SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day

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The Silva GL3D is a small but adventurous 3-day mountain marathon with a relaxed & friendly atmosphere. Over the years the event has built up a dedicated following of competitors who enjoy time in the fells whilst their overnight kit is transported ahead.
Expert, Wainwright - Short Course, Wainwright - Long Course, and 1 more
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Sat, 28 Aug 2021
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Grasmere, United Kingdom
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20 to 50m elevation gain per km

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Where and when
School, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SJ, UK
Start times
Sat, 28 Aug 2021
7:00am |
Wainwright - Short Course:
7:30am |
Wainwright - Long Course:
7:00am |
Races summary
Here's what races are available for SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day
Wainwright - Short Course
Wainwright - Long Course
Route information
One of the most treasured components of the SILVA GL3D™ is that participants simply enter the event, and then choose whichever course they prefer on the day. This could be the Wainwright course for all three days, or for instance Wainwright on day 1, Café on day 2, and so on with any ‘mix-and-match’ combination possible.
Regardless of course choice, participants should expect mostly mountain trails and footpaths, along ridges and through valleys, rather than contouring, bee-lining and bogs. Unlike a mountain marathon or orienteering event with complex navigation, the emphasis is on long mountain journeys, spectacular scenery and enjoying an amazing mountain experience!
The Cafe: Daily average ~20km/1000m*
This course is specifically aimed at walkers, and runners who wish to take their time, and offers a route more focused on valley traverses and 'middle mountain' terrain between the overnight camps. That said, the Café Course does of course occasionally feature lower mountain summits. Most importantly, it is strategically designed to lead you to the very best Lake District cafés (or pubs) where possible in the area!
Wainwright: Short: daily average ~26km/1750m*
Next up, the short Wainwright course is aimed at those wishing to explore higher and further than the Café course. It is still possible for 'determined' walkers to complete the shorter Wainwright course days comfortably within the cut-off times (in dry weather and good visibility!)
Wainwright: Long: daily average ~33km/2500m*
The long Wainwright course is aimed at those who want a bit more of a test, and can maintain a solid pace (perhaps we can put it as walking the ascents and 'scampering' along on the flats and downhills). Please do not set off intending to exclusively walk the long Wainwright course as you will likely not make the cut-off times!
Expert: Daily average ~40km/3000m*
The expert course is definitely for runners and it is not possible for walkers to complete it within the cut-off times. You may visit some more obscure summits - Birketts for instance - in addition to experiencing some longer sections of route choice to challenge your navigational prowess.
This course is ideal for those training for events such as the Dragon’s Back Race or Cape Wrath Ultra, or who simply fancy a good leg-(and brain)-stretcher of a weekend!
What's included
  • Transportation of participants’ dry bags (overnight kit) to each overnight camp
  • Complimentary drink and cake
  • A choice of courses (Café, Wainwright [short or long], or Expert)
  • Flexibility to switch between courses each day
  • Optional luxury catering
  • Finisher's hearty vegetarian meal + cake & custard + unlimited tea/coffee on day three
  • Professionally erected participants' marquee at each overnight camp
  • The infamous 8pm SILVA quiz, raffle, and daily round-up at each overnight camp
  • SPORTident race timing for course split times and official results (including loan of timing chips to each participant)
  • Bespoke, pre-marked waterproof Harvey map
  • Free parking for the weekend
  • Overnight campsite on Saturday and Sunday
  • Free hot water at the event centre and overnight camp(s)
  • Emergency medical attention during the race
  • Mountain safety team cover
  • Marshalled course
How to get there
School, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SJ, UK
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Event Centre
The exact location of the event centre will be revealed in June.
Camping (tent or camper van) is available at the event centre on the Friday night and this is included in the entry fee.
Event day logistics
17:00 Event centre and car parking opens to participants. Please do not arrive before 16:30.
18:00 - 21:45 Registration, shop, and catering opens (maps issued at registration)
18:00 - 22:00 Pre-booked meals available. Local beer, cake, and extras available to purchase
20:00 Cinema starts (extra tickets available on the door)
06:45 - 08:00 Registration open
06:30 - 08:00 Pre-booked breakfast available
07:00 - 08:30 Expert & Wainwright long courses starts
07:30 - 09:00 Wainwright short course starts
08:00 - 09:30 Café course starts
20:00 Course closure time & SILVA Raffle #1 + daily announcements
07:00 - 08:30 Expert & Wainwright long courses starts
07:30 - 09:00 Wainwright short course starts
08:00 - 09:30 Café course starts
20:00 Course closure time & SILVA Raffle #2 + daily announcements
07:00 - 08:30 Expert & Wainwright long courses starts
07:30 - 09:00 Wainwright short course starts
08:00 - 09:30 Café course starts
12:00 Earliest finish time
12:00 - 15:00 Finishers' meal, goodbyes, and see you next year!
15:00 Course closure time
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Can I bring my dog to the SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day?
Absolutely! If you would like to bring your dog, you will just need to ensure they are always under control e.g. on a lead or harness when out on the fells and at the overnight camps.
Is the SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day marked?
No, the whole event is up to your navigational skills!
Are there feed stations along the routes at the SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day?
Not exactly! You may pass a café or a village en route, but expect (apart from the café course) to be up on the tops much of the day. Please be self-sufficient and carry enough sustenance and emergency rations to keep you going all day.
When do we find out the locations of the overnight campsites for the SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day?
Entrants will only find out those locations when they pick up their race pack at registration.
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