Coastal event a runaway success

A coastal running event was such a success, organisers are hoping to run it again next year.

Run The Edge, a multi-terrain running festival, was held near the Duddon Estuary on Sunday as part of the Connecting Cumbria’s Hidden Coast programme.

It was organised by the Millom Striders running club on behalf of Cumberland Council.

Andrew Rigg, Chairman of Millom Striders, said: “Run The Edge was an absolutely amazing success – so much so that we are already thinking about a second event next spring.

“We had 159 runners in the main 5k and 11k races and another 30 in the fun run, including lots of children. We also had lots of local volunteers helping us marshal the event. The participants were from right across Cumbria and the feedback has been incredible.”

Cllr Anne Quilter, Cumberland’s Portfolio Holder for Vibrant and Healthy Places, said: “This event was exceptionally well received, and the partnership with the Millom Striders was key to that. I’d like to say well done on a professionally run event, fully enjoyed by those who attended.

“We had hoped Run The Edge could grow and perhaps became an annual event, so to hear that the Striders are keen to do another is great news. We’d certainly like to work with them on ways to secure funding for a similar event in the future, showcasing our wonderful coast.

“The outdoor experience economy is a key part of our visitor industry and it’s something we want to support. Events like this not only showcase our amazing scenery and hospitality, they support business and promote healthy activity too.”

Competitors took part in one of two races – 11.4km, and 5km – in stunning coastal scenery, including the Hodbarrow Nature Reserve. There was also a short family fun run and other activities. Runners received a T-shirt, buff, medal and water bottle on completion of the races.

Some of the feedback from people who attended the event:

  • “What a fantastic event – possibly one of the best I’ve been to. A massive well done to the organising team. I’m really looking forward to the next one.” – Keith
  • “This was a fantastic event – a brilliant route, fantastic marshals and perfect signage. Well done to you all for putting this event on.” – Paula
  • “The race was brilliant – what a beautiful course! I don’t think I could have picked a better one for my first run back. We were touched at the welcome we received and our friends who visited said they’d like to come back.” – Liv, on her first race back after chemotherapy.

Run The Edge was part of the Connecting Cumbria’s Hidden Coast programme, which is led by Cumberland Borough Council and funded with £1.15m from Sellafield Ltd and more than £1m from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund. It aims to inspire visitors to this area of coast, promote health and wellbeing and raise awareness of the area in the rest of the UK. As well as the coastal running festival, it includes a new beach cafe at Silecroft, several new cycle and footpath routes and an extensive arts programme, Deep Time.

Image: Cumberland Council

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