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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.

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According to Greek mythology, the Ourea were primeval deities and the children of Gaia. They were thought to dwell in the mountains and considered to be the mountain spirits. Ourea Events maintains an ethos that remains true to the spirit of adventure in the mountains. If you choose to enter one of our events you can be assured of a challenging and memorable experience that is meticulously organised by a highly-motivated team of professionals, who share your passion for running and adventure. We always deliver excellence. Our challenging events ask a lot of the participants but we ask an equal amount from ourselves in terms of attention to detail, meticulous planning and bulletproof organisation.

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How to enter

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
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Expert
7:00am Sat 28th Aug 2021

Run 40km

Wainwright - Short Course
7:30am Sat 28th Aug 2021

Run 26km

Wainwright - Long Course
7:00am Sat 28th Aug 2021

Run 33km

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Frequently asked questions
FAQ
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.… read more
FAQ
Is the SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day marked?
No, the whole event is up to your navigational skills! … read more
FAQ
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.… read more
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Route description
Route description

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!

Logistics and schedule

Schedule

Friday

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)

Saturday

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

Sunday

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

Monday

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

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

Camping (tent or camper van) is available at the event centre on the Friday night and this is included in the entry fee.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
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.
FAQ
Is the SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day marked?
No, the whole event is up to your navigational skills!
FAQ
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.
FAQ
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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Expert
7:00am Sat 28th Aug 2021
Wainwright - Short Course
7:30am Sat 28th Aug 2021
Wainwright - Long Course
7:00am Sat 28th Aug 2021
Café
8:00am Sat 28th Aug 2021

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