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!
A shorter distance event for everyone over the age of 16 on a well marked and marshalled course, with graded runnable climbs and descents. There is a time limit of 2 hours. The earlier start allows those of you who think you might need the full time the opportunity to set off before the main field and enjoy the atmosphere and encouragement as runners go past you along the course.
A shorter distance event for everyone over the age of 16 on a well marked and marshalled course, with graded runnable climbs and descents. There is a time limit of 2 hours.
£26 / £20 - U16
The perfect introduction to trail running! A shorter distance event for everyone over the age of 12, on a well marked and marshalled course, with graded runnable climbs and descents. There is a time limit of 1 3/4 hours.
An event for less competitive runners and Nordic walkers or if you want to take it easy and enjoy the views, this is the one for you. There is a time limit of 3 1/2 hours for the Challenge and to enter you must be at least 18 years old.
For the competitive runner, a well marked and marshalled course with fast, graded runnable climbs and descents for those used to off road running. There is a time limit of 2 hours for the Race and to enter you must be at least 18 years old.
The comprehensive Event Guide is available to download HERE. Don't forget your start number and timing chip are collected on race day from registration at Hawkshead Recreation ground, which is a short walk from where event car parking is located. Please note, registration for each race closes 30 minutes before your scheduled start time.
08.45 Car park opens at Cartmel Racecourse
09.00 Registration opens in the main registration marquee, Cartmel Racecourse
11.00 START: 10K Cartmel Trail Run
11.15 START: 5K Cartmel Sport Trail
12.30 START: Cartmel Fun Trails (under 12's - enter on the day)
13.00 START: 18K Cartmel Trail Challenge
14.00 START: 18K Cartmel Trail Race
15.30 Après 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.