The Salomon 50km Ultra Marathon Trail Race is graded 'Very Hard'. This ultra marathon distance race is not for the faint hearted & we advise you have knowledge of how to use a map & compass, even though it is a fully and extremely well marked route, as you will be taking in 4 mountain passes along the way. This race is for the experience trail runner & is a tough course, but is a classic mountain trail race with a record to beat. You do not need to be an elite runner to compete, but you must have completed a marathon distance at least over hilly terrain and technical paths before entering. The course takes in some of Borrowdale, Buttermere & Newlands Valley's finest trails & views, the race will be run in a clockwise direction. The start is from the KMF events centre Crow Park.
The course is a mixture of wide open trails, single track (fast & technical), big long ascents & fast technical descents, open valley running & very remote feeling trails around the back of the Buttermere/Crummock Water & the Newlands Valley area. It takes in area's that you will not have run in before. Expect to be blown away by the views of the 4 valleys we take you through & overwhelmed by the quality of running you will be enjoying. This race is not only tough, but is also one of the most scenic routes in the Lake District & takes mountains & lowlands in its stride offering you the best trail running experience in the country.
The 50km route starts from inside Crow Park, heading down the east side of Derwent Water, it then crosses the road & heads up the fell to the NE of Great Wood. Mountain trails then take you above Walla & Falcon Crags, passing the memorial to Bob Graham on your way into Watendlath. Joining the 25km trail route you will be stunned by this valley & its amazing single track! At the head of the valley you grind out over Grange Fell & descend the fast & technical track to the Rosthwaite Institute & your 1st Feed Station (CP 1) of the day. Watered & fed, by the Team Nutrition guys, you will then head West up the track running parallel with the Honister mines road to your 2nd Feed Station (CP 2). From here you follow the 2014 (42km) route down into Buttermere via Dubs Quarry round the back of Fleetwith Pike, very technical and extremely enjoyable. Now run around the southern shore of Buttermere & then Crummock Water to the 3rd Feed Station (CP 3) of the day at the foot of the lake and follow-on to run back up the north side, utilising the shoreline footpath. Now you enter Rannerdale Valley, where we're hoping to get the same Bluebell display as we did in 2014. Up and over the hause at the head of the valley & then round the single track hugging Whiteless Pike, Addocombe Beck & taking the same route through the hause between Sail & Ard Crags. This is the most remote section of the course & is absolutely mind blowing! Dropping quickly down the technical and rocky track here you end up in the Newlands Valley and the 4th Feed Station (CP 4), using a small amount of road you run towards Little Town, before heading back onto the trails & down the Newlands Valley arriving at the 5th Drinks Station at Hawes End (not a timed CP, so no dibbing here). From here you're on the final home leg & you run along the lake shore paths until Portinscale is reached & head back into Keswick via the Bob Graham Round finish. Once on the streets of Keswick you will be quickly directed to the back alley, running behind Booths super market, by marshals, to your glory finish back at Crow Park. Perfect training for the UTLD Lakeland 50/100 in July.
Entry qualifier for the Lakes Sky Ultra
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FREE photograph, electronic chip timing, event t-shirt, access to 4 feed stations on route and 1 FREE concert ticket!
What’s great about this event?
- Start and finish at Crow Park where your friends and family can spend the day and watch you cross the finish line creating a supportive atmosphere.
- Stunning Lakeland scenery
- Challenging and varied terrain
There will be an Event Timing Solution's system for this race so we will have complete knowledge of who starts & who finishes.
There will be 4 checkpoints (CP's) around the course, which all competitors must visit & dib in at with their 'timing card', failure to do this will mean disqualification from the race & putting the whole event at risk, this is for your safety. At these CP's there will be feed stations where you can fuel up with water, electrolytes & some food. 2 marshal will be present at every checkpoint.
There are cut off's at the Honister Slate Mines CP and Crummock Water CP. If you are outside the generous cut off we are afraid you will be pulled from the race, so please make sure you are ready for this distance and ascent. We cannot lay on provision to transport you back to the race HQ, you must make your own way back to the events centre & hand in your 'Timing Card', failure to do this could result in the MRT's being called out to search for you, so please make sure you do this.
Mandatory kit list
You must comply with the kit list below and carry this with you on the day of the race.*
- WATERPROOF whole body cover (i.e. covering the torso from head to ankles)
- Other body cover appropriate for the weather conditions including, as a minimum, hat and gloves but also e.g. a fleece
- Map & Compass or GPS type equipment is perfectly acceptable & is encouraged
- Emergency food (long races).
- Mobile phone fully charged
- First aid kit to include: blister plasters/1 large sterile wound dressing/bandage or tape to secure dressing
- 0.5L fluid
*The race director and Keswick Mountain Festival reserve the right to ask you to carry more clothing on the day of the race, depending on the weather conditions. This will be detailed to you via email in the run up to the race.
We will be kit checking on the day & if you are found to not have the minimum kit requirements, we reserve the right to pull you from the race. Please understand this is from a safety point of view only.
Bad Weather Course:
Should we have serious weather conditions on the day we will be opting for a bad weather course, this will be advised upon on the day of the event. We do not take this decision lightly!
Winning Time in 2015 - 5:05:50 - Patrick Keane, Dutch Mountain Rescue
DATES, TIMES & BOOKING
The Festival Village is located adjacent to The Theatre By The Lake close to Derwentwater.