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Lakeland Trails – Coniston

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Marathon & Half Marathon in Coniston

Starting and finishing at Coniston Hall Landing Point, on the shores of Coniston Water (LA21 8AS), the Lakeland Trails Marathon takes in a complete circuit of Coniston Water along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways. Taking in the idyllic beauty spot of Tarn Hows, and the elevated Beacon Tarn, the whole course gives panoramic views of Lake Coniston and the surrounding peaks of the Old Man, Swirl How, Wetherlam and Dow Crags. Described by Runners' World magazine as 'the most scenic trail Marathon in Britain' this event is quickly becoming a classic European trail marathon.

For those wanting a shorter option, the Lakeland Trails Half Marathon utilises the first 17km section of the marathon course as far as Tarn Hows, before heading back to Coniston. The Lakeland Trails Mini Marathon 10K utilises the beautiful Torver Trail route from 2014, starting and finishing from Land's Point in Coniston.

A carnival atmosphere is guaranteed for both spectators and competitors, with live music, race commentary, food and drink all available at the start and finish. So, whether you're new to trail running, an experienced athlete, or simply looking for an unforgettable day out in the Lake District, a family-friendly, festival atmosphere and some amazing trail running awaits you!

Review summary

2 Reviews
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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Dave K
"This was my first Marathon and certainly not an easy option but the..."


David B
"Absolutely stunning scenery despite the weather. Great organisation and great..."
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How to enter the Lakeland Trails – Coniston

  1. Marathon Challenge

    Run 42km
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  2. Marathon Race

    Run 42km
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  3. Half Marathon Challenge

    Run 21km
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  4. Half Marathon Race

    Run 21km
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  5. 10k Mini Marathon

    Run 10km
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  6. Children's Fun Trails

    Run 1km

Event Details

Raceday Logistics

Saturday 1st June

14.30: Registration opens for Marathon Challenge at Coniston Showground, Land's Point, Coniston Old Hall

18.00: Registration closes

Sunday 2nd June

06.15: Car park opens at the event parking at Coniston Showground, Land's Point, Coniston Old Hall

07.00: Registration opens (except Marathon Challenge) at Coniston Showground, Land's Point, Coniston Old Hall

07.00: START : Marathon Trail Challenge (Registration ONLY on Saturday 1st June)

09.00: START : Marathon Trail Race

10.00: START : Half Marathon Trail Challenge

11.00: START : Half Marathon Trail Race

11.15 : START : Mini Marathon 10K

14.30: START : Fun Trails (under 12's - enter on the day)

14.30: Après Trails live music with singer / songwriter Pete Lashley

15.30: Prize giving & spot prize giving

Lakeland Trails – Coniston weather forecast

Possible drizzle in the afternoon.

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Lakeland Trails – Coniston reviews (2)

5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Marathon Race in 2019

    This was my first Marathon and certainly not an easy option but the breathtaking scenery and wide variety of terrain to cover kept me distracted from the tiredness in my legs. The uphill sections were frequent but never so long that they weren't manageable (with a fair bit of hiking). The course took us through some incredible places, the loop around Tarn Hows was gorgeous and I loved running through misty woodland when the cloud dropped down to meet us. I was surprised at how technical the terrain became towards the end of the run, some very tricky trails but adding to the overall experience. I would definitely do this event again but I just need a bit of a rest first.
  • Did the Marathon Challenge in 2019

    Absolutely stunning scenery despite the weather. Great organisation and great atmosphere as always. Recommend!!!!
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