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Lakeland 50 & 100 Recce Weekend, June 22nd & 23rd

June recce weekend covers Dalemain to Ambleside on Saturday 22nd June and Ambleside to Coniston Sunday 23rd June. Guest talks will be in Ambleside and you should look to find accommodation in the Ambleside area for Saturday. The specific times and details are as follows:

Saturday 22nd June

The coaches will pick up from Compston Rd, opposite Zeffirellis Restaurant. To see the location GO HERE. The coaches will leave at 8:00am, please be there 7:45am at latest. The coaches will drop off at Pooley Bridge as opposed to Dalemain which shortens the course for the day slightly by missing a flat section across fields. If for any reason you intend to go direct to Pooley Bridge, please meet close to public toilets in centre of village, coach will arrive approximately 8:45am. You will need to locate Terry and add your name to the list of those running.

There are 4 checkpoints on this section during race day, only 3 of these will be manned for the recce:

1. Howtown (not manned)
2. Mardale (manned)
3. Kentmere (manned)
4. Ambleside (finish) – NOTE THAT LAKES RUNNER HAS CLOSED AND IS NO LONGER CP, NEW LOCATION IS PARISH HALL

*Based on the above, we suggest that you do not descend the hill to Howtown checkpoint but continue to Mardale (On race day to reach Howtown you have to descend a steep hill for 800m, then retrace your steps back to the route).

We will have a list of all runners and walkers on the course and you must ensure that the person at Mardale and Kentmere checkpoints knows you have passed through. Basic refreshments will be available (water/flapjack/biscuits or similar) but please carry anything specific you wish to eat and drink. There will be a minibus in operation to deal with any potential drop out, but hopefully this won’t be required. Please note that if you are forced to retire at a checkpoint, there may be a significant wait until the minibus can collect.

At the finish (Ambleside Parish Hall) you are required to ‘sign in’. PLEASE ENSURE YOU VISIT THIS CHECKPOINT and don’t return direct to your car.

Sunday 24th June

Sunday morning, the coach departs 8:30am at Coniston John Ruskin School . Please arrive at 8:15am latest, it is approximately 20-30 mins drive from Ambleside and there is parking at the school, pay at the ‘honesty box’. The coach will drop you off at Ambleside Parish Hall at approximately 9:00am. If for any reason you intend to go direct to Ambleside, please meet at Parish Hall, coach will arrive approximately 9:00am. You will need to locate Terry and add your name to the list of those running.

There are 3 checkpoints on this section during race day, all of these will be manned for the recce:

1. Chapel Stile (manned)
2. Tilberthwaite (manned)
3. Coniston (finish)

We will have a list of all runners and walkers on the course and you must ensure that the person at Tilberthwaite checkpoint knows you have passed through. Basic refreshments will be available (water/flapjack/biscuits or similar) but please carry anything specific you wish to eat and drink. There will not be a minibus in operation on Sunday, so please carry some spare money should you wish to retire and phone a taxi.

At the finish (Coniston John Ruskin School) you are required to ‘sign in’. PLEASE ENSURE YOU VISIT THIS CHECKPOINT and don’t return direct to your car.

Guest talks / social, Saturday evening

For Saturday evening presentation, arrive 7:00pm for 7:30pm start. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be free on the evening, feel free to bring your own food and drink along with you. Any voluntary donations for tea/coffee will be given to charity. The location of the guest talks is the Parish Hall, Ambleside, LA22 9DH. For Google Map location GO HERE. 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.

Presentations:

Marc Laithwaite – Nutrition for ultra runners
Martin Bergerud – Head torches and night running
Steve Mee – Running the 100

The presentation will also provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions before the event weekend.

Other things to consider

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 maps, roadbooks or any GPS assistance on the day. You must also bring full kit as per competitor area, the recce provides the perfect opportunity to test any equipment. TheEnduranceStore will be there on Saturday evening, if you need anything in advance they will bring and deliver to you. Email info@theendurancestore.com or go to http://www.theendurancestore.com

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