Lake District Sky Trails

Lsu Header 1

Home » Lakes Sky Ultra 2022

55km+ with 4300m+ ascent | Category - Sky Ultra | July 9th 22 | Location - Patterdale | Entries OPEN NOW | Entry Fee: £100

If you’re looking for a serious challenge, this is it. Inspired by the great ultra distance sky races of Europe, Lakes Sky Ultra™ is one of the most technically demanding course-marked race's the Lake District has ever seen. Entries are open to all experienced skyrunners that will tackle this ultra-distance route, taking in Striding and Swirral Edge amongst other extremely technical terrain, demanding that the competitors have superb mountain skills.

Please note: There is now 'NO VETTING' for entry into the Lakes Sky Ultra

Classified by Skyrunning UK as a "Sky Extra" race in 2018 and part of the continued Skyrunning UK series 2022, the Lakes Sky Ultra is officially the most extreme ultra-distance sky and mountain running event in England.

“An epic, brilliant, bonkers race!” Ellie H, 2017

55km of Lake District paths, trails and rock with 4'300m ascent will test your endurance to the limit - but stamina alone won’t get you to the finish line.

You’ll need a good head for heights and nerves of steel: you’re going to traverse three of the most amazing ridge-lines in the Lake District: The bone shaking and very wild ridge of Long Stile Edge and the very alpine and rocky scramble of Striding and Swirral Edges. We’re talking serious ascent with some distance thrown in and previous race/mountain experience is a must.

We packed all the best central and eastern-Lake District mountain running trails we know into this course: you’ll go up and over High Street, Longstile Edge, pass Haweswater and Smallwater, Thornthwaite Crag, Theshthwaite Mouth, Stoney Cove Pike, St Raven’s Edge, Red Screes, Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, Dollywagon Pike, Nethermost Pike, Helvellyn with some of the most remote valleys in the area dropped in for good measure. It’s an epic day out to say the least.

And just as you think you can make the whole distance we've added some new KoM Super Stages in to spice it all up. This year we will be combining the times for a real up-hill extravaganza, so remember to train 'hill reps' galore. It’s a race within a race, and the prizes will go to the runners who can dig the deepest in the final flight to the finish. [the winning men and ladies will not be able to enter this part of the race, prizes will go to those outside of the 'podium' slots]

Entries coming soon via SI Entries. Included in your entry fee:

  • Fully marked course
  • A Sky Ultra Race by design
  • Race 'buff' type head wrap
  • One fully-supplied feed station (Ambleside) and 12 manned checkpoints
  • Post-race meal (vegan, so good for all dietary requirements)
  • A finishers’ bottle of limited edition Lakes Sky Ultra Cider, produced locally by Cowmire Hall Cider
  • GPS tracking and timing from Open Tracking
  • A professional Safety Officer and supporting safety team [All 'mountain qualified']
  • A professionally planned event delivered by a highly experienced team
  • A 'tour de force' of the Central and Eastern Fells of the UNESCO status English Lake District
  • A great day out in the mountains with hard-to-earn adrenaline and endorphins ...

Optional extras are available via SI Entries:

  • Lakes Sky Ultra quality cotton tee (available exclusively to race entrants, £20 each) - [design available to view online, prior to purchase]
  • Branded goat-bells for your support team (£15 each) [These are real 'alpine' goat bells]
  • Hot meal at registration on Friday evening – carnivore and vegan options available (£15.00 - pre-order only)
  • Post-race massage (£15)

Sponsored by

Supporting Sponsors

Isf Member Uk
Tnt Partner
Brick Runners