The MONTANE® Lakeland 100 'Ultra Tour of the Lake District' and MONTANE® Lakeland 50 races are the most spectacular long distance trail races that have ever taken place within the UK. The circular 100 mile route encompasses the whole of the lakeland fells, includes in the region of 6300m of ascent and consists entirely of public bridleways and footpaths.
The 100 route starts in Coniston and heads South before completing a clockwise loop which takes in the Dunnerdale fells, Eskdale, Wasdale and Buttermere before arriving in Keswick. From here the route heads to Matterdale and continues over to Haweswater before returning via Kentmere, Ambleside and Elterwater to the finish at Coniston.
The 50 route is the second half of the 100 and starts from the Northern end of Ullswater within the grand Dalemain Estate before following the Eastern shore line as far as Howtown. A quick climb and descent followed by a trek along the banks of Haweswater sees you at Mardale Head. The route from here visits Long Sleddale, Kentmere, Ambleside, Langdale and Tilberthwaite before the final climb and descent to the finish at Coniston. It is a truly amazing route and you will visit places that you never knew existed, places which are ignored by the masses..
The route does not pass over any of the 'popular' Lakeland summits. Instead, it weaves its way through stunning valleys, contours picturesque fells and cuts its own line through the amazing Lakeland topography. The Lakeland 100 will take you to places in Cumbria you may never have visited before and it's likely you'll wonder why.
The event is continuous in nature, competitors don't have to stop or sleep on the route and the winners are generally expected to finish close to the 23 hour mark. The overall time available for the route is 40 hours so sleep at intermediate checkpoints is possible, but time is not on your side.
There are 14 manned checkpoints on the course which are compulsory to visit, food and drink is available at each. Checkpoints generally consist of village halls (where available), staffed by our support team who are ready to greet you, feed you and encourage you onwards. The 40 hours available to complete the course may seem manageable upon your first calculations but don't be fooled. The climb, descent, rugged terrain, darkness and tricky navigation generally ensure a 60-70% failure rate over the 100 mile course. Seasoned ultra runners have tried and many have failed, a finisher's medal in the Lakeland 100 is possibly one of the most treasured possessions you will ever receive. There are few things in life for which you will have to work so hard, show such commitment, desire and the simple stubbornness to keep going.. the minority who have completed the event will concur.
The 100 mile event starts at 5.30pm on the Friday evening and the final cut off will be 9.30am Sunday morning. The 50 mile event runs from noon on the Saturday until noon the next Sunday. You can choose to enter the event as a solo participant, as part of a pair or as part of a 3 person team. Pairs and teams must remain together at all times on the course.
The event requires competitors to be experienced ultra distance runners with excellent navigation skills. The drop out rate for this event is a warning signal for anyone contemplating entry, the majority of those who fail are inadequately prepared. Before considering an entry, consider the preparation, consider the hours and consider what it takes to complete the Lakeland 100. If it was easy, it wouldn't be an achievement.
It's a fact that 60-70% of the 100 mile competitors don't finish the course, 80-90% of those drop out prior to or at half way. Many great ultra runners have started the 100 course and found it just too difficult, too demanding.. half of the course was 'enough'. The Lakeland 50 is 'half of the course', it's almost double the distance of a marathon, it's on rough terrain and there's approximately 3100m of ascent to deal with. Whether you choose the 50 or the 100 mile course.. there is no 'easy option' available. The Lakeland 50 is a huge challenge, it requires commitment, drive and the ability to 'just keep going' when most folk would 'just rather not'.
You can choose to enter the event as a solo participant, as part of a pair or as part of a 3 person team. Pairs and teams must remain together at all times on the course.