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Lakes in a Day Ultra Run

13-Oct-2018 Caldbeck, Cumbria, UK (England)

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80KM / 50Miles
1 Day - 500 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £70 GBP

50 miles, 4000m ascent - a journey on foot from the very top of the Lake District at Caldbeck to the very bottom, at Cartmel, via the stunning Helvellyn Ridge and the western shoreline of Lake Windermere. It might not be the easiest traverse but it will be the most spectacular! It will be a day never to be forgotten.

This event has been awarded 2 (4 new) ITRA points

Fee includes:
Electronic timing / live tracking
3 well-stocked feed stations.
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed male / female.

Current records are;

Male (Kim Collison) - 9 hours 12 mins
Female (Helen Leigh) - 11 hours 0 mins

Read the Ian Corless review of the 2015 edition HERE.

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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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quacket

11:43 06-11-17

This tough 50 mile ultra from the north to the south of the Lake District offers one of the most amazing challenges for any runner. A mix of terrain with over 4000 metres of ascent with some of the most beautiful scenery you could wish for to enjoy along the way. That said, I have run it each of the past four years and, whilst three of those afforded great weather, it was a different story in 2017. However, despite heavy rain, winds blowing me over, a white out and sub zero temperatures on the tops, having the right kit meant it was a challenge to be relished. Each check point was manned by caring and supportive staff for whom nothing was too much trouble. Additionally, event safety staff were out on the tops themselves to monitor runners and make sure all were well and coping with the adverse conditions. Feed stations were well stocked and there was something for everyone. This is an incredibly well organised event. They even put on recce days for some of the sections to help those who may not be so comfortable with their own navigation. Highly recommended.

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andycgeordie

11:05 11-10-16

Completed the Lakes in a Day Ultra and can honestly say that was the hardest medal I've earned yet and that's after doing a 106 mile trail ultra and Ironman Wales! Once you throw mountains and open fells into the equation the severity of the challenge increases exponentially! Starting in Caldbeck at 8am and heading South over 50 miles of mountains and fells to Cartmel was never gonna be an easy task but I couldn't imagine how tough it would be. A knee deep river crossing within the first few miles set the tone for the day. After that it was relentless leg burning ascents and thigh crushing descents on some very technical underfoot conditions. Throw open fells, swamps, dark forests, scrambling, near vertical climbs (some actually vertical), day and night navigation, changing temperature and many more things in the mix and what you have is a brutal race which would challenge any level of athlete. DNF reared its ugly face a few times throughout the race but as always, "not today" was the response it got. Many fell along the way and it was heartbreaking to hear their stories on training for this event and disappointments at not finishing. Some I spoke to had completed such demanding races around the world including MDS and UTMB and had done sub 12 hour Wall and numerous sub 24 hour 100 milers and even these people said it was the toughest challenge they had faced! Says it all really! If you love suffering then this event is a must. Stunning route which throws everything at you, amazing marshals and very well organised event but absolute misery from start to finish. That's why I loved it so much!

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Grasmerestu

10:41 13-10-15

I ran this Ultra on the 10th 0ct 2015 I normally run mainly fell races so this is why i was attracted to this race and the fact it covers my local area, the first half of the race would give allot of long fell races a run for the money and should be given the respect it deserves, of the 14000ft of climbing in the race 10000ft of it comes in the first 25 miles to Ambleside, from there to Cartmel the going is fairly flat following the shores of Windermere and climbing over Caife hights.
The event was well organised and the feed stations were really well stocked with a good variety of food and drink.
having managed a 3rd place this year I'm sure ill be back for another go at this well organised tough race

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