The ever popular Rotary 10Km Trail Run (for ages 15 & above), and 4Km Fun Run will take place this year on Sunday 14 October 2018, starting and finishing at the fabulous Lowther Castle with its cafe, shop and other attractions.
The Trail Run, starting at 11.15am, follows a superb one lap course amid the wonderful scenery of Lowther Park, on grass, farm tracks and tarmac. The Fun Run starts at 10.30am (14 yrs and under) and comprises an attractive 2 lap course on tracks and grass right in front of Lowther Castle. Medals will be awarded in various categories for both runs while prizes/mementoes will be given in the Fun run section.
Event organiser Rotarian Stephen Lindley said: “This really is a wonderful event. It was introduced in 2009 as a community occasion where people could run in lovely countryside, seriously or for fun.
“Perhaps, because of the fantastic venue and setting, people of all ages and abilities now take part, club runners from far and wide but also many who just enjoy jogging in lovely countryside. Participants describe their enjoyment of the most scenic views as the best of any race they’ve done.
“The fun run too has gone from strength to strength with children running hand-in-hand with their parents whilst some young aspiring athletes like to have a proper go. The added benefit is that this wonderful inclusive event also raises funds for Rotary supported good causes.
“This year our main supported charity will be Eden Mencap. I also wish to thank our sponsors, Persimmon Homes, PFK Estate Agents, Cranstons and Fellside Carpets, and to thank Princes Eden Valley Mineral Water for donating water for the runners and Morrisons for sweets donations for the Fun Run. Finally to thank Lowther Estates for their kind and generous permission to stage our event.’’
As an event special offer, on race day only, Lowther is offering, for any adult taking part in the 10k Trail Run, free admission for 1 child (15 or under) to Lowther Castle and Gardens on presentation of their Trail Run runner number, (adult to pay full entrance price).
To be sure, everyone will be delighted by the garden’s history as well as the recently installed lost castle, an impressively large wooden structure, deep into the garden woods. As a place for the imagination, it has a magic all of its own.
Penrith Rotary is one of three Rotary clubs in the Eden District and part of the huge Rotary volunteer organisation with a membership of more than a million across the world.
These clubs help their local communities and raise funds for good causes also working with local schools and youth organisations to support and develop young people.
Full information including the timing of each event and online entry details can be found at: www.penrithrotarytrailrun.org.uk