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10Peaks™ The Lakes

23-Jun-2018 Swirls Car Park, England / North West, UK (England)

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73KM / 45Miles
1 Day - 250 Runners

Alternate Distances: 48KM/30M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

Entry From £79 GBP

10Peaks™ The Lakes

Long Course - 73km/ 5600m ascent/ 24 hours - finishers eligible for 4 UTMB qualifying points

Short Course - 48km/3200m ascent/ 24 hours

The original 10Peaks™ event is set in the stunning Lake District National Park, also known as The Lakes. It features large U-shaped valleys, many of which are now filled with Lakes giving the area its name. The Lake District is home to England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike which is 978m above sea level.

Running in the Lake District can be technical and challenging for all and is perhaps most suited to hardened fell runners – having said that we have had more than one Bob Graham Round member fail to complete the 10Peaks™ Lakes full course in the allocated time. This just goes to prove that excellent navigational skills and favourable weather conditions are key components for a successful 10Peaks™ attempt.

The Lakes is known for its unpredictable weather. Conditions can change in a matter of minutes and what started off as a perfect day can end with high winds and torrential rain – there is a reason for there being so many Lakes in the Lake District!

 

 

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

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emillumi1

02:56 11-08-18

fine!

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OffroadDave

11:55 04-08-18

Long Course 2018. Tough and demanding from the first up and down of Helvellyn at 04-00am to the final climb and descent of Skiddaw. Very supportive event team and great competitors with an international feel. Mid section from Bow Fell to Great Gable is not for the faint hearted. In 2018 we were treated to almost ideal weather which made navigation easy and although not the longest ultra it makes up for it in the sheer quantity of climb and descent. Brilliant event.

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TommyTrancePants

09:06 20-05-18

Super well organised event, different from ultras that I am used to as it was self navigated. This for some might not appeal but for me was the highlight, it felt like a real adventure sure I got lost at one point.

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CS

01:34 17-07-17

Short course: a beautiful course that includes plenty of rock and bog, some less commonly visited areas as well as some very well-trodden paths, some steep (stepped) climbs and technical descents but also plenty that is runnable. Navigation is important with most of the highest ground in cloud as it was in 2017 (and there's live tracking so everyone can see where you went wrong). Aid stations are well stocked with snacks, cake, sandwiches etc. and event staff very supportive! Overall this event had a very friendly vibe with both organisers and competitors and it's a great way to see a swathe of the Lakes and plenty of summits all in one day.

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jimmymacke

06:20 30-06-15

Brutal, Beautiful, Bold & Brash. The 10 Peaks Long course is tough, the climbs are technical at times and the descents punish quads. Make sure you do a lot of hill work prior. The course is beautiful, a mixture of valleys, peat bog and craggy summits. You can walk it in the 24 hr period, and given you can have a drop bag at Honistor, boots could be a genuine option for the first 2/3rds. The checkpoints are great, the support received great. I entered with intentions of running the majority, but was left walking it due to the harshness of the middle 3rd. But I would come back again, in fact maybe next year. You can also spot fellow competitors the next day, as everyone hobbles around Keswick. Take the challenge, you won't regret it.

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