About Us

Lakeland Trails was the brainchild of former international athlete Graham Patten, who has realised his dream of bringing an European, Alpine model of trail running to the Lake District. The first event was held in September 2004 and had just 80 competitors. The events have grown considerably since then, in both the number of venues and competitors, attracting over 10,000 trail runners last year. Lakeland Trails changed hands in 2019 but is still locally and independently owned by Phil Blaylock. Phil took part in his first Lakeland Trail in 2013 and has only missed one event since then. He worked his way up the ranks, racing and volunteering first, before coming Marshal Manager then Safety Manager before taking on the Event Director role in 2017.

Despite the large numbers of people taking part, we're still only a small team, but we are committed to ensuring our events are as safe, accessible, enjoyable and memorable as possible. We pride ourselves on staging festival-style outdoor events that are not only great fun, but are designed to ensure runners and walkers of all abilities are catered for. We also have a passion for the environment and we work hard to ensure the environmental impact of our events are minimised.

We are fortunate to be able to use some of the most beautiful, scenic trails in the UK and working alongside organisations such as the National Trust and Lake District National Park Authority to ensure we leave nothing other than foot prints and allowing you to take only great memories (and a t-shirt and photo!).

The courses are all planned over environmentally sustainable trails and bridleways and we use local suppliers and products wherever possible. We actively recycle and all of our signs are re-used at all the events. We also try to be as paper free as possible, with online entry and information through our website, Facebook page and e-newsletters.

To find out more about us and our events, please visit our FAQ's page.

Lakeland Trails is a company registered in England and Wales with company number 09875574 with VAT number GB232403159

Latest News

Earlybird launches at 10am

29th September 2022

We're busy preparing for the launch of the Earlybird and the site will be fully live at 10am Read more

Hoodies are on their way!

31st August 2022

Delivery due in time for Keswick Read more

Updated Ts and Cs

16th March 2022

Adding flexibility and reducing t-shirt waste Read more