Archive for July, 2018

Who’s looking after you… a guide to checkpoints, 1-14

Checkpoint 1, Seathwaite Village Hall

Checkpoint 1 is a quick stop for the 100 runners at Seathwaite Village Hall. It’s staffed by the wonderful team at Ulverston Triathlon Club. Their theme is World Cup and you’re invited to try and score a penalty, beating the keeper. If you miss… there’s no food and water for you.


Checkpoint 2, Corn Mill, Boot vikings

For the 100 runners you’ll be facing darkness soon after this checkpoint so this is the perfect place for Petzl and CP manager Martin Bergerud. This year Martin and his team will be feeding, hydrating, supporting and pushing you onwards to Wasdale. Martin is an all round mountain man, runner, cyclist and great guy so you are in safe hands. This year their theme is VIKINGS!


Checkpoint 3, barn close to Wasdale Inn, Wasdale Superheroes

Based in the North East is an immense army known as The Sunderland Strollers. They are regulars at ultra running events throughout the UK, competing or supporting. Many of the members have already taken part in the Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 and they have an elite team ready and waiting for you at Wasdale checkpoint. With Blacksail Pass and Scarth Gap looming, you’ll need ‘lifting’ at the Wasdale CP, the Strollers are the team for the task. Imagine a barn in bleakest Wasdale full of super heroes…. these guys goes above and beyond, you need to get to Wasdale just for the fancy dress, it’ll be worth it. 


Checkpoint 4, Buttermere Village Hall, Festive Celebration

Bev & Kim (don’t need to say any more for the regulars) will be staffing this point and the theme this year is Christmas. Last year their theme was American Diner and the milkshakes and hot dogs were so popular that we have to keep them…. but they’ll be festive this year. Yeah… we’re not sure how that will work either but don’t worry, it’ll be fine. Merry XMAS everyone, only 24 more sleeps!!

Checkpoint 5, HMS Braithwaite, The High Seas

Tony and Giselle are at CP5 and that’s probably as much as we need to say for those who’ve done the event before. They’ve been there every year, feeding, supporting and pushing people onwards and they are the first ‘real food’ stop (mains and pudding!!). Tony and Giselle have been long distance runners and walkers for many years and have racked up more LDWA events that they’ll serve hot meals in July. If anyone complains, you will be made to walk the plank as the pirate team running HMS Braithwaite will not take any abuse from slackers.

Checkpoint 6, Blencathra Centre School of Rock

Trawden AC are the crew in charge of Blencathra, the most Northern Checkpoint on the course. The theme is ‘School of Rock’ and they are ready to drive you onwards… it’s tradition that NOBODY drops out at Blencathra and Trawden AC will keep you moving!

Checkpoint 7, Dockray Pink Pleasure

Checkpoint 7 is found at the end of the old coach road, in a deserted car park, usually in the early hours of the morning and that’s why you’ll be pleased to see them. The Newburgh Nomads and Parbold Pink Panthers are a running club from Lancashire who have experienced you pain. This year the ladies have taken charge and their theme is ‘think pink’…. rumour has it that some of the men have revolted already!

Checkpoint 8, Dalemain House Garden Party

The ‘half way stop’ for the 100 course which is in fact not half way at all and it is the start of the 50 mile event. Dalemain is manned by the familiar face of Angela Bardon and this year they are going formal…. and hosting a garden party. More tea vicar? Cucumber sandwich? That’s enough now… get up and crack on.

Checkpoint 9/1, Bobbin Mill, Howtown Pyjama Party

The first CP for the 50 runners and you’ll have barely broken sweat. After a great trail along Ullswater you drop to Howtown for the first stop and then start the first real climb up Fusedale valley. The checkpoint is managed by Kerry & Rick Gilchrist and their theme is Lakeland Pyjama Party!!!

Checkpoint 10/2, Mardale Head Car Park, Mardale Sparta

Delamere Spartans are a collective of trail runners who shun tarmac in favour of adventure and good times in the great outdoors. The brotherhood of Sparta is a bond that cannot be broken. In Sparta you will find friendly bravado and good old fashioned ‘encouragement’ for all. They live wild in Delamere Forest, their spiritual home and out on the killing fields of Cheshire. The Spartans are driven on through wind, rain, sleet and snow. Even darkness turns to light in their presence. They are committed to finding personal limits and once discovered, they smash through them like a truck on a colossal mirror.

Treacherous Persians cower (NB: not many Persians at Mardale) as the Spartans find glory through their victories. Witness their banner at races, from the friendly Lakes of the North to the burning pit of hell known as the South (their words not ours, for our Southern friends reading this). They are the Delamere Spartans, what’s your occupation?


Checkpoint 11/3, Kentmere Institute, Kentmere Beach Party

Kentmere is staffed by our friends at Mountain Fuel and they’ll welcome you to their beach party! Hopefully the weather will hold out, feel free to take your bikini!


Checkpoint 12/4, Parish Hall, Ambleside Circus

Checkpoint 12 is Ambleside Parish Hall and the stop is managed by Ringmasters Charlie Sproson and Noanie Heffron. Roll up, roll up, come and see the biggest show on earth at Ambleside Circus!!

Reaching Ambleside is a great landmark so you’ll be glad to reach the parish hall and you’ll welcome the relief. Some of you will reach Ambleside before last orders, no stopping in the pub please, it’s not in the spirit of the event…


Checkpoint 13/5, Chapel Stile Pleasure Dome

Chapel Stile is staffed by Nikki Knappet (De La Napsack) and her team. Their theme is ‘The Pleasure Dome’ and they are ready to motivate you when your energy levels are reaching a low… Frankie says don’t DNF. 

Checkpoint 14/6, Tilberthwaite, Jacob’s Ladder

This year the Checkpoint will be managed by ‘the Colby’s’ and their team. They’re supporting Jacob’s Join in aid of child cancer, Manchester Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. Jacob’s ladder is your final challenge… you just need to pay £1.

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