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Lyke Wake Challenge

14-Jul-2018 Osmotherley, Yorkshire, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
64KM / 40Miles
1 Day - 175 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

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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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Aedge

07:33 31-07-18

I ran the Lyke Wake Race this year for the 4th Time. After last year I said 'never again' but was persuaded by my son-in-law, who is new to ultra races to pace him through it.
We started from Osmotherley at 7.15am and the temperature was already in the mid teens. By the time we reached the Red Lion Pub - where you are treated to rice pudding and peaches by the organisers - the temperature had risen into the 20's and the sun was beating down.
The famous bogs had dried up and it was like running on a sponge mattrass for a number of miles.
As usual, we made a number of new friends during our 40 mile journey and the support teams at the checkpoints were fantastic as always.
I would recommend the run to anyone who enjoys ultras and so far every year has held a different challenge for me. The feeling of achievement, when you finally reach Ravenscar is incredible.

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SarahCrunning

10:07 13-07-16

I would say this is both the toughest and best race I've done to date. I ran Lyke Wake in 2016 after it was recommended by a friend. It's a point to point event, but it was easy to join together with other runners via the race's Facebook group to get a minibus from the finish in Ravenscar back to the start in Osmotherley. That's just one example of how friendly this race feels. It's relatively small and run by a group of Quaker volunteers who couldn't do enough to make sure everyone had a great day. The race is also run on a handicap basis with start times allocated based on predicted finish times. This means you see people of all abilities over the course.

In 2016, it was very wet. Even on a dry day, I'm told the bog section is tough. If you're local and know the terrain, then it's very doable. If you are less familiar with trail running and more technical terrain then it probably isn't ideal as a first ultra - get some easier ones under your belt first or go and recce the route.

This race really does have a bit of everything - steep climbs, wet rocks, narrow tracks, stream crossings, woodland, open moorland and BOGS! In 2016, we also had rain and fog and I think it's nearly always windy on the open tops. It is a stunning part of the country, the terrain is varied so you are never bored, you have a huge sense of achievement at the end but it is far from impossible. I'm not the most confident runner on difficult terrain but I enjoyed it despite being well and truly tested.

There are 7 well stocked checkpoints and lots of friendly faces (and cameras!) at them all. There's a real sense of community between the runners but there will also be times when you are running on your own.

If you're even slightly curious about this race then join the Lyke Wake Challenge Facebook group and you'll get a flavour of the route and see some great photos.

Thank you to a great bunch of people who do all of this for less than the cost of your average half marathon. I must also thank the runner who pulled me out of a bog when my right leg disappeared! It really is great fun if you like beautiful trails, hills and mud :-)

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