After announcing their first venture to the ultra scene earlier this month, organisers of the Lakeland Trails 50K and 100K have had to issue further places due to high demand. Originally set at 400, the 100 extra places are being released on a first come, first served basis.
Due to take place on Saturday 14 September, the 100K is said to be the first of its kind set in the Lake District and is being billed as the most picturesque ultra marathon in the UK. Starting and finishing in the private grounds at Brockhole, the race takes in a complete circuit of the central Lake District. The tough, challenging course is worth 3 UTMB entry credit points.
The 100K Ultimate Trails Ultra is split into two events - the Challenge, for less competitive ultra runners, novice trail ultra runners and those who want to take it easy and enjoy the views. The Race is for more competitive ultra runners, with winners prizes and a shorter time limit. The 50K utilises the final section of the 100K course and is designed for those wanting a shorter option and a great stepping stone into the world of ultra running.
In addition to releasing extra places for the races, headlamp specialists Petzl were announced as the official lighting partner for the event. Event director, Graham Patten, said: "We are very pleased to welcome Petzl on board for the new Ultimate Trails Challenge. We've been staggered by the response to the event, and cannot quite believe that the event has sold out and reached our initial entry limit so fast."
Interested runners are encouraged to visit the Lakeland Trails website to register.