On your marks, get set, snow! Coniston race takes place seven months late... (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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On your marks, get set, snow! Coniston race takes place seven months late...
A MAJOR race takes place in the Lake District today - seven months after it was halted by heavy snow.
The Coniston 14 road race was originally due to happen in March.
But the day before the race, the heaviest snow fell in Coniston for 20 years.
Now in its 32nd year, the race starts from the John Ruskin School from 11am and involves a circular loop of Coniston Water.
Geoff Cooper, race co-ordinator, said: "Most competitors have kept their bookings for the October race and new runners have booked so the day promises to be as popular as ever."
"The Coniston 14 is probably the most beautiful road race in Britain. Each year it attracts some 1600 runners and is considered to be one of the best organised small races in the country."
The race is organised by a small committee of volunteers from Coniston.
It began in 1982 and since then has become a popular spring event in the village calendar.
The event also prides itself on sustainable practice - runners are encouraged to car share, water is provided in recyclable paper cups, food is prepared at the school and runners receive Coniston slate coasters.
Each year the race committee hands over some £20,000 to about 30 local charities and clubs in the community. Last year, £5,000 was raised for St. Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston.
For more info, visit www.coniston14.com
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