Lakeland Trails Marathon

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26/11/2010 at 19:17
looking forward to this one.coming up from south wales. does anyone know if its hard trails or will it get muddy if its been raining? what is the elevation of the course?
27/11/2010 at 21:48

Have you even looked at the website RL?  There is even a slide show of the course....... mind you the slide show was made when it was sunny.  If it rains (and it does here in cumbria even in July ) then yes, parts will be muddy. 

LT Marathon slideshow

I'm looking forward to this one too.

06/12/2010 at 17:17
ive just entered, the course looks great im taking me trail shoes and me road shoes, play it buy ear looking forward to this one should be good.
10/01/2011 at 13:41
thinking about entering this one, does anyone have a link to a map of the course or the elevation?? It is a hilly one? thanks!
10/01/2011 at 14:03
It a brand new event Amy - all the available information, including the slide show that Tigerlily referred to last year, is on the website starting here
12/01/2011 at 23:09
There are two events - a 'Race' and 'Challenge'. Anyone have an opinion on which would be best for me as a runner with a target time of 4.30 ish?

13/01/2011 at 09:13

I think it says the trail is for experienced runners and the time limit is 6 hours, and the challenge is for less experienced runner and walkers (this starts at 7am) and there is an 8 hour limit.

 I can't really offer advice on which you should do but maybe that will help you decide

13/01/2011 at 10:32
hello bbq, go for the trail, im aiming for4-4half hours.
13/01/2011 at 11:19

BBQ - If you're confident in your ability to complete within the 6 hour cutoff, then there's no reason why you shouldn't be in the Race.  You'll be further back in the field than you would in the Challenge but somebody finishing in 4:30 is neither going to be winning nor coming last in either.

Both events are over the same route, cost the same and 'qualify' you for the same finishers' rewards including entry into the same spot prize draw. The only difference is that those in the race get to start two hours later - time for a lie in or leisurely breakfast or both.

Don't know if that helps?

08/02/2011 at 16:29

The slide show doesnt give you a clear picture of the elevation. I looked at the slideshow of the Hawkshead race last year and thought it was relatively easy but it was a tough terrain and had long climbs in places. 

Does anyone know what the elevation is like for the marathon? Is there a graph online?

09/02/2011 at 08:51

Having looked at the slide show and plotted the approx route on the map the hills don't look too bad. Also the organisers have kindly placed all the hills in the first two thirds of the course. If like me you normally start to struggle at around 18 miles this should be a godsend. Looking forward to it.

09/02/2011 at 13:13

I recommend  the  trail running marathon trail running is great, I have run on so many lakeland trails over the last  25 years,  David @  

Edited: 09/02/2011 at 13:14
09/02/2011 at 20:50

I too am looking forward to this marathon ,be nice to just take part enjoy the scenery and not worry about a specific time. Gonna treat this as a long training run before my main event (Chester marathon).

Does anyone