I’m dropping out, how do I get back to HQ?

At the Montane Lakeland 50 & 100, we are one of the few events who offer a transport service to get you back to HQ if you should pull out. The planning of such a transport rota is a major cost for this event and is a huge logistical challenge as many checkpoint are a 4 hour round trip from HQ. You should study this timetable and ensure that you are fully aware when and where you can pull out and how you can get back. Before we go any further there are some simple things you need to understand:

1. This rota is a huge challenge for us and the transport providers, please appreciate that in most other events, you would be expected to find your own way back.

2. With that in mind, NEVER complain to checkpoint staff if you are there longer than expected and you want to be transported home more quickly.

3. The emergency kit in these situations will prove vital. If you are wet and tired and have to wait several hours for transportation, dry clothing will be priceless. Get changed, stay warm, have a nap and expect a long wait in some cases.

4. If you drop out and you are not considered a severe medical emergency, you are not our priority. Our priority is those people who are still trying to reach the finish. With that in mind, stay out of the checkpoint, make space for those still competing and do not get in the way of the checkpoint staff who are trying to support. If you are able, offer your help to the CP staff to see if they need extra help, if not, please stay out of the way and let them do their job.

5. These are estimated times and all planned journeys are flexible to deal with circumstances which may occur during the event.

Montane Lakeland 100 Course Only

CP1: Seathwaite

You’re dropping out here? Really? No pick up from here, it’s 10k into the course, if you drop out here and it’s not a serious medical emergency, you really need to have a serious word with yourself. Don’t expect a ‘high 5’ when you stroll back into HQ because you won’t get one.

CP2: Boot

Minibus leaving Boot at 11:00pm which will then continue to Wasdale arriving 12:00 midnight. If you drop out here and do not have serious medical problem, see comments above regarding CP1 and go back to Parkrun.

CP3: Wasdale

Minibus leaving Wasdale at 00:45 and arriving back at Coniston with drop outs from Boot and Wasdale at 02:45am. The Strollers will be here manning the checkpoint so their entertainment may give you some temporary alleviation from your pain and sorrow. Remember all that motivational nonsense you posted on Facebook, walk past the bus and step forwards towards Blacksail Pass.

CP4: Buttermere

Minibus leaving 04:30am and arriving back at Coniston 06:00. Minibus will call at Braithwaite and Blencathra en route to Coniston if required. IMPORTANT – If you’re late and miss the cut-off, not only are you out of the event, but you won’t get a hot dog and milkshake at the American Diner. Nobody will be rewarded for failure at this event.

CP5: Braithwaite

Minibus will call 05:00am en route to Coniston arriving 06:30am. Coach will pick up 06:00am en route to Coniston arriving at Coniston 07:30am. You’ve made it through the first night, so give yourself a small round of applause but don’t get carried away. You will get no sympathy from Tony and Giselle who manage this CP, so don’t waste your breath.

CP6: Blencathra

Minibus will call 05:20am en route to Coniston arriving 06:30am. Coach will pick up 06:20am en route to Coniston arriving 07:30am. Coach will pick up 07:20am en route to Coniston arriving 08:30am. CP is managed by Trawden AC and they’re keen to ensure in their first year that NOBODY stops here.

*Coach will pick up from Blencathra 09:30am and transport competitors to Dalemain, arriving 10:30am, you will stay at Dalemain until 13:30pm to be transported back to Coniston 14:30pm – LONG WAIT, YOU MAY AS WELL CARRY ON AND GET YOUR MONEY’S WORTH.

CP7: Dockray

Coach will call 12:30pm and transport to Dalemain for 13:00pm. coach will then leave Dalemain 13:30pm and transport back to Coniston 14:30pm. If you’re searching for motivation, you might find it here. The CP manager Dave Ralphs is known for his invigorating and inspirational speeches which rival people such as Yoda and the Dalai Lama. We fondly remember the time he told Stuart Mills to “shut up, sit down, stop eating that ‘gel sh*te’, have a butty and then bugger off….” Stuart went on to win the 100.

