VERNON WARMS UP FOR EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH SOLID WIN AT INAUGURAL KARRIMOR GREAT TRAIL CHALLENGE

 

Steve Vernon received a heartening boost to his ambitions of lifting the European Mountain Running Championships title with his victory at the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge (17 June).

 

The event, which incorporated a Home Countries International match and mass participation event across three distances was staged by Nova, organisers of the Bupa Great North Run.

 

Taking charge of the race over a testing 10km course in Keswick, Steve Vernon immediately stamped his authority before going on to post an impressive time of 31 minutes 57 seconds, ahead of established British international cross country runner Andi Jones. At the finish, Vernon held an advantage of 27sec from Jones with Brian MacMahon of Ireland finishing third in 32:44.

 

 

 

Rebecca Robinson, another highly experienced performer was made to fight much harder in the early stages by England’s Emma Clayton before lifting the women's title. Robinson clocked a time of 36:47 with Sarah McCormack of Ireland finishing second in 36:58 and Emma Clayton holding on to take third spot in 37:01.

 

England were victorious in the team competition with an overall 28 points based on the positions of the senior and junior men and women. Scotland shared the same score of 37pts with Ireland but claimed second on countback. Wales finished fourth on 65pts.

 

 

 

 

Across the day, hundreds of running enthusiasts took part in challenging 10km, half marathon and marathon distances whilst enjoying breathtaking Lakeland views.

 

 

The 10km route left Station Field along the Keswick Railway Footpath, climbed the northern shoulder of Latrigg Fell, before making its way back down Cumbria Way to the finish line at Station Field. The multi-lap half and full marathon distances also incorporated this route, along with a longer lap reaching a height of nearly 400 metres.

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