Only the most experienced, competent all-round mountain runners will toe the start line of Lakes Sky Ultra. If you want to be one of them, here are a few ways you can help ensure that your entry application makes it through our vetting process:
Build up your racing experience:
When we assess your racing experience, we’re looking for evidence that you have the skill and confidence to run technical, and run long. If this is your first big skyrace – perhaps you’re stepping up from Scafell Sky Race or Ring of Steall; perhaps you’re training for Glencoe Skyline – then tough ultra-distance routes like Lakeland 50, Keswick Mountain Festival 50km, V3K, Lakes in a Day or the Tour de Helvellyn all provide the kind of race experience we’re looking for.
Build up your scrambling experience:
We want to know that you can tackle a Grade 3 scramble with sure feet and a clear head, without posing a danger to yourself, your fellow competitors or our safety team. If you have a fear of heights, wobbly knees or vertigo, this isn’t the race for you: we want to know you’ll be safe and confident on the course. However, if three-points-of-contact, hands-and-feet-on- rock is your cup of tea, then get some named and graded scrambles under your belt and tell us about them on your entry form: then we’ll know you’re ready to face Pinnacle Ridge with confidence.
Come to Mountain Run Sky School:
If you love the sound of all this but just don’t have the time or confidence to pack in the right race or scrambling experience on your own before entries close in June, check out our Mountain Run Sky School training packages. We’ve designed a Training Weekend and route recce day (full details coming soon) tailor made to help keen Lakes Sky Ultra entrants gain the specific experience and confidence they need to gain an entry. Complete one of these successfully (the Mountain Run team will advise you), and you’ll know that you’re ready to toe the start line at Lakes Sky Ultra this year.