This weekend will see two of the biggest long distance events in the country, the Montane Lakeland 100 / 50 ultra, take place. The events, scheduled for today and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday - 25, 26 July), are set to draw in over 1,100 runners, with a strong, competitive field expected.
The epic ML100 race starts from the John Ruskin School in Coniston today, while the shorter, speedier ML50 sets off from Dalemain tomorrow. Several Team Montane members, including Debbie Martin-Consani and Steven Major, will tackle the longer event, and are expected to race prominently.
Debbie, an experienced ultra distance runner, is the previous winner of the 145 mile Grand Union Canal Race. Steven, meanwhile, will be taking on the ML100 for the third time.
Participants of the ML50, while tackling the second half of the ML100 course, can expect a completely different event. Runners will be more tightly bunched and with a shorter distance, the pace is much fiercer.
Team Montane members Marcus Scotney, Tony Holland and Stuart Mills, all of whom have competed in the event before, are preparing for Saturday’s race. Marcus, who recently took victory in the 130k Iznik Ultra in Turkey, returns to the ML50 after having to pull out of 2013’s race.
For more information on the Lakeland 100 / 50, visit the Montane website.