The weekend of 13 and 14 September will see Cumbria host a challenging 73 mile ultra that entails over 10,000 feet of ascent. The course follows the Cumbria Way trail, first devised in the 1970s by local members of the Ramblers and provides a relatively low-level crossing of the National Park, passing through the varied terrain of the beautiful Lake District.
Competitors will follow tracks and paths along valleys and over passes in the midst of stunning scenery including Coniston Water, Tarn Hows and Dungeon Ghyll and crossing Stake Pass to Borrowdale, Derwent Water and Keswick, before continuing to Caldbeck passing Skiddaw House and over High Pike, the highest point on the trail. The event starts at The Gill in the picturesque town of Ulverston in the South Lakes and finishes at the Market Cross in front of the Old Town Hall in Carlisle.
The event is organised by Pure Outdoors, who are known for races such as The Grand Tour of Skiddaw and Whinlatter 5. Race director Gaynor Prior commented: “We are very excited to be staging this event showcasing the beautiful trails in the Lakes. The event is open to solo runners and to relay teams of 2 who complete 43 miles and 30 miles respectively and relay teams of 5, who will complete approximately 15 miles each.”
Entry is priced at £75 per person, £85 for relay teams of two and £100 for teams of 5. Registration closes at midnight on Monday 8 September. For more information, visit the event website.