Lakeland Trails Ultra

12th July 2025  –  100k, 55k, 23k & 14k

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Are you ready for your ultimate (but totally achievable) challenge? Then why not see just what you can do on one of our stunning ultra marathon courses?

The Lakeland Trails 100k Ultra is our ultimate trail with its iconic midnight start, taking the challenge to a new, but achievable level for a truly memorable journey encompassing the finest trails the Lake District has to offer.

The 55k Ultra is a testing ultra marathon course through some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the Lake District. The tough, challenging course will certainly live up to its billing as the most picturesque ultra marathon in the UK.

As well as those whose goal is to complete their first Ultra, expect things to be competitive at the front. The 2021 100k also doubled up as the British Athletics Championships with runners George Foster and Team inov-8's Merryl Cooper setting a high bar for future runners with course records of 9h30m11s and 11h32m19s respectively.

One of the great things about the Lakeland Trails Ultra is those at both ends of the field can expect a warm reception from the friendliest marshals you'll find!

The 55k route includes 3 mountain passes, with 7,000 ft ascent along with 5 well-stocked feed stations.

The 100k route adds in an extra 2 passes, 3500 ft more climbing and 3 feedstations.

The 23k and 14k routes share some of the final sections of our Ultra courses with spectacular views guaranteed.

The courses are all fully waymarked and marshalled with gpx files available.

The 100k Ultra is worth 4 ITRA points (courses validated for 2022) and the 55k Ultra is worth 3 ITRA points . (Please note - to qualify for points in the 55k you must run in the 'Race' and not the 'Challenge')

The start and finish arena will be quite a party, with entertainment, food stalls, trade and retail stands and PA commentary.

Your entry fee includes:

Superbly designed event finisher's t-shirt (and medal for the Ultra finishers)

Professional photo memento taken out on the course by professional sports photographers James Kirby and Paul Mitchell

Real-time GPS tracking for Ultra 100k. Electronic chip timing with live results for other events.

Fully waymarked and marshalled route

GPX files of the route to download for the Ultra distances

8 feed stations (100k) 5 feed stations (55k), 2 feed stations (23k)

Online entry administration fee

Great atmosphere with MC and commentators, along with entertainment at the start/finish venue

Professional Advanced Life Support Medical Cover from Event Safety Group

Professional Radio Communications

Public Liability and Events Insurance

VAT

Entry

Ultra 100k

00:01

£127.50

Earlybird

The Ultra 100k is an epic, fully waymarked and marshalled journey around the Lake District. We invest heavily in all aspects of the event, in particular safety on the course, with advanced life support medics, radio communications and marshals. We also provide an iconic start & finish venue at Ambleside, with entertainments, to give you not just a great, well organised ultra marathon course through dramatic Lake District mountain scenery, but also a great day out for you, your friends and family. There is a 23 hour time limit for this event and entrants must be 18 or over. GPS Tracking is included in the entry fee. You will have the option to purchase an event-specific t-shirt for £12.50 when you enter.

Ultra 55k

Challenge: 09:00 and Race: 10:00

£68

Earlybird

A testing, but achievable, fully waymarked and marshalled Ultra marathon course through some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the Lake District. The route certainly lives up to the billing as one of the most picturesque ultra marathons in the UK. Entrants must be 18 years old or over and there is a 13 hour cut off for the Challenge / 12 hour cut off for the Race. Please note that prizes for the Ultra 55k are only available to those in the 10am 'Race' start. You will have the option to purchase an event-specific t-shirt for £12.50 when you enter. Race timing is included, with a 1/2 way split time but you will also have the option to hire a GPS tracker for dot-watching friends and family.

Lakeland Trails in Ambleside 23k

11:00am

£30 / U25 £20

Earlybird

Starting and finishing from the same location as our Ultra marathon runners the 23K route takes in a scenic climb out of Ambleside with stunning views along Windermere before splitting from the 14K at Rydal Water, where it heads along the old Coffin Trail to Grasmere, joining the ultra routes for the spectacular views in the Langdale valley. There is a 5 hour time limit for this event and events must be 18 or over. You will have the option to add a t-shirt to your entry for just £12.50. Checkout the News article and Ts and Cs for more information.

Lakeland Trails in Ambleside 14k

13.00

£25 / U25 £15

Earlybird

Starting and finishing from the same location as our Ultra marathon runners the route takes in a scenic climb out of Ambleside with stunning views along Windermere before splitting from the 23k course at Rydal Water and finishing over Loughrigg with stunning views of the Langdales. There is a 3 hour time limit for this event and entrants must be 17 or over. You will have the option to add an event-specific t-shirt to your entry for just £12.50 when you enter. Checkout the News article and Ts and Cs for more information.

Course Maps & Profiles

Further Information

Race Day - Saturday 12th July 2025

NB the Ultra starts at 00:01 ie Friday night!
 

ALL OF THE INFORMATION BELOW RELATES TO THE 2024 EVENT AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All of the pre-race information is now shown below rather than in an Event Guide to make it more accessible. So you can focus on your run on the day, please take time to read ALL of this information.
 

The event requires over 100 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.

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.

Essential Information

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

❌ There is NO parking at Rothay Park (our event village)

✅ For pedestrian access, use the postcode LA22 9DH

✅ Follow THIS LINK to Saturday's event parking and then follow our car park signs

✅ All day parking is £5 for cars, £6 for vans
 

✅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 could get stuck at the entrance and cause problems for everyone else)

❌ NO EXIT before 1pm as the car park is down a narrow lane

✅ Race number to be collected on the day AT LEAST 1 hour before your Start Time (within registration opening hours)
 

✅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 a shorter distance at least 1 hour before the earliest Start Time of the two (e.g. if you wanted to swap to a 1pm Challenge to the 2pm Race, 12pm is the deadline).

✅To arrange this you can either: edit your entry online before Thursday 4th July or see us in person at Registration
 

✅ 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 may be sheep 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 or members of the public

✅ Be considerate to other trail and road users - our events rely on the goodwill of others

✅ Have a wonderful day

Please note, registration for each race closes 1 hour before your scheduled start time.
 

Provisional Event Timetable
Registration, Kit Check, ID and Participation Statement
Compulsory Kit Requirements for Ultra 100k and 55k
Feedstations and Cut Offs
Retirements
Timing and Tracking
Sustainable Travel
Camping
Parking
Course Maps
Course Information
Start and Finish
Event Village
Exclusive Merchandise
Event T-shirts
New to Lakeland Trails?
Children's Fun Trails
Spectators
Après Trails Music and Prize Giving
Event Photos
Results and Prizes
ITRA / UTMB