Around 1,200 runners tackled the 13.1m city and country course last year. There’s a change to the route this year with a dedicated start/finish area at The Sheepmount Athletics Stadium in Carlisle.
The race route will take runners past the iconic castle and into the city centre before heading out into the countryside. It takes in some of the area’s most beautiful countryside and, in the picturesque villages of Cumwhinton, Wetheral and Scotby, runners are guaranteed plenty of encouragement.
The return into the city will also pass the Cenotaph in Rickerby Park, through Bitts Park to finish on the track at The Sheepmount. The race uses Stuweb disposable timing chips which are already attached to the runner’s number. In another change to previous years, the fun run will take place the day before on Saturday 6 October and start at 11.30am, again at The Sheepmount.
The fun run will follow the familiar Bitts Park route. Nominated charities for the Great Cumbrian Run for 2018 are CFM Cash for Kids, Eden Valley Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support and Teenage Cancer Trust. Entry closes 10am on Thursday 4 October, details at www.better.org.uk/gcr Photos: ©News & Star