The Scafell Sky Race is first of the season, moved to June the 8th an separated away from the newly re-designed Lakes Sky Ultra.
SSR has existed as a point to point footrace between the sleepy hamlet of Seathwaite and to the bustling streets of Ambleside. We planned it this way to fit in with our events centre in the University of Cumbria campus in Ambleside, but for us it always lacked that 'mountain feel' at the end. We also understand the coach journey isn't everyones cup of tea.
Now we are really excited to announce, partnering with the National Trust, we have moved the start location to Great Langdale, the grandest of all the Lakeland valleys, to the iconic Stickle Barn.
The Hayloft in the Stickle Barn is a fantastic space, with everything we need to host this ultimate mountain footrace from.
The redesign of the course still keeps the same epic course from the first half (although this now becomes the 2nd part of the route), with the uber technical Gable/Napes 'climbers traverse' into the rocky and exposed traverse ascent to the summit of Scafell Pike by the ancient 'Corridor Route', the same boulder fields must be crossed to find your way to the summit of Bowfell and then the dropping into the wild Great Slab descent you find yourself back in exposed positions along the classic 'Climbers Traverse' under Cambridge and Flat Crags to find yourself quickly descending the band.
The new section still keeps the gruelling 700+m climb to the summit of Harrison Stickle before dropping you back into the glacial bowl of Stickle Tarn and now onto new ground. Around the back of Pavey Ark, runners ascend an 'easy gully' before stretching out over the high level Langdale Common before dropping steeply down into Stonethwaite and the head of the Borrowdale Valley system. Easy trails now lead you to the start of all the fun!
Lakes Sky Ultra goes through similar redesign. Our plan was always to have the race based right in the heart of the Mountains, but Ambleside gave a bigger calling when we first released it. Now 5 years on we bring the LSU into the terrain it should have started in.
Keeping the date the same, the LSU happens again on the middle weekend of July (Saturday, 13th July 2019) but moves valleys from the open vista's of the southern Lakes, we now drop the start right in the centre of LSU country, slap bang in the middle of the Patterdale valley at the very grand Patterdale Hall.
Patterdale Hall offers more than we ever have wanted for such a classic and epic mountain race with the mid-sized fells of Place Fell, Birkhouse Moor and the lower Arnison Crag surrounding the events centre. This ancient hall offers the perfect location to host our newly redesigned race from.
More on the new course to be disclosed soon, but expect the same bone shaking descents, lofty heights, hands on rock and mega ascent profile, traversing the very best 'lines' on offer around the Helvellyn Massif and the High Street Range. We've dropped the 'technicality' slightly by removing Pinnacle Ridge and added in a little more distance and ascent, so all aspiring to run this uber classic and certainly extreme 'mountain ultra' will be able to enter assuming they pass the 'scaled down' entry requirements.
On the same weekend we plan to host a new race, whilst the LSU is in process, runners will toe the start line again, not long after the LSU has been set off, to race the most technical race the Lake District has ever seen.
Short, sharp, technical and extreme, the Pinnacle Ridge Extreme will not disappoint aspirant top end skyrunners. If you love combining mountain running with full-on -hands and rock' scrambling then the PRE 2019 is the race for you.
Roughly 25 tp 30km with a whooping 2500m on the ascent profile and graded scrambles thrown in for good measure, this race will test the best of the worlds skyrunning scene on 'home' lakeland turf. Steeped in history, with ancient trails, old lead and silver mines and much much more, this will be a race to test yourself against for years to come.
We are taking a 'pre-entry' sign up list, in preparation for the race to open for entries in early 2019.
With 2019 looming already we thought you might like to know about the dates for 2019 for the Lakes Sky Ultra and...