Archive for September, 2016

Lakeland 50 & 100 Coaching Schedules

You now have your entry confirmed, so all you have to do is to follow a structured training schedule which will guarantee you success in 2017! We can certainly help with the latter as we’ve been coaching endurance athletes for the last 12 years with huge success.

Whilst we are now the organisers of the Montane Lakeland 50 & 100, our first foray into the world of endurance sports was coaching and sports science testing for runners, cyclists and triathletes. Under the heading of The Endurance Coach, we have coached and tested hundreds of athletes, of all ability levels, towards their endurance goals. The Endurance Coach developed into The Endurance Store, our independent running shop in Wigan, which is where our coaching and testing services are now based.

We have 2 coaching packages specifically geared towards the Montane Lakeland 50 & 100. The first is our personal coaching service, which costs £95 per month. This is limited to 10 people and is a bespoke service with sports science testing, a personalised schedule and personal contact and support throughout. We also offer a more basic support package at £40 per month which involves sports science testing, a personalised schedule and support via our private Facebook group. The basic package is limited to 20 people.

If you’re looking to make 2017 you best every year, we can help you. For more information regarding our ‘personal package’ GO HERE and to see the ‘basic support package’ GO HERE.

Our schedules start at the beginning of November. We are recruiting now, so we can arrange sports science testing sessions throughout the month of October. If you need any more information email

The Endurance Store

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Montane Lakeland Recce Weekend 1, Coniston to Buttermere, Sunday October 30th

The opening recce for 2017 event takes place on Sunday October 30th 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 ©iancorless.comIMG_5078UTLD2014Sail 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 (including 50 runners) 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!

Boot to Buttermere is the toughest section of the whole course and will be done in the dark during the actual event. Last year, the final finishers for this recce reached Buttermere at 8:00pm, it is a long day.

Timetable for Sunday October 30th:

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

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 GO HERE, all recce days cost £15. The cost includes refreshments at checkpoints and coach transport. You will need to find your own accommodation, we suggest Buttermere Youth Hostel or other accommodation in Buttermere.

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Western States 100 Qualification 2018

Yet again we are listed as a Western States 100 qualifier for 2018. Runners who complete the 2017 Montane Lakeland 100 ws100-2018-qualifying-racerace within the time limit will qualify to enter a lottery where the field for Western States will be selected.

The qualifying period for the 2018 Western States will be from November 7, 2016 through November 5, 2017. The lottery will be held on December 2, 2017 and the race itself will be run on June 23, 2018.

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Welcome to the 2017 Montane Lakeland 50 & 100

Welcome to the 2017 Montane Lakeland 50 & 100. We’d like to introduce ourselves and tell you a little bit more about the event. We are The Endurance Store, a small independent running shop based just outside Wigan in Lancashire and we also organise a series of trail running events, including the Montane Lakeland 50 & 100.legends

We started this event in 2008 with a very small number of competitors and since then it has grown beyond our expectations. In 2017 we’ll be celebrating our 10th year, so we are planning bigger and better celebrations than ever before. When we started the event in 2008, we approached Montane to request sponsorship and they agreed, despite the very small number of entries in year 1. Without their support over the last 10 years, we would never have been able to develop the event into it’s current form.

Entries filled very quickly this year and often people ask why they are required to enter on September 1st for an event which is 11 months away. Our reasoning is quite simple, for those doing the 100 event and for many doing the 50, you will need 9 months to fully prepare. If you have a place in the event, you are now able to plan your year and your winter preparation for July 2017 with a guaranteed goal. The reality is that the Montane Lakeland 100 is not successfully completed on the last weekend of July, it’s completed in the months of November to March, in miserable, dark and cold weather. There are few people who are motivated to train hard through the darkest winter months, based on an event which they ‘may or may not take part in’.

Our view is that you haven’t ‘entered a race’, you have registered for an 11 month journey which starts right now. Gaining a place will give you the motivation you need to get out of the door and hit the trails. Many of you will already be planning your training for the winter period and you will be looking for other events which can fill your weekends. Part of your journey will hopefully include our recce weekends, the first of which takes place on Sunday October 30th, Coniston to Buttermere. If you are a user of social media then we encourage you to follow our Facebook Page and meet others on the Facebook Group. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Why not arrange informal training weekends on social media with others runners, there’s always an excuse for a trail running weekend in the beautiful Lake District.

We’ll keep in touch over the winter with regards to the progress of the event and what’s on. If you’re local or find yourself in our neck of the woods, come and join us for our Saturday morning trail club which runs October to March or the legendary Tuesday night Bat Run Series.

For now, well done on gaining a place. I’m sure we’ll see you soon and if not, we’ll see you in Coniston on Friday July 28th, 2017.

Welcome to the #LakelandJourney and welcome to the #LakelandFamily.

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Lakeland 50 & 100 Recce Days 2016/17

The recce days 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 day costs £15.

Section 1: Coniston to Buttermere (100 course only) Sunday October 30th
Section 4: Ambleside to Coniston (50 & 100 course) Saturday January 28th – NIGHT RUN
Section 2: Buttermere to Dalemain (100 course only) Sunday March 26th
Section 3: Dalemain to Ambleside (50 & 100 course) Sunday 28th 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 October) 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.

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, recce section 1 October 30th, Coniston to Buttermere. On 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: 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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