Rules and Entry Requirements
Please read the following rules and declarations carefully: they are provided for your own safety and information.
Entry requirements and vetting process
You must be at least 19 years old as of 14 July 2018 to enter Lakes Sky Ultra.
Entries are via SI Entries, where you will be asked to detail your relevant experience of mountain running, rock climbing and scrambling experience for the Race Director’s review. You must be able to demonstrate:
- Completion of several named mountain races or mountain runs within the past 5 years, of 30 miles/50km or more, and of similar severity to Lakes Sky Ultra. In the UK, this may include Lakeland 50, Keswick Mountain Festival 50km, V3K, Glencoe Skyline, Lakes in a Day, Tour de Helvellyn;
- Significant scrambling/rock climbing experience and ability. Please include specific, named and graded examples of routes completed: hands and feet on rock; 3 points of contact; full rock climbing experience. If you are unsure, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before putting in your pre-race entry.
No payment will be taken at this stage. We will review and respond to your entry application as soon as possible: usually within 48 hours.
- If your application is successful, you will be redirected to SI Entries to complete your application and make payment to confirm your place.
- If your application is unsuccessful, we may offer suggestions on how to gain the additional experience required for a successful entry application.
Please note that the Race Director will have the final decision on whether to allow any aspirant competitor to race. Any competitor found to have deliberately misled the Race Director will be expelled from the race and all future associated races.
Health and wellbeing
- You must be confident of your own ability to enter and complete the race. You must be fit, and in good health on race day.
- You must take responsibility for yourself, and fellow racers, during the race. Your ability to exercise Sound Mountain Judgement is vitally important. Small incremental errors can lead to disaster.
- Any runner must halt their race to offer help to any fellow competitor who is in trouble or injured. The race directors will reward anyone who does stop to help. Anyone who is found not to have helped a fellow competitor may be disqualified and barred from entering any future Mountain Run events.
- You must understand and know how to cope with the common injuries such as sprains, cuts and dehydration. You must be able to identify the signs of hyper- and hypothermia (elevated or lowered body temperature). You must also understand the onset of hyper- and hyponatremia (excessive or low levels of sodium in the blood), and have an understanding of the symptoms of rhabdomyalgia (breakdown of muscle tissue resulting in the release of muscle fibres into the bloodstream).
- Your ability to self-rescue in the event of injury is a must. You must carry mapping (digital or analogue) to aid self-rescue, as noted in the Mandatory Kit list. We recommend the 1:40000 British Mountain Map Lake District produced by Harvey Maps. The carrying of GPS enabled devices is also encouraged.
- You must not use earphones on the course, for safety reasons. It is important to be fully aware of your surroundings, wearing earphones does not allow this. Any competitor found running with earphones will risk disqualification.
Safety on the course
- You must carry the mandatory kit at all times.
- You must follow the countryside code, especially in relation to shutting gates. It is strictly forbidden to climb any walls or fences.
- You must stay on the fully way-marked course and to deviate from this will risk disqualification from the race.
- You must follow either the race route (or the bad-weather route, if this is implemented), as dictated by the Race Director or any race officials or course marshals. Any 'on the hill' safety announcements from marshals must be adhered to - these might include race abandonment or instructions to wear waterproofs. The Race Director reserves the right to cancel the race in extreme circumstances.
- Intense or prolonged rain before the event may cause river levels to rise rapidly. If you reach an impassable stream, please move UPSTREAM to cross safely.
- Race numbers must be worn on the front of your chest, and mustnot be obscured during the race. Race numbers must be given to marshals on the course. This is an important safety feature. Failure do this will risk disqualification from the race.
Running with dogs
- Although we love dogs, we regret that running with dogs is not allowed at Lakes Sky Ultra. This is for many sensible reasons, including Pinnacle Ridge! Please do not attempt to run with your dog: you will be disqualified, and risk being banned from this event and all future Skyrunning UK events.
SportIdent Timing and OpenTracking GPS devices
- We will utilise SportIdent timing and Open Tracking GPS, and you will be issued with a ‘dibber’ and GPS tracking device. Failure to ‘dib’ at any of the checkpoints or control boxes on the course will result in disqualification.
