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Recce Weekend November 10th 2013, Coniston to Buttermere

The opening recce of the 2013/14 event takes place on the weekend of November 9th/10th 2013 and covers the ground from Coniston to Buttermere. This section is the first 25 miles of the Montane Lakeland 100 course and it’s a challenging section. The day starts from John Ruskin School and the first call is Seathwaite CP1. From here the route heads to Boot CP2, Wasdale CP3 and finally it’s a long, steep and tough section to Buttermere CP4, including Black Sail Pass and Scarth Gap. The final sections of this recce in particular are steep and rocky with rough descending. Last year many did the final section in the dark and the last finished at 8pm Sunday night. All are welcome for this recce day but you must be fully prepared and confident of your navigation skills. You must bring all of the equipment specified on the compulsory kit list, including head torch!

NOTE: If there has been snow fall the going will be particularly tough, under these circumstances we may shorten the recce and start from Boot rather than Coniston. Boot to Buttermere is the toughest section and will be done in the dark during the actual event.

 The location for the guest talks on Saturday evening is Crossthwaite Parish Room in Keswick (CLICK HERE FOR LOCATION) starting at 6:00pm and finishing at 9:00pm. The main subject for the evening will be putting together the training plan for 2014. This will be relevant for both 50 & 100 mile runners.

Saturday November 9th:

5:30pm Arrive at Crossthwaite Parish Hall, free tea/coffee
6:00pm Identifying your strength and weaknesses
7:00pm Break / refreshments
7:30pm Practical session, putting together your personal plan (working in groups)
8:45pm Overview of the route for Sunday (Terry Gilpin)
9:00pm Finish

At the end of the session, you will have successfully identified your strengths and weaknesses and will leave with a personal plan for the Montane Lakeland 50 & 100.

Sunday November 10th:

7:30-45am Arrive at Buttermere and park
8:00am Coach pick up from Buttermere, bottom of Newlands Pass: GO HERE FOR PICK UP LOCATION
9:15-30am Coach drop off at Coniston John Ruskin School to start run
8:00pm Last anticipated finisher at Buttermere

There will be ‘guides’ available on the day, provided by, to help you navigate but they are not there to ‘follow’. You should be prepared to navigate and learn the route, the guides will support you. You should bring full kit as per the event requirements and you will need a copy of the road book (which can be downloaded from the site) and a map (either printed from the site or purchased). If you have a GPS you should also bring this, the routes are available from the Lakeland 50&100 website. please not that there will be no GPS support throughout the weekend and we will not have access to the routes/tracks for you to download.

How do I sign up?

To sign up to the recce day, go to and log in using your username and password originally used when you entered. Click the edit button and add the relevant recce dates before saving your changes and paying the fee owed. Alternatively you can register independently by clicking here.

All recce days cost £15 and a minimum of £4 goes to charity. The cost includes all guest talks, refreshments, coach transportation, guides, checkpoint manning and food/drink at checkpoints. You will need to find your own accommodation.

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Montane Lakeland 50 FULL

The Montane Lakeland 50 event 2014 is currently full and there are 20 places remaining for the 100 mile course (5:00pm 1/9/13).

There are no waiting lists in operation for either of these events, entries will re-open with limited places available on Saturday January 11th at 9:00am. The exact number of places on offer will be subject to withdrawals and spaces becoming available prior to that date.

We’d like to thank you for your support, the number of entry requests has been beyond our expectations and we look forwards to seeing you all at the first recce day.


The Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 Team

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