Introduction

The Lakeland 100 'Ultra Tour of the Lake District' is the most spectacular long distance trail race which has ever taken place within the UK. The circular route encompasses the whole of the lakeland fells and consists almost entirely of public bridleways and footpaths.

It starts at Coniston and goes in a clockwise tour via Seathwaite, Eskdale, Wasdale, Buttermere, Braithwaite, Blencathra, Dockray, Dalemain, Howtown, Mardale Head, Kentmere, Ambleside, Chapel Stile and Tilberthwaite back to Coniston.  It includes over 6,000M of ascent; not quite as much as Everest but not far short!  The target is to complete it in under 40 hours.

Lesser mortals can do the second half which is known as the Lakeland 50 with a mere 3,000M of climbing and a whole day to do it in.

Hardley runner, Sue Sleath, did the 50 in 2009 and 2010.  In 2010 she built on her 2009 experience and was second lady and 18th overall of near 300 finishers in the excellent time of 10hrs 41 mins. Sue upgraded to run the 100 in July 2011 and, inspired by her example, a group of Hardley members and friends did the 50. That led two of them, Martin Loveless and David Gould to do the 100 in 2012 and Paul Blundell and Paul Blundell did the 50 again.

For more background information please see the Lakeland 100 website

Results

You can see our results here

Route and Reccys

There are official reccys which David has done.  And we have had a number of our own, in fact a trip to the Lakes at Easter seems to have become traditional.  You can see more about the route and some pictures of our reccys.

Training

These races involve being on your feet a long time and they are a bit hilly.  So it is helpful to do some events that combine the two.  Past training programmes have included

 

 

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Last updated 03-Aug-2012.

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