Lakeland Trails in Staveley

4th May 2024  –  5k, 10k & 18k

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Are you ready for the Sting in the Trail?

Starting and finishing at Staveley Recreation Ground, the 5K Kentmere Sport Trail, 10K Kentmere Trail Run, 18K Kentmere Trail Race and 18K Kentmere Trail Challenge courses follow fully marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, taking in panoramic views of most of the southern Lakeland fells.

The trails climb out from Staveley above the Kentmere valley, before returning along the valley itself past idyllic tarns and through ancient woodland, climbing Reston Scar before the descent back into Staveley village. Underfoot conditions are quite variable and there's a bit of everything! Short sections of tarmac, grassy footpaths, stony bridleways with some stiles to climb over near the end, all add to the unique nature of the event.

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!


NEW Kentmere Trail Half Marathon



Kentmere Trail Run 10k Early Start


Exactly the same as the Trail Run 10k with an extra 15 minutes to complete the course. Ideal for fast walkers!


Kentmere Trail Run 10k


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 and to enter you must be at least 16 years old.


Kentmere Sport Trail 5k


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 and to enter you must be at least 12 years old.


Kentmere Trail Challenge 18k


An event for less competitive runners and fitness walkers. 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. If you expect to finish in less than 1 1/2 hours, please enter the Race.


Kentmere Trail Race 18k


For the competitive runner, a fully 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.


Course Maps & Profiles

Further Information

Race Day

The comprehensive 2023 Event Guide is available HERE and Start Lists are shown below.

Can you fill your car with someone from your local club or car share? We've set up a Facebook group to help arrange that. Join that HERE to save money and emissions.

Send us a photo / screenshot of your public transport ticket to the event, or a photo of your bike in the event ground HERE and we'll randomly choose someone for a FREE entry. Staveley train station is very close with regular trains from Kendal and Windermere (see the timetable links below).

Essential Information

We won't be holding a Safety Briefing as all of the ESSENTIAL information is covered below.

✅ Follow the postcode LA8 9LN to Staveley and then follow our car park signs

✅ All day parking is £4

✅If the ground is soft, use LOW revs and set off in a straight line

❌Only SMALL vans (max. VW Transporter) are permitted on our event parking (anything bigger would get stuck at the entrance and cause problems for everyone else)

❌ NO EXIT before 1pm as both car parks have only one entrance / exit

✅ Race number to be collected on the day AT LEAST 45 minutes before your Start Time

✅Your race number must be attached HORIZONTALLY or the timing chip won’t be read

✅ Set off at your allocated time or you won't show on the Results

✅You can swap your entry to the Race, Challenge, 10k or 5k at least 45 minutes before the earliest Start Time of the two (e.g. if you want to swap from the 1pm Challenge to the 2pm Race, 12:15pm is the deadline).

✅To arrange this, contact us up to the Wednesday before the event or in person at Registration on event day.

❌It is not possible to swap from the Trail Run 10k to the Trail Run 10k Early Start (or vice versa) on the day. You must contact us before the Wednesday of event week if you wish to do this.

✅ Carry your own water or bring your own cup for the water stations on course or by the marquee

✅ If you arrive at a closed gate, please close it behind you – there will be lambs in the fields

✅ If you find the terrain is tricky, be prepared to slow down so that you can negotiate it safely

❌No over ear or in ear headphones (bone conducting ones permitted)

❌Snot rockets or spitting on the course

❌No pushing past other runners

✅ Have a wonderful day

Event Timetable

08.45 Car park opens

09.00 Registration opens in the main registration marquee.

10.45 Staveley Trail Run 10k Early START

11.00 Staveley Trail Run 10k START

11.15 Staveley Sport Trail 5k START

12.30 Staveley Fun Trails (under 12's - enter on the day)

13.00 Staveley Trail Challenge 18k START

(Please note that we have merged the Challenge events and the time limit is 3 1/2 hours)

14.00 Staveley Trail Race 18k START

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.

Start Lists

Provisional Start Lists are available below. Please note that there are separate Start Lists for the Early Starts and entries after 21/4/23 will be added manually once BiodiversiTee entry has closed.

Public Transport

With bus prices are capped at just £2 per journey until 30th June, why not relax and take in the views along the route, save on the cost of parking and reduce your carbon footprint?

Staveley is on the 555 Bus Route from Kendal and the bus stop is only a minute's walk from the Recreation Ground. You can find the latest timetable HERE

The train station is only a 3 minute walk from the Recreation Ground. 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!