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Hundreds enjoy the Great Trail Chalenge

The finish line Photo: ITV

Around 1500 runners have taken part in a new off road race in the Lake District.

The Great Trail Challenge is one of the biggest of its kind in the region, and organisers are hoping that it will grow significantly in the coming years.

Three runs were on offer – a full and half marathon, as well as a 10 kilometre race for those who wanted a slightly easier challenge.

All three started and finished in Keswick, but went via the undulating nearby fells. There were warnings ahead of the event that the full marathon should only be attempted by experienced runners.

Picturesque route Credit: ITV

The people behind the event are the same company that organise the Great North Run in the North East and also the Great North Swim, which is taking place in Windermere next weekend.

Runners taking part Credit: ITV

That event has grown into the largest open water swimming event in the country. Last year 10,000 people took part – some taking part in the race, but most raising money for charity or doing it for fun.