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08/08/2005 - See the Masters in action!

SPECTATORS at next month’s 5th Masters World Mountain Running Championships in Keswick can take either the high road or the low road for the best view of the action!

Up to 1,000 runners from all over the world are expected to take part in the Masters series of races on Saturday, September 10th, which start and finish at Keswick’s Fitz Park.

The courses run from Fitz Park out along the lower flanks of Latrigg and Skiddaw before looping onto Lonscale Fell and returning to Fitz Park (first race starts 11am, final race starts 3.30pm).

Course organiser Dave Spedding, a former British senior fell running champion and member of Keswick AC, said: “As all the start and finish procedures are in Fitz Park, this would be a really good area for someone wanting to be fully entertained without seeing the hard work in the heather!

“There will be easy access to refreshments, a race commentary to keep you in touch with what is happening and shelter from the elements if needed.

“The more energetic spectators could make their way up the tourist path on the north west side of Latrigg and can view up and down action en route.

“Once arriving at the Latrigg Car Park area, action on the fell can be observed, probably best with the aid of a pair of binoculars.

“After this point, more energy will be needed to take you on to the fell proper. In the morning, the short course for older veterans does a clockwise loop on Lonscale which can be followed by the race route information boards and markers.

“Care should be taken not to impede competitors. The afternoon races for younger competitors take an anti clockwise half loop on Lonscale and then proceed directly to the summit. These areas are for individuals wanting to see the toughest part of the action.

“The descent of the afternoon races comes down Jenkin Hill on the main Skiddaw path. Runners going at full speed down here might be a sight many people have not encountered.

“All in all, there’s a good variety of places to view, but it should be pointed out that on the fell you are exposed to potential extreme weather conditions and good waterproof clothing should be taken even in sunny conditions as thing can change rapidly.”

Anyone wanting to get fully involved with the event can even volunteer their services as a marshal or steward. There are jobs for people without fell running experience. If you are interested, contact Dave Spedding at davesped2@tiscali.co.uk to go on the register of volunteers.

For further information about the event, check out www.mountainrunningkeswick.org.uk or phone John Reynolds at Allerdale Borough Council on 01900 326344.

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