The 10km Trail Race is graded ‘Moderate’, this means to all, whether you want to cruise round it as your introduction to trail running or race it at the front end. The course is beautiful and interesting from the word go. The start is located halfway down Derwent Water and is accessed from the Keswick Mountain Festival events centre, Crow Park, by a scenic ride on one of the Keswick Launch Company's boats. This is included in the entry price of the race.
The course is a mixture of wide-open trails through amazing woodland, a little single track, a few short and sharp hills, some road & fields to finish. If you’re new to trail running then this is the course for you, being a short distance with a small amount of ascent. Expect amazing running in some of the Lake Districts best trail running country along the shores of Derwent Water & under the fellside flank of the famous Catbells.
Starting at Low Brandlehow, you will set of through beautiful woodland next to the shores of Derwent Water, once you've run through the Manesty Woods you'll turn from South to North & take a short sharp climb up on to the flanks of Catbells for some excellent wide open trails. This leads to the ‘Hawes End’ drinks station and then the flatter lands of Overside Woods, passing The Lingholm Estate on your right and taking forest trails until a short road sections takes you through the village of Portinscale, across the suspension bridge and to the fields to the West of Keswick. An exciting and fast finish round the back of Crow Park will lead you into the Festival Site where your family & friends will be cheering you on to your own personal victory.
It is possible that events and courses at KMF may need to be amended at short notice due to weather issues, water levels, road conditions or roadworks.
By nature, many of these factors are not possible to know well in advance. For each event there are a number of alternative options available which can be implemented at short notice. The organisers and race directors will always have athlete and spectator safety as the highest priority, and within that context will seek to provide the best possible experience.
All sporting events would be impacted if the KMF Festival Village has to be closed. In this instance, as long as circumstances allow, all starts and finishes would be relocated to Lake Road and Lakeside Car Park and the events operated as smoothly as possible. The 10km route would be re-routed through Hope Park (north of Crow Park) to finish on Lake Road.
The 10km course is extremely robust and will cope with most weather. The challenging factor with the 10km route can be the mode of transport from Crow Park to the race start at Low Brandlehow. On a general race day transport is via Keswick Launches across Derwent Water to the race start. Coach transport is a back-up option if strong winds or other weather means the launches cannot sail, with 4 coaches reserved in advance of the event to transport competitors to the race start.
A bad weather route will be published closer to the Festival to be used in the event that the course needs to be adjusted.
Keswick Launch Sailings
You will be taking a Keswick Launch to the western shores of Derwent Water to land at Hawes End, a few minute walk from the race start. Sit back and take in the spectacular views of the surrounding fells before the start of the race! There are four different start times so you will need to choose your ferry sailing time when booking your race. The start times of the races will be 09.00am, 10.00am, 11.00am, and 12.00 (noon). Each ferry will sail approximately 30mins prior to the start times - 08:30 (09:00), 09:30 (10:00), 10:30 (11:00) and 11:30 (12:00).
Please note; these times are subject to change and in the case of the ferries not being able to sail, coaches will take you to the start of the race.
Please also note; this is a private boat for competitors and is included in the entry price of the race.
Stunning ferry sailing, FREE photograph, electronic chip timing, event t-shirt and 1 FREE concert ticket!
WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT THIS EVENT?
• A stunning ferry sailing to the start of the race,
• Perfect course for those who want to try their first off road 10k,
• Finish at Crow Park taking in the fantastic festival atmosphere where your friends and family can watch you pass the finish line!
• Get spectacular views of the festival from the West side of Derwent Water
• Professionally organised by experienced events team.
Timing & Safety:
Results Base will be timing the event with the use of an electronic timing chip.
Please dress appropriately depending on the weather conditions on the day of the event, i.e ‘Trail Running Shoes and clothing.
Winning time of 2016 - 37:14. Mark Lamb, Mountain Fuel (Course Record)
Click to see the full 10km race results from 2017
DATES, TIMES & BOOKING
The Festival Village is located adjacent to The Theatre By The Lake close to Derwentwater.