Our Events

We now have 4 fantastic events on our calendar including the brand new for 2018, Lakeland Five Passes Ultra... see below for full details of all our events.

Calendar

Date Event
February 17th 2018 Silverdale Circuit
April 28th 2018

Derwentwater Dawdle

June 16th 2018 Lakeland Five Passes Ultra

October 13th 2018

Lakeland Four Passes

 

Silverdale Circuit - 17th February 2018

Distance - 21 miles    Entry fee: From £17

This is the flattest and fastest event on our calendar and is eminently runnable, but don't let that fool you, it is still a challenging route and should be treated with respect. The start/finish has easy access from the M6 and the route is all comparatively low level so is ideal for a February race.

 

Starting from Milnthorpe Cricket Pavilion this stunning 21 mile route will take you to places that even many locals don't get to see. You will pass through Dalham Deer Park, where you would be very unlucky not to see some of the resident fallow deer and the impressive Leighton Hall. Onwards to Leighton Moss Nature Reserve where you could spot a hunting peregrine falcon before passing Hawes Water and Silverdale before making your way to a fantastic single track along the stunning coastline. An ascent of Arnside Knott follows offering outstanding views of Morecambe Bay and The Lakes if this doesn't sound magical enough you then have an opportunity to climb the Fairy Steps where you will have a wish granted if you reach the top without touching the sides.

 

Sport Sunday will again be on hand to take your photo on the route, entry includes well sotcked aid stations with a variety of options, a bespoke medal and a hot meal at the end for all finishers.

 

Registration will open at 7.30, walkers starts at 8.30am and ALL runners an hour later at 9.30am. You have until 5.30pm to finish so that you're in before it gets dark.

 

Cumbria in February can be cold. Very cold. Or wet. Very wet. We advise full body cover to be worn for this event but you must follow our mandatory kit list which will be announced dependant on weather forecast but you should be prepared to carry full waterproof clothing, water, map, compass & whistle.

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Derwentwater Dawdle- 28th April 2017

Distance - 23 miles                  Entry Fee: From £18

The Derwentwater Dawdle is a challenging 23 mile(ish) route that takes in three tough ascents totalling 4300ft as you complete a full circuit of Derwentwater.

 

From the start at Victory Memorial Hall in Braithwaite you soon make your way to the first ascent, to the summit of Cat Bells giving stunning views back towards Keswick & over Derwentwater, from here you have a fast technical descent to the lake side and make your way past the iconic Castle Crag to Rosthwaite and the first check point at the Institute.

 

Another steep ascent soon awaits as you head up to Dock Tarn, a beautifully isolated spot... you probably will get wet feet! After passing Watendleth you will head to the second check point located at Surprise View (and it lives up to it's name) before dropping to the famous Lake District beauty spot at Ashness Bridge. The final big climb up to Walla Crag will bring yet more stunning views over Derwentwater before another fast and fun descent. One final short optional climb to the view point at Castlehead is included in the route before you pass through Keswick beginning your return to the start point.

 

This route features several punishing climbs that reward you with full panoramic views of Derwentwater and Keswick for your entry fee you get a full detailed route description, well stocked checkpoints featuring a selection of sweet and savoury food, with hot and cold drinks at CP1 & cold drinks at CP2. You also receive a cooked hot meal at the end & all finishers will get a bespoke medal.

 

Registration opens at 7.30am, the start for walkers is 8.30am and ALL runners set off an hour later at 9.30am. Cut-off for all participants is 5.30pm with additional cut-offs at each check point.

 

Now moved to April we shouldn't have the threat of snow now, but this month is infamous for it's showers. You must adhere to the minimum mandatory kit set out in our rules, these will normally include full waterproof body cover, map, compass, whistle, emergency food & fluid but we might make adjustments ahead of the event subject to the forecast.

 

Please note mobile coverage in this area is notoriously poor but we have cover from Raynet ensuring particpants safety.

