Our most frequently asked questions. If your question isn't answered below please contact us.
If you're like us, you may have a cupboard (or two) full of event t-shirts that you've picked up because they're 'free'. The impact of micro-plastics and over-consumption is well-known and we want to reduce the amount of resources we use / waste.
We didn't raise our prices this year to cover the huge increased cost of t-shirts and we don't think it's fair to pass that cost on to those of you who don't want a t-shirt (almost 25% of you chose the BiodiversiTee option last year).
By giving you a significant saving of £10 on your entry fee for not taking the t-shirt option, we hope that you will consider not collecting one at every event you take part in and still feel you're getting a great-value day out on the Lakeland Trails.
Remember, there's more to our events than just running for the t-shirt - amazing views; interactions with our wonderful Lakeland Trails 'family' whilst you're taking part; live music; and your FREE professional photo after the event (as well as all of the boring essentials like advanced life support medics...just in case).
We're still going to have high-quality, professionally designed tees that you'll want to wear (and there won't be any beige ones) if you choose to pay for one.
As we took the decision to separate the t-shirt cost from the entry price some time after the 2024 Ultra entry had opened, it will continue to be included in the price of the entry and it is still possible to choose the BiodiversiTee option.
Whichever choice you made when you entered the event will be carried forward with your entry. If you ordered a t-shirt, you will still receive one; if you chose the BiodiversiTee option, we will still make the contribution to our sustainability fund.
We're in the chicken and egg situation of only being able to decide the t-shirt colour once we know how many we're going to order. We can't decide until the option to add a t-shirt has closed (around 4 weeks before the event). We will continue to have high quality designs and will always guarantee the t-shirt won't be beige!
We've kept the t-shirt price as low as possible since there's the element of surprise in the design.
No! Our course marking teams heads out the day before the event to put out race route signs and flags to guide you along the fixed course (usually on well-defined trails). On race day, our amazing, friendly marshals are out in force along the trails to direct and encourage you.
For the Ultra routes, we supply the gpx files for you to upload to your watch for added re-assurance.
All prize winners recieve a free place in the next year's event as well as a prize voucher.
Trail Race—Open Category
1st, 2nd & 3rd Male & Female
VET 40, 50, 60, 70 Classes
1st Male & Female
1st, 2nd, & 3rd Male & Female
VET 40, 50, 60, 70 & 80 Classes
1st Male & Female
1st Boy and Girl (who also win a cash prize)
If a VET is classified in the Open Category, they will be awarded the Open Category prize only. If an U16 is first in the 5K, they will be classed as the overall winner.
In those cases, VET / U16 prizes will not be awarded to the second-placed people in the categories.
Prizes are handed out in the Prize Giving Ceremony at the end of the event, giving everyone to celebrate in the success of the winners, whether they're the first in the Race, the fastest boy or girl in the 5k, or the first (and usually only) Vet 80. It's also a great opportunity to inspire younger runners.
Winners will automatically receive their entry for the next year's event but prize vouchers will only be handed out at the event - they won't be posted or emailed out.
It's important to keep your contact details (including your address), and those of your emergency contact up-to-date. Please follow these simple steps to check them:
Please note, competitors in the Early Start and Challenge events are not eligible for the Open Category or V40-60 prizes so we can preserve the sense of competition. The fastest V70 will be determined by the time in either the Challenge or Race.
We would highly recommend wearing specific trail shoes for all of our events, as a good grip will help with both the up and downhill. If you are just beginning to take your running off-road a general purpose trail shoe would be ideal.
Making sure the kids aren't left out, our children's Fun Trails usually takes place over lunchtime, when mum or dad has the chance to encourage the little ones around a 0.5k flat trail course alongside or in front of Zeraffa the Giraffe, the long-lost cousin of the much-loved Gerry. These short fun runs for children under 12 are about having fun and taking part in a big arena and all finishers are rewarded with their very own special medal.
We'd love all of our Lakeland Trailers to access race day maps for all of our courses. However, because some of our routes cross private land, which we work hard to secure access to, we are keen for people not to run the course in advance of the event. Where we can provide maps, you'll find these on the 'course' section of each event.
You can find full details of our cancellation and refunds policy here. The deadline for cancellation or transfer is 4 weeks before the event to enable us to finalise our preparations.
Dogs are not allowed on any of courses. Many of our trails are on narrow paths and it wouldn't be fair or safe for the other competitors if they had to negotiate a runner and a dog on a lead at the same time, especially if the dog decided to stop suddenly.
If you usually run in the countryside with a dog, please keep it on a lead to protect livestock and keep farmers happy. Sheep are easily frightened by dogs to such an extent that a pregnant ewe could miscarry and die (it happens more often than you might think). They're not the brightest of animals (we've all been stuck trying to get past them on the Lakeland roads!) so they don't know that a dog won't harm them.
Dogs are allowed at most of our venues as long as they are kept in their lead and, which goes without saying, any poop is scooped.
Finish any one of our senior races and as well as enjoying amazing trail running in an awesome part of the world, you'll receive:
Your entry fee also includes VAT, contributes to the ongoing administration costs associated with putting on the events such as staff wages, purchasing, storing & maintaining equipment, transporting equipment to events, online entry administration fee, card transaction fees and insurance.
We don't keep waiting lists for events because we usually fill any places created by cancellations with entries for our marshals and volunteers to thank them for their support. If any extra places were to be released, we would announce it on our Facebook page and our website.
Quite often we use fields for our car parking sites. Sometimes, the weather gets the better of us and the ground becomes a bit soft. The best way to drive on ground like this is very gently with your wheels facing straight. Slow and steady is the best way to go because if you start to rev the engine, it will just cause the wheels to spin and create a trench which you may struggle to extricate yourself from without assistance. If you've got a diesel, you should be able to start moving in second gear with your right foot off the gas; with a petrol engine, use as little gas as possible to start moving. Once you're moving, don't be tempted to increase your speed if the grounds flat and steer gently to avoid any obvious dips or extra-muddy sections.
20th February 2024
Route now published and it's a stunner! Read more
31st October 2023
We were lucky to have co-founder of The Green Runners and top inov-8 ambassador Damian Hall take part in our... Read more
23rd October 2023
T-shirts available as optional extra in 2024 Read more