The Montane Trail 26 Grizedale is the first of three 2018 Trail26 trail events in which runners can opt to take part in either the marathon or half marathon. The event takes place close to Hawkeshead - nestled in between Coniston Water and Lake Windermere it provides the perfect venue to kick off your trail running New Year.
The course consists of 2 separate loops. The first loop is completed by both the Trail 26 and Trail 13 competitors whilst the second loop is reserved for the more hardy marathoners! The route on the first loop is a mixture of gravel, trail path and fire roads which wind their way through the pine trees of Grizedale Forest, together with some open grassy sections which provide a stunning view of Coniston Water. Generally the first loop is well drained but if we have a British Winter there is a chance of mud!
The route on the second loop is bit more technical underfoot with more uneven terrain, boggy areas, open fields and some small sections of road. It will be all worth it when you finally catch sight of Lake Windermere. The Grizedale trail running event can be classed as "lumpy" (Trail 26 code for "it’s a tad hilly"). There are significant climbs on both the Trail 13 half marathon course and the Trail 26 marathon course to test even the most hardened of trail runners.