- You must report back to the Race Director/Timekeeper at the Event Centre when you finish or if you retire from the race. You must return your SportIdent timing chip and OpenTracking GPS tracking device: this is THE GOLDEN RULE. Failure to do so will risk disqualification from the event.
- Lost or damaged SportIdent dibbers will result in a £30 charge; unreturnedor damaged GPS trackers will be charged at the rate of £150.
Withdrawing and transferring entries
- Should you need to withdraw, a 50% refund will be offered up to EIGHT weeks before the race. Withdrawals after 19 May 2018 will be entitled to a first refusal option to enter the following year's race - this is a deferral and will carry an admin charge of 50% of the entry cost, as we have already committed costs for the race at this point. No refund at all will be available. No deferrals or refunds are available after entries close on 15 June, as we will have fully committed with all costs to the race.
- Entries are transferrable up until the closure of entries on 15 June, but ONLY with the approval of the Race Director. All transfers are subject to the usual vetting process. Should you wish to transfer your entry to someone else, please email email@example.com asap.
Cancelling a room booking
- Any accommodation booked through us can be refunded (with £15 admin fee) up until the close of race entries on 15 June. No accommodation refunds will be possible after that time.
- I understand that participation in Lakes Sky Ultra is a potentially dangerous activity, involving varied risks and accept all responsibilities associated with the race, including, but not limited to weather and its effects on individuals, ground condition, injury, loss, death, intense cold or heat conditions (such as hypothermia, hyperthermia, hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia).
- By entering this event, I agree that I will only take part on the day if I am in good health and will have undertaken adequate training for the distance that I am running. I understand that the organisers will take reasonable steps to promote my safety and that I must comply with all instructions given by the race organisers andmarshals.
- I confirm that I have considerable mountain experience, moving fast across rough terrain and have experience of scrambling on Grade 3 routes. I confirm that my experience and knowledge is sufficient to look after my own needs during the race.
- I confirm that I can exercise SOUND MOUNTAIN JUDGEMENT, making personal decisions to protect my own safety when confronted with adverse weather conditions. I confirm that I can and will mitigate my own risks by being fully prepared to take part in Lakes Sky Ultra.
- I confirm that I am self-sufficient, and can deal with an emergency situation should it happen.
- I confirm that I can self-evacuate from remote areas.
- I confirm that I will not push myself beyond the bounds of sensibility, and retire from the race, if necessary, at the earliest possible opportunity, so as not to put other people in harm's way. I know my own limitations and will endeavour to avoid putting any other person at risk through my actions.
- I confirm that I can competently follow a way-marked course, but that I can also competently use a map and compass or GPS system to navigate back to safety in the event of getting lost, injured or needing to retire from the race.
- I confirm that if I retire from the race, at any stage, or for any reason, be it injury, fatigue or some other reason, then I will report immediately, or as soon as reasonably possible, my retirement to a race marshal, and upon returning to the event centre, I shall report my retirement to the Race Director. I confirm that if I retire, I will return the timing device to the Race Director.
- I confirm, and allow, the race organisers, associated media partners to use imagery (still or moving) in marketing materials to promote future editions of the race, or any new race promoted by Mountain Run Events. I confirm that any imagery may be used to promote the race, including but not excluding online, in printed media, video, news or broadcast.
- I confirm that I have read all race literature, as displayed on the website, or through links provided on the website.
- I confirm that I agree to release Mountain Run Events, its staff, agents, representatives, associates, sponsors, marshals, and volunteers for any and all liability, including but not limited to claims, liability, damages, demands, causes of actions for any loss, damage, injury, claim, legal fees or action arising from my participation in Lakes Sky Ultra. This release extends to any claim made by my family, estate, heirs, or assigns arising from or in any way connected with the aforementioned activities. This release does not include a release to Mountain Run Events for acts of its own negligence.
- Mountain Run Events accepts its responsibility to make its courses as safe as is reasonably practicable. However, adventurous activities are inherently hazardous and cannot be completely risk free, however hard we try. Accidents can happen without any contributory negligence from Mountain Run Events or its staff. Mountain Run Events can accept no responsibility for loss or damage to personal property or for personal injury not arising as a result of its own act or default. I understand and accept the above statements and accept that I have a responsibility to take careful note of instructions and to act in a way that will minimise the likelihood of injury. I am fit for the course and will inform Mountain Run Events before the course of any special medical conditions that might affect my safety.