Organisers of Keswick Mountain Festival have presented trophies and cheques to the winners of club and team competitions in this year’s sports events. Chapel Allerton Running Club triumphed in the KMF Trail Running Club Cup and Tri-Lakeland won the KMF Triathlon Club Cup. A third trophy – the KMF Trail Running Team Cup - was won by Team Mountain Fuel.
The club and team cup competitions were introduced for the first time ahead of this year’s Keswick Mountain Festival. In the KMF Trail Running Club Cup, a minimum of six runners (with a mixture of genders) per club had to complete one of the four races, at 5K, 10K, 25K and 50K, with at least one runner finishing each event. North Leeds club Chapel Allerton recorded the best combined finishing positions and won a trophy, £250 and free entry to defend the title in 2017.
Committee member and membership secretary Kath Owen commented: “It’s been a fantastic year for the club, which is going from strength to strength. We’re delighted to be able to donate part of our prize money from the KMF Trail Running Club Cup to two flood relief charities, in Keswick and Leeds, with the rest going into helping us develop the club.”
The KMF Trail Running Team Cup was designed for any other teams or groups that were participating, but were not registered running or athletics clubs. Lakes-based Team Mountain Fuel enjoyed a hugely successful festival, with athletes finishing at or very near the front of every race.
Rupert Bonington, who manages the team, comments:
“This was a fantastic team effort, which included a number of locals and I am grateful to all of them. Team Mountain Fuel’s prize money has been donated to a great local cause. Keswick Football Club lost its junior goals in the floods, so I am delighted that we have been able to make a contribution to replacing those.”
In the KMF Triathlon Club Cup, a minimum of four individual competitors had to complete either the short women’s triathlon, short men’s triathlon or long triathlon (with at least one finisher per event). Tri-Lakeland recorded the best combined finishing positions and won the trophy, £250 and free entry to defend the title in 2017.
Jeff Thorpe of Tri-Lakeland comments:
“Tri-Lakeland were delighted to take part in inaugural KMF Triathlon Club Cup competition and even happier to discover we’d won it. Congratulations to everyone in the team who contributed to our success. As a club based in and around Cockermouth, we continue to support local events such as Keswick Mountain Festival and I’m sure we’ll be there next year to defend our trophy at this fantastic triathlon.”
Lucy Scrase, Keswick Mountain Festival Sporting Director, comments:
“The club and team cups added an extra level of excitement to this year’s sporting events, and attracted some very talented athletes. There were some outstanding performances in all of the races and it was brilliant to see that so many clubs and other teams were represented. Congratulations to all of the winners, and to everyone who took part, and we look forward to even more keen competition in 2017.”