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Lakeland Five Passes Ultra - 16th June 2018

Distance - 33 miles                              Entry Fee: From £35

The Lakeland Five Passes Ultra is 33miles and includes 10,000 feet of vertical elevation with no rest as it ascends peak after peak & pass after pass.

 

A brand new route for 2018, it has a cut-off of 14hours which requires an average pace of under 2.5mph but this is no easy task so you should have a high level of fitness and ideally would have completed an ultra or mountain event previously.

 

Starting in the beautiful Lakeland village of Grasmere it climbs steadily before the sharp ascent to the summit of Loughrigg signals this events intentions. After passing through Ambleside & by Stock Ghyll Waterfalls the steep climb up Wansfell is followed by the fast descent down Nanny Lane into Troutbeck. Garburn Pass is the first of the five passes, then once through Kentmere the never ending slog up Gatescarth Pass is awaiting, but once at the top there is no respite as the summit of Harter Fell is final destination and high point of the race. Crossing Nan Bield Pass to summit Thorneythwaite Beacon, the scree descent to Thresthwaite Mouth and the technical scramble up Stoney Cove Pike follow before a long descent to St Ravens Crag & Kirkstone Pass the penultimate pass of the five. One final tough ascent to the summit of Red Screes before taking Scandale Pass down before finally picking up the Coffin Route past Rydal to the finish back at Grasmere.

 

We will provide our usual volume and variety of food, both sweet & savoury, at check points with a cooked hot meal at the finish and bespoke medal for all finishers.

 

Walkers start at 7:30am and runners an hour later at 8:30am, there will be cut-offs in place along the route & these will be strictly enforced to avoid participants being out in the dark. A mandatory kit list of full body waterproofs, map, compass, whistle, survival blanket, basic first aid kit, water & 500kcal food is in place with spot checks carried out on entrants.

Lakeland Five Passes Ultra Route Description
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Lakeland Four Passes - Sat October 13th 2018

Distance - 19(ish)miles                       Entry Fee - From £29

Four Passes was originally put on by the warden of Borrowdale Youth Hostel and was run from there for many years. It fell into disuse before Bob took the route on and organised the challenge for the LDWA, but it is no longer on their calendar and we believe it is too good a route not to be used as an event.

 

It is an absolutely classic 19(ish) miles route taking in four of the Lake Districts most scenic valleys and their adjoining passes. It is a circular route which starts and finishes at Rosthwaite Village Hall in Borrowdale, at the southern end of Derwentwater. The first pass takes you to Sty Head Tarn situated between the Scafell Massif and Great Gable before dropping to the beautiful but always dramatic Wasdale with Cumbria's deepest lake. Onto the second which is Black Sail Pass & the third Scarth Gap, which happens to be the easiest ascent of the day & gives views of Haystacks, Wainwrights resting place to the right. The fourth and final pass is an old miners path and is probably the hardest of the day but you will take in an old miners building on your way to the top of Honisters Pass before returning down to the village hall.

 

The views all day are fantastic... but never forget to look behind for those sights are equally as stunning

Entries cost £27 and include a full route description, timing, fully stocked checkpoints with a variety of food (you will be spoilt for choice),  Sport Sunday professional photographers, a hot meal at the end and a medal for all finishers.

 

Start times are 8.30am for walkers and 9.30am for all runners and everyone must be finished by 5.30pm.

 

This event is held in October among the Cumbrian Fells and they demand to be respected, all entrants must carry full body cover waterproof kit, basic first aid kit, emergency food, at least 500ml of fluid, map & compass (and know how to use them).

 

Local accommodation is available in nearby Youth Hostels, campsite or Bed & Breakfast. We have organised limited free parking in the nearby field which will be signposted on the day and there is also hardstanding car park next to the village hall which is free to members of the National Trust or approximately £7.50 per day or Scafell Hotel overflow car park for around £3-£4 per day.

Lakeland Four Passes 2017 Route Description
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