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MONTANE® Ultra Trail 26 series, launched for 2012 – 2013

The team behind the MONTANE® Lakeland 50 & 100 have launched a new series of events to begin in November 2012. The MONTANE® Ultra Trail 26 series includes 3 events which are 26 miles in length, taking place in various locations throughout the North of England. The purpose of the series is to provide trail runners who hope to ‘step up’ to ultra distance, the opportunity to progress steadily towards the MONTANE® Lakeland 50 and similar distance events. It also provides great opportunities for seasoned ultra trail runners who are searching for shorter events to help develop their ‘speed’. They are great training opportunities, without having to spend too long recovering after the event!

Marc Laithwaite, organiser of the MONTANE® Lakeland 50 & 100 shared his thoughts on the series by saying:

“We’ve had a great opportunity to develop a series of events which are manageable by everyone. The MONTANE® Lakeland 50 & 100 have already been  huge successes, but we’ve found that many runners are stepping up to the 50 mile event having never run further than half marathons on road and they have little experience of the navigation required. The 26 series is a great opportunity for those people to progress towards the 50 mile event.

“I sense that there’s a growing number of short distance trail events and ultra events,, but there appears to be a lack of those in the middle, between 20-30 miles. We also hope that the seasoned ultra runners will treat these events as an opportunity to race faster, shorter distances between longer ultra distance type events. Ultimately we aim to bring the same legendary atmosphere which is found at the MONTANE® Lakeland 50 & 100 to these 26 milers. It’ll be one big party!”

Paul Cosgrove, MONTANE®’s Brand Director, expressed his support for the events by stating:

“We’ve had a great relationship with the team who organise the MONTANE® Lakeland 50 & 100 and we’re really excited about the MONTANE® Ultra Trail 26 series. We’re keen to reach out to all trail runners and encourage them to step up to the longer distances, whilst experiencing the great outdoors. We think the 26 series provides trail runners with the perfect balance between the regular, shorter distance events and the growing number of ultra distance races

The dates and locations for the MONTANE® Ultra Trail 26 Series are:

November 18th, Grizedale Forest, Cumbria
March 24th, Rivington, Lancashire
May 26th, Howgills, Yorkshire Dales

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November recce weekend 2012, Ambleside to Coniston night experience..

For Saturday guest talks, arrive 10:30am for 11:00am start. There will be 2 presentations, each 60 mins maximum with break between. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be free on the day, any voluntary donations will be given to charity. The location of the guest talks is the Kelsick Hall, St Mary’s Lane, Ambleside, LA22 9DG. For Google Map location GO HERE

Talk 1: Night navigation, what you need to know
Talk 2: Training for your first ultra and successfully going the distance

There will be a register at the door as you arrive, if you are bringing family/friends/guests who have not paid to join the recce, we ask that they donate £5 to charity in return for the guest talks and refreshments, this is paid at the door.

Following the guest talks you should drive to Coniston and park your car, the coach departs 3:00pm at Coniston John Ruskin School . Please arrive no later than 2:45pm, it is approximately 30 mins drive from Ambleside and there is parking at the school, pay at the ‘honesty box’. The coach will drop you off at Ambleside, we will have a register of attendees with emergency contact and mobile numbers.

Bring map, roadbook and GPS if available, it is your responsibility to do the preparation beforehand and be ready to go. We will not have GPS assistance on the day. You must also bring full kit as per competitor area, TheEnduranceStore will be there on Saturday evening, if you need anything in advance they will bring and deliver to you. Email or go to

You must sign in at each of the checkpoints on the route so we can safely end the recce. The two checkpoints are Chapel Stile (Langdale) and Tilberthwaite. If you do not sign in at checkpoints, you will be presumed missing. Water and basic refreshments will be available, but please bring any other drinks or food for the day. It is critical that you sign in at the finish to confirm your safe return.

Please note that registration for this recce will close Wednesday November 7th 2012.