentmere Trail Challenge. Each of the courses followed fully marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, taking in panoramic views of most of the southern Lakeland fells. The trails climbed out from Staveley above the Kentmere valley, before returning along the valley itself past idyllic tarns and through ancient woodland, climbing Reston Scar before the descent back into Staveley village. Underfoot conditions were quite variable and offered a bit of just about everything! Short sections of tarmac, grassy footpaths, stony bridleways with some stiles to climb over near the end, all added to the unique nature of the event. A carnival atmosphere was guaranteed for both spectators and competitors, with live music, race commentary, food and drink all available at the start and finish. David finished the race in 2:09:59 – well done!