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57km | 3700m ascent | 15th July 2023 | Patterdale | From £90 | 07.00 Start | Max Allowed Time 11.5 hours

If you’re looking for a serious challenge, then this is it. Inspired by the great ultra distance Sky Races of Europe the Helvellyn Sky Ultra™ is one of the most technically demanding marked races in the Lake District with wonderful terrain demanding that the competitors have superb mountain skills.


“The Helvellyn Sky Ultra for me is one of the classic original Lake District Mountain Ultras. It’s tough, technical and a great day out. The highlight of the race is getting to run along the iconic edges of Helvellyn!" - Howard Dracup, 2018

With 57km of Lake District paths, trails and rock and 3700m of ascent, the route will test your endurance level 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 if you’re going to traverse five of the most amazing ridge lines in the Lake District! Lower Man to Helvellyn, the awesome Swirral and Striding Edges, Cofa Pike and ascent from Haweswater to High Street.


We have packed the very best of the central and eastern Lake District mountain running trails into this course. From grassy trods and well-worn mountain paths, to bare rock and scree, bog and open fell, it is an epic day out to say the least!

The course is now run in an ANTI CLOCKWISE direction to avoid how busy Striding and Swirral Edges have become.

THERE IS NO VETTING IS REQUIRED ON HELVELLYN SKY ULTRA

Included in your entry fee:

  • Fully marked course
  • Race memento
  • Race map (supplied)
  • One fully-supplied feed station and 11 manned checkpoints
  • Vegan and Gluten-Free Post-race meal
  • Open Tracking electronic timing and GPS Tracker
  • A professional Safety Officer and supporting safety team provided by Mountain Run
  • A professionally planned event delivered by a highly experienced team

Optional extras are available via SI Entries:

  • Helvellyn Sky Ultra quality cotton tee (available exclusively to race entrants, £25 each)
  • Branded real alpine goat-bells for your support team (£20 each)
  • Post-race massage (£15 with 25% donated to Local School)
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