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Lakeland Trails – The Ultimate Trails

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The 55km Ultimate Trails Challenge is a testing 55km ultra marathon course through some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the Lake District. The tough, challenging course will certainly live up to its billing as the most picturesque ultramarathon in the UK. The 55km route also includes 3 mountain passes, with 7,000 ft ascent/descent along with 5 memorable feed stations.

The NEW! 23km & 14km Ultimate Trails courses, utilise much of the final section of the 55km course, for those wanting a shorter trail run option

The start and finish arena will be quite a party, with entertainment, food stalls, trade and retail stands and PA commentary.

The course is fully waymarked and marshalled, with well stocked feed stations along the route. There are some great prizes on offer for the Race, and winners prizes in the veteran classes.

Review summary

4.3
1 Review
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Maxie S
"This was my first time in the Lakes, and having done 1 Ultra and several trail..."
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How to enter the Lakeland Trails – The Ultimate Trails

  1. 23k

    Run 23km
    £34
    Event passed
  2. 55k

    Run 55km
    £89
    Event passed
  3. 14k

    Run 14km
    £29
    Event passed

Lakeland Trails – The Ultimate Trails routes

Starting and finishing in Ambleside, the 55km Ultimate Trails Challenge takes in a complete circuit of the central Lake District, along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways.

The course is fully waymarked and marshalled, with well stocked feed stations along the route. There are some great prizes on offer for the Race, and winners prizes in the veteran classes.

Event Details

What’s Included
Apres Trails Party including live music from the amazing Pete Lashley and Prize Giving.
Kit List
Full waterproof body cover, top (jacket) and bottom (trousers) A windproof not sufficient. These
items should have taped seams and the jacket should have a hood
Head torch (fully charged)
First aid kit (to include minimum blister plasters, bandage and zinc oxide tape/ other tape to secure dressing)
This is a minimum recommendation and you should include any items that you feel you may need including any regular medication. We do not recommend the use of NSAIDs during the race – this includes Ibuprofen.
Spare base layer top, long sleeved Base layer top needs to be long sleeved. Arm sleeves are not acceptable as your base layer top – if you have sleeves these should be in addition Hat & gloves. A Buff is acceptable as the hat.
Whistle Please check that it works in advance, especially it is part of your running vest.
Mobile phone (fully charged)
Emergency foil blanket OR bivi bag
Emergency food & drink
Volunteers

Link for Volunteers: http://www.lakelandtrails.org/volunteers.php

Lakeland Trails – The Ultimate Trails weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

24°C
Predicted highs
10°C
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 6mph

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Lakeland Trails – The Ultimate Trails reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 23k in 2019

    This was my first time in the Lakes, and having done 1 Ultra and several trail marathons before. I think that the organisers did a good job of choosing a varied and demanding route whilst keeping it achievable (given some of the seriously high fells that were surrounding us). The mountain passes were the particular highlights for me, as well as the first big descent. There were 1 or 2 occasions where we ended up ascending a big or medium sized hill whilst on a road, which I did not enjoy as much, especially as it was such a hot day with the heat rising up from the road! Also - would recommend that anyone running this race takes trail shoes with a rock plate / some toe protection as the rocky/flinty/spiky terrain is one of the most brutal aspects of the race and my feet felt very beaten up by the end!
    In terms of organisation, the event village is really well located, and registration was very efficient. I also really enjoyed all the extensive food stops that they put on, as well as an extra waterstop due to the heat. However, there were problems with the signage on the day in 2019 and at times this made me anxious that I had run off course, or wasn't sure which turning to take. We only once went the wrong way and shortly realised our mistake, but I think this was the only negative point for me.
    Overall, a beautiful race and very interesting and challenging course, well worth trying!

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