Organisers of the Ultimate Trails Challenge have announced that registrations for their inaugural event on the weekend of 14 and 15 September are now closed, with 500 runners set to take part. The 100k ultra 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 at Brockhole, the route is a 100km circuit of the central Lake District, taking in six mountain passes, with 14,000ft of ascent and descent, five picturesque lakes and 10 iconic feed stations. The Challenge is to complete the entire circuit within 24 hours. The way-marked and marshalled course also has a 50km ultra marathon option covering the final half of the route and starting from Patterdale.
The Ultimate Trails Challenge will be supporting the charity Nurture Lakeland and Fix the Fells, and aims to bring a world class ultra marathon event to the Lake District. The 100km event has partnered with the world's biggest ultra marathon, the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), and is worth 3 entry credit points for the UTMB.
Event director Graham Patten commented: "This year we're celebrating our 10th year organising the Lakeland Trails, and we're responding to the growing demand for personal challenges such as ultra marathons. We wanted to create something truly unique here in the Lake District, and to offer a real challenge to everyone - runners and walkers alike, to achieve something remarkable by completing 100km in a day, in a safe, enjoyable and environmentally responsible event."