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.

For more information go to


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