Athletes from across UK and Europe flock to Trimpell road race

Winner Iraitz Arrospide, centre, with second place Andrew Grant, left, and third-placed finisher David Palmer, right. Picture: Peter Sariwee (Sprint Finish Photography)
Winner Iraitz Arrospide, centre, with second place Andrew Grant, left, and third-placed finisher David Palmer, right. Picture: Peter Sariwee (Sprint Finish Photography)
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Lancaster Castle hosted the annual Trimpell 20 mile road race last weekend and there was a fantastic display of determination and will power from all the participants.

The race setting was spectacular with the sun shining and with the start line down by Quay Meadow with the Priory looming to the right and the River Lune to the left

Around 700 runners from across the UK and Europe took on the fast route with an early tussle with the front runners battling for the lead.

Iraitz Arrospide made a surge and broke the group, Arrospide from the City of Sheffield AC then began to dominate the race and pushed hard to build a strong lead.

The route at 19.75m then hits Long Marsh Lane hill which leads the finishers into the Castle for the finish.

Arrospide time was 1hr 52mins 36 sec which is a fantastic time and excellent preparation for his marathon in a few weeks time.

In the women’s race Joasia Zakrzewski took the victory with a strong run and taking 12th place overall, she was chased all the way by last year’s winner Michelle Nolan but Zakrzewski fought hard and took the win with 2hrs 5mins 28secs.

The race is used by many runners for the preparation for either the Manchester or London marathon and the Lancaster Race Series was exceptionally pleased to see people running for many different reasons.

Race Director William Gardner said after the event: “It is a long day for the organisers but when you see the effort made by all the runners it makes you so proud to put on events”.

Local runners also got in on the act and faired strongly in the event with Jon Sear the first back for LMAC in an excellent time of 2hrs 27mins 11sec. The first lady from LMAC back was Emily Stapleton running well for 2hrs 52mins 00secs.