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Start - Patterdale, Ullswater Valley | 10:00 Start
CP5 - [Mid Way CP] Kirkstone Pass | 13:30 Cut Off
Finish - Patterdale, Ullswater Valley | 17:30 Course Closure
St Sunday Mountain Race provisional race route supplied for illustrative purposes only. Route amendments and updates may be made at the Race Director’s sole discretion. ©Harvey Map's 2022
The St Sunday Mountain Race is still a tough race and is designed as an entry into Skyrunning and Skyracing.
Starting after the epic Rab Helvellyn Sky Ultra the SSMR will take you on a shorter and less technical roller coaster of the Eastern Fells of the Lake District, a World Heritage UNESCO site.
The first ascent is cruel, steep and unforgiving, sending you straight up Birks and onto St Sunday Crag, where the race gets its name. Next on the route is the ascent of Cofa Pike on with some mild/easy scrambling on route. The summit plateau of Fairfield is crossed and over Link Hause, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, Scandale Pass and then onto the summit of Red Screes where the technical descent takes you to CP5 and your only feed/drinks station on route.
The ascent of St Raven's Edge is nicely technical before the long and easy ascent to Stoney Cove Pike. Another technical gem of a roller coaster comes in the form of Threshthwaite Mouth before the Beacon and summit of High Street are reached. From here its all downhill and beautiful open trail running to the final sting in the tail of Glenamara Terrace and the finish you have been waiting for.
Cold meats, cheeses and vegan delights await you with some spicy lentil soup, made locally at Fell Bites and of course your beer to finish it all off with.
The route will be fully marked and flagged. There will be no navigation on route required, but navigational experience and skill maybe needed in the event of loosing the flags and is pre-requisite for a race entry.
The above image, with thanks to Harvey Maps, shows the provisional race route. There is likely to be some refinements before the race itself. Please keep an eye out for updates as they happen.
Underfoot terrain will be mixed. Grassy trods, well worn mountain paths, bare rock, scree, single track trails, hard/technical ascents and bone shaking descents will all feature on this fully marked route. Use of hands will be required in a few locations.
There will be a safety team on the hill, with marshalled control points at high-level locations along the course. A drinks stations will be at Kirkstone Pass with food/nutrition as well. Due to the nature of the terrain, competitors will need to carry their own food and drink for significant sections of the course, and finish with at least 200 calories of emergency rations. However, we encourage racers' families, friends and support teams to make their own way to marshalled points on the fells and at road crossings, preferably with a Cow Bell (these will be available to purchase on the day) or two to add to the atmosphere and character of the race.
There will be a cut-off at Kirkstone Pass(12:00), to ensure timely completion of the race route in daylight hours. Sunrise will be at approximately 05:10 with sunset at approximately 21:27, with the race running between the hours of 10:00 until 13:30.
A 100% sustainable 'seed bomb' medal, cold beer and hot meal awaits you at the finish in Patterdale.