Archive for January, 2014

Recce 2 (Ambleside to Coniston) Report

There were 190 people overall registered for the recce day and on the day just shy of 150 attended the run. With bad weather forecast a few may well have taken the option to delay their course familiarisation, but on the night, I think the conditions could have been a lot worse.

The day started at 11:00am with out first guest speaker Dr Ian Boardley delivering a session on goal setting and ‘reducing the drop out rate’. Having completed the 100 mile event twice already, Ian was just the personRaffael - credit Martin Hartley(1) to get the crowd focused on the July event. Ian was followed by Charlie Sproson of and Richard Bardon of who discussed navigation at night, clothing and head torches. A big thank you to all our speakers for volunteering their time and expertise and thanks to for donating chia charge products given out at registration!

After far too many biscuits and cups of coffee the crowd drifted out and drove to Coniston, to arrive back an hour later in full kit and ready to run. There was still a little light left as the runners departed just before 5:00pm but only enough to get them through the park and onto the first climb of the day onto Loughrigg. Head torches were quickly powered up and by the time runners reached Elterwater, a flowing stream of head lamps could be seen the length of the valley.

It was ‘claggy’ underfoot along Langdale and ‘technical’ underfoot behind Blea Tarn as most runners used the ‘Terry Gilpin lamp’ to guide them towards the gate. I didn’t hear of any who drifted left into the blackness of the bog, known to swallow humans whole.

Good (if not wet) running to Tilberthwaite before the final steps. With the winter Olympics approaching, many saw it fit to practice their skiing as they descended the footpath to Coppermines. All that remained was the final stone track to Coniston and it was all done. All you now need to do is 34 miles before you start at Ambleside and the Lakeland 50 is in the bag.

In the region of £750 raised for charity which will be distributed to the following charities and voluntary groups:

£250 Northern Air Ambulance
£250 Langdale & Ambleside Mountain Rescue
£250 Wigan Children’s Triathlon Group

See you all the the next one!

Montane Lakeland 50 & 100

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MONTANE Lakeland 50 to host British Athletics Ultra Trail Running Championships

The MONTANE Lakeland 50 will host the British Athletics Ultra Trail Championships for 2014. The event, now in its 7th year, will be held on tracYSaturday 26th of July and is run over a challenging 50 mile circuit in the heart of The Lake District.

Previously held biannually, the move to an annual championship, is a measure of the growth in participation in ultra trail running at all levels. It also follows the success of the GB and NI team at the IAU World Ultra Trail Championships in Wales, July 2013, where Ricky Lightfoot won the world title and both men’s (gold) and women’s teams (bronze) finished on the podium.

The event is already fully subscribed but athletes who have not already entered the event can apply for a championship place, if they feel they can achieve the “guideline times” of 8:30 for men and 9:30 for women. Please send details of recent performances to support your application to the event organiser Marc Laithwaite:

In 2013 the championship event was incorporated into the Hoka Highland Fling, Scotland, where the winners were Lee Kemp (Team Craft) and Tracy Dean (Staffordshire Moorlands).

Dean, a member of the successful GB and NI trail team in Wales, is looking forward to defending her UK title. ”I love the Lakeland course, having run there in 2012 and set the course record, It is one of my favourite events and I will be really looking forward to running it again this year.”

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Chia Charge at Montane Lakeland 50 & 100

Chia Charge energy products will be supporting the Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 events in 2014. Flapjack X2 RGBNew to the ultra scene in 2013, Chia Charge products focus on real food for ultra runners, providing a range of products. Tim Taylor, founder of was keen to support the events, being a runner himself and a regular on the ultra circuit. Tim told us “I’m really excited about the prospect of supporting the Montane Lakeland 50 & 100. I’m also looking forwards to meeting runners at the recce days and races to get their feedback!!”

You can see the Chia Charge products at and you’ll be able to sample them at upcoming recce days, Trail26 events and on the race weekend.

Welcome aboard Tim.

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Lakeland 50 & 100 January Entries Snapped Up…

This morning there were an additional 100 places on offer for the Montane Lakeland 50 event and an additional 50 places for the Montane Lakeland 100 event. Entries opened at 9:00am and with all places taken, closed before 9:15am.

There may be additional places available in March 2014, but this is dependent upon drop out rates prior to the event.

This coming Monday 13th January, charity places will be on offer. Charity entries can be taken as solo, pairs of teams of 3. The entry fee is the same price as regular competitors but you will commit to raising £100 (solo), £200 (pair), £300 team of 3. All money will go directly to charities and good causes.

Thanks again for your support
Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 Organising Team

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