CP8: Dalemain

Coach will leave 13:30pm and transport back to Coniston 14:30pm. Second coach will leave Dalemain 16:30pm, calling at Howtown 17:00pm (if required). Coach will stay at Howtown until 18:00pm then continuing to Coniston to arrive 19:45pm. There’s hot food, pick and mix and a place to lie down here, it’s such a lovely place. There’s also a warm bus waiting to take you back to Coniston if you have failed. This is where the weak one’s stop, in full view of all the 50 starters.

Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 Course

CP1/9: Howtown

Single coach leaving 18:00pm arriving Coniston 19:45. Runners in the 100, if you’re going to stop, do so here and don’t set off for Mardale, it’s the toughest leg of the route. Runners in the 50, if you drop here without a serious medical emergency, serious questions need to be asked about your level of commitment.

CP2/10: Mardale Head

The stretch from Howtown to Mardale includes the climb up Fusedale (known as the cauldron) and then the long section of Haweswater (known as the killer). You’ll be glad to reach the Mardale Head CP but if you’ve gone off too hard in the 50, this is where you’ll stop and this is where we have the biggest percentage of 50 drop outs. The Spartans of Delamere once held back an army of 45,000 at this narrow pass, piling up the bodies of wilting ultra runners and using it as a barricade. Don’t be one of them.

CRITICAL – IF IT’S LIKELY YOU WILL DROP OUT AT MARDALE HEAD, DON’T LEAVE HOWTOWN. A coach will arrive 11:00am and this coach will not leave until 5:00pm. A second coach will remain until 11:00pm, arriving back at Coniston 01:00am. IMPORTANT – If you drop out at Mardale, you may have to wait 10 hours to be transported back. Remember this when deciding whether to continue, whether to stop and at which checkpoint you do so.

CP3/11: Kentmere

Feeling a bit tired here? My heart bleeds… You chose to enter it and the terms and conditions clearly state no refunds at this point.

Minibus leaving 16:30pm and arriving back at Coniston 18:00pm, calling at Ambleside, Langdale and Tilberthwaite as required en route to Coniston. Further minibus leaving 21:30pm and 01:00am to arrive back at Coniston 23:00pm and 02:30am, calling at Ambleside, Langdale and Tilberthwaite as required en route to Coniston.

CP4/12: Ambleside

If you make it to Ambleside circus staffed by Mountain Run and Nic’s Nordic Walks, you have broken the back of both routes. Of those who reach Ambleside, the majority go on to finish. Try to carry that positive thought with you as you lie on your back cramping whilst shoving flapjack into your mouth like there’s no tomorrow….

Minibus leaving 17:00pm and arriving back at Coniston 18:00pm, calling at Langdale and Tilberthwaite as required en route to Coniston. Further minibus leaving 22:00pm and 01:30am to arrive back at Coniston 23:00pm and 02:30am, calling at Ambleside, Langdale and Tilberthwaite as required en route to Coniston.

CP5/13: Langdale / Chapel Stile

It’s so comfy here, you’ll get a warm welcome, nice food, shelter and you’ll want to sit down and rest. The checkpoint will whisper to you…. move closer…. you can hear it…. “stay a while, rest here, don’t leave, it’s such a long way and you’ve done so much, why not stop here?” The checkpoint lies, do not listen to the checkpoint. For the 100 runners, if you genuinely hear the checkpoint talking to you, then the hallucinations have started.

Minibus leaving 17:30pm and arriving back at Coniston 18:00pm, calling at Tilberthwaite as required en route to Coniston. Further minibus leaving 22:30pm and 02:00am to arrive back at Coniston 23:00pm and 02:30am, calling at Tilberthwaite as required en route to Coniston.

CP6/14: Tilberthwaite

If you ask to drop out at Tilberthwaite, you should be absolutely ashamed of yourself. Get your sorry arse up the stone steps and onwards to glory. The steps were sent to test you at your weakest, but this will be your finest hour. Lakeland legends do not drop out at Tilberthwaite.

Shuttles to be arranged as required due to close proximity.

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