Brathay Running will venture into the world of ultra trail events in 2019 with confirmation of an exciting new race. The Ambleside Trail 60, due to take place on Sunday 8 September, is a 60k trail run that incorporates 'some of the most spectacular scenery the Lake District has to offer'.
The event has been organised to celebrate the first outdoor equipment shop which opened in Ambleside. In 1959, Frank Davies opened the doors to The Climbers Shop, and, despite being told it would never work, it is still going strong 60 years down the line – the Ambleside Trail 60 will therefore celebrate its diamond anniversary.
The 60k loop will start from Rothay Park and takes participants over Loughrigg towards Skelwith Bridge, Tarn Hows and from there to Coniston. Before reaching Coniston, the route climbs above Coniston Coppermine and toward Lad Stones.
Continuing onward, the route makes its way to Little Langdale and after a short but punchy climb reaches Blea Tarn. Runners then make their way up Stake Pass to follow the Langstrath Beck before climbing back up Lining Crag, the biggest climb on the course, before the descent into Grasmere and a slow wind back toward Ambleside.
Registration for the Ambleside Trail 60 is priced at £60 (for the first 100 entries), then increases to £65 (101 – 300) and then £70 (300+). Further information is available here.