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57km with 3700m ascent | Category - Sky Ultra | July 15th 2023 | Location - Patterdale | Entries Open 1st October 2022 | 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 in the Lake District. Entries are open to all skyrunners that will tackle this ultra-distance route, taking in Striding and Swirral Edge amongst other wonderfully technical terrain, demanding that the competitors have superb mountain skills.

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

The course is now run in an ANTI CLOCKWISE direction, which is opposite to previous years

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

57km of Lake District paths, trails and rock with 3700m ascent will test your endurance to the limit - but stamina alone won’t get you to the finish line.

2022 Update: The route has been reversed due to how busy Striding and Swirral Edges have become and so you will now go in a reverse direction to the previous years races

You’ll need a good head for heights and nerves of steel: you’re going to traverse five of the most amazing ridge-lines in the Lake District: Starting with Lower Man to Helvellyn, next the awesome Swirral and Striding Edges, Cofa Pike and the ascent from Haweswater to High Street being Rough Crag/Longstile Edge

We packed all the best central and eastern-Lake District mountain running trails we know into this course: you’ll go around the foot of Birkhouse Moor, over Whiteside, Lower Man, Helvellyn via the Edges, run past Nethermost and Dollywagon, over Fairfield via Cofa Pike, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, Red Screes, St Ravens Edge, Stoney Cove Pike, The Beacon, Rough Crag and finally the last summit of High Street, passing Angle Tarn on the final descent into Patterdale.

It’s an epic day out to say the least....

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 or Plant a Tree in Scotland with Trees not Tees
  • One fully-supplied feed station (Ambleside) and 11 manned checkpoints
  • Post-race meal (vegan and gluten free, so good for all dietary requirements)
  • A finishers’ bottle/pint 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]
  • Post-race massage (£15)


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