Archive for September, 2015

Informal Recce Days… Power To The People

New for this year are informal recce days. They are slightly shorter runs of 13-17 miles and they are organised by YOU the runners! The purpose of these runs are to recce sections on the route, but primarily they are an opportunity for you to have a great day our and socialise with other trail runners.

How is this gonna work?

There will be an arranged meeting point for the day, which will be the FINISH of the run route. If there’s enough people going, we’ll speak to a bus/coach company and arrange transport from the finish point back to the start. You pay your bus fare on the day £5 per person and then get dropped off to run back to your car. It’ll be a great day out running organised the the Lakeland community.

These recce days are not manned / staffed so there’s no checkpoints, no counting people through and no organisation on our behalf aside from booking a bus! You need to follow the simple rules:

  1. Take full kit to ensure your safety.
  2. Expect to navigate your own way, there’s nobody there responsible for you.
  3. Take money and a phone as a back up in case you need to get a lift back to your car, there’s nobody to collect you.

Dates and details are as follows:

November 22nd, Kentmere to Chapel Stile (13 miles)

January 3rd, Dalemain to Mardale (17 miles)

June 26th, Braithwaite to Dockray (16 miles)

There’s no sign up, just jump onto the Facebook thread and let people know you’re coming.

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Recce weekends, the basics explained..

The recce weekends give you the opportunity to practice on the course and experience the terrain and navigation required. We split the 100 miles route into 4 sections to cover the full 100 course. The 50 mile event is the final 50 miles of the 100 course, so this means that your relevant sections are 3 & 4. You can register by clicking the relevant links below, but read the following information, which gives you a better understanding of how the weekend works. Each recce weekend costs £15, you need to find your own accommodation.

Section 1: Coniston to Buttermere (100 course only) Saturday October 31st / Sunday November 1st
Section 4: Ambleside to Coniston (50 & 100 course) Saturday January 30th – NIGHT RUN
Section 2: Buttermere to Dalemain (100 course only) Saturday April 2nd / Sunday April 3rd
Section 3: Dalemain to Ambleside (50 & 100 course) Saturday 28th May / Sunday 29th May

Dates are as follows:

Q: Why are they done as 1/4/2/3 and not just 1/2/3/4?

A: Anyone doing the 100 should be very comfortable running on the fells in the dark, this may not be the case for 50 competitors, especially if it’s your first ultra. The sections covered are therefore based upon daylight hours, length of section, level of ability required for 100/50 runners and the potential weather conditions at that time of year.

Q: If I’m doing the 50 can I join the 100 runners for sections 1 & 2?

A: Of course, we welcome everyone as these are great training runs and the 50 may well be a stepping stone to the 100, so a recce of sections 1 & 2 may be very useful. Things to note are that these sections are tough and may be done in darkness. Last year during the recce of section 1 (due to take place in Nov) runners were still finishing at 8pm in the evening, completing Blacksail Pass and Scarth Gap in darkness. For those of you not familiar with the Lake District, those climbs and descents are not for the inexperienced.

How does the weekend work?

The general format is on Saturday evening, we have a guest speaker. The guest speaker may be an expert in the field of coaching, nutrition or psychology. Alternatively, they may be past winners or runners, giving their advice and accounting their story of the race. The runnning part takes place on Sunday and the meeting point will generally start from a location close to the previous evening’s presentation.  You’ll need to find your own accommodation and we recommend that you start with the town in which the guest talks take place.

The one recce which follows a different format is January 30th, Ambleside to Coniston. The guest talks are Saturday morning / early afternoon and the run starts later Saturday afternoon and continues into the night. For 50 runners, Ambleside to Coniston is where you will be running in darkness during the event, so this gives you the opportunity to practice night navigation.

Locations for guest talks and run starts will be as follows:

Saturday October 31st / Sunday November 1st Section 1 – Guest talk in Keswick (Sat evening). On Sunday morning, the meeting point will be Buttermere (30 minutes drive from Keswick).

Saturday January 30th Section 4 – Guest talk in Ambleside (Sat morning and early afternoon). On Saturday afternoon, the meeting point is Coniston (30 minutes drive from Ambleside)

Saturday April 2nd / Sunday April 3rd Section 2 – Guest talk in Keswick (Sat evening). On Sunday morning, the meeting point will be Dalemain (30 minutes drive from Keswick)

Saturday May 28th / Sunday May 29th Section 3 – Guest talk in Ambleside (Sat evening). On Sunday morning, the meeting point will be Ambleside, same location as guest talks the evening before.

Q: All recce days are ‘point to point’ so how do we get our cars back?

On Sunday morning (Saturday afternoon for Jan recce) you need to drive to the end point for that day and you will be collected by coach and taken back to the start. For example, on November 1st recce section 1, Coniston to Buttermere, there will be guest talks Saturday evening in Keswick. Sunday morning you will drive and leave your car at Buttermere. You will be picked up by coach and driven to Coniston to start the run for that day, finishing back at your car. This might sound a little complicated… ‘you’re at the start, you then drive to the finish, we then bus you back to the start’ but it is the best format as explained below.

Q: Why do we drive to the finish and not just bring you back by coach?

A: Faster runners can often finish the recce days up to 6 hours quicker than the last runners. If the coach were waiting to bring you back, it would have to be in place for 6 hours to collect everyone before you can get back to your car! Alternatively, we’d have to have multiple buses running shuttles which would not be logistically possible. Driving to the finish means that we can collect everyone together, it also means that at the end of the day, you can get in your car and go straight home!

Q: What if I’m coming on the train or don’t have a car?

A: Please don’t presume that you can get a lift back to the start or to the station when you reach the end of the run, this isn’t the case. If you are traveling by train or don’t have a car, we suggest that you go onto the Facebook page and try to arrange with others beforehand. The organisers cannot ferry any runners back to the start or any other location.

Q: What’s at the checkpoints?

A: We will count you through and provide ‘basic’ refreshments such as water, biscuits and flapjack. You should carry your own food and drink if required. You will also be counted in at the finish.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: Full kit list as per website, food and drink, mobile phone charged, map and roadbook printed from website, GPS if you have the option – route downloaded from website.

Q: Will there be people to guide and help me navigate

A: Whilst there may be a number of people running who are there to guide, presume that the answer to this is NO. Ultimately you need to navigate yourself and you need to bring all the items as above, which will help you navigate the course.

Q: When does the sign up close?

A: Sign up closes on the Wednesday prior to the recce weekend as we need to confirm coach size and requirements.

Q: If I’ve signed up, when do I get final details regarding pick-up times, location of guest talk etc?

A: We will email all those signed up on the Monday prior to the recce weekend, details will also be posted on this blog page in the week prior. You can find the blog page by going to the Lakeland 100 homepage and clicking the blog link.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: You’ll need to find your own accommodation and this is not included, the cost for the Saturday guest talk and Sunday run, including transport is £15.

Q: If I can’t make it can I transfer my money to the next recce day?

A: You’ll need to tell us 1 week in advance otherwise this won’t be possible as transport, venues and refreshments have been booked and paid. If you tell us a week or more in advance.. no problem..

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Montane Lakeland 50 & 100, General Entries 2016 Full and Closed.

The Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 will take place July 29th-31st 2016. This morning, 1050 entries were available across legendsthe 2 distances (400 places for the 100 miles and 650 places for the 50 miles). Entries sold out in 6 minutes, which is a new record for the event. The organising team are overjoyed with the response, but there is a hint of sadness that we are not able to accommodate everyone. We look forwards to seeing new faces who will join us for the first time, whilst welcoming back repeat offenders who should simply know better by now.

There will be a further 200 ‘charity entries’ available at 9:00am on October 1st. These entries will cost the same as general entries, but come with a commitment to raise and donate a further £100 to our designated charities.

We’re looking forwards already to the year ahead and ensuring that 2016 will be our biggest and best ever year. We’ve already got new ideas and can’t wait to put our plan into action.

If you were one of those who gained a place, we’ll hopefully be seeing you soon at one of our recce days. There’ll be plenty of things to keep you entertained over the next 11 months and we look forwards to welcoming you to Coniston, July 29th 2016.


Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 Organising Team

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