Lakeland Trails in Cartmel

Provisionally 28th September 2024  –  5k, 10k, 18k

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The gently rolling trails around Cartmel offer lovely views over Morecambe Bay and the harder your run, the more Sticky Toffee Pudding you can eat afterwards.

Starting and finishing at Cartmel Racecourse, the 5K Cartmel Sport Trail, 10K Cartmel Trail Run, 18K Cartmel Trail Challenge & 18K Cartmel Trail Race take you on off-road journeys through some of the most scenic and varied countryside in the Lake District, along a 'Beauty and Beast' of a course.

The trails are along waymarked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, giving panoramic views of both Morecambe Bay and the surrounding peaks. Underfoot conditions are variable with a bit of everything - gravel tracks, muddy lanes and the odd puddle for good measure. There are some good fast sections, but it can be very sticky in places, especially if wet!

A carnival atmosphere is guaranteed for both spectators and competitors, with live music, race commentary, food and drink all available at the start and finish. So, whether you're new to trail running, an experienced athlete, or simply looking for an unforgettable day out in the Lake District, a family-friendly, festival atmosphere and some amazing trail running awaits you!

Course Maps & Profiles

Further Information

Start Lists

Start Lists, showing your race number, are published below.

Cartmel - Race Day

The comprehensive 2023 Event Guide is available to download fromHERE.

Very Important - follow our car park signs to get to the Racecourse (further detail in the Event Guide). If you follow Sat Nav, you may face a long detour when you arrive in the village because we must use designated roads.

Please note we have merged the Trail Challenge Early & Main Starts so every Challenge runner will set off at 13:00. The Race will still be at 14:00.

It's not possible to swap between the 10k Early and Main Start on the day.

Event Timetable

08.45 Car park opens at Cartmel Racecourse

09.00 Registration opens in the main registration marquee, Cartmel Racecourse

10.45 Cartmel Trail Run 10k Early Start

11.00 Cartmel Trail Run 10k Main Start

11.15 Cartmel Sport Trail Start

12.30 Fun Trails with Zeraffa the Giraffe

13.00 Cartmel Trail Challenge 18k Early & Main Start Combined

14.00 Cartmel Trail Race 18k

15.30 Apr├Ęs Trails live music with singer / songwriter Pete Lashley

16.30 Prize giving & spot prize giving

The event requires over 50 marshals and stewards, so if you want to volunteer to help us in any way we would love to hear from you. Check out our volunteers' page for more details.


Public Transport

Why not relax and take in the stunning scenery along the route, save on the cost of parking and reduce your carbon footprint?

Cark & Cartmel Train Station is just over a 2 mile walk from the Racecourse. You can find the latest timetable HERE

Send us a photo of your public transport ticket for all or part of your journey and we'll award one lucky winner at each event with a FREE ENTRY to a future event. Email your photos HERE

Car Sharing

The environmental impact of travelling by car is much reduced if it's full so why not join up with your friends / running club members to travel together? There's always plenty to do in and around our venue and visiting local businesses helps support them too. Visit our Car Share group on Facebook HERE to start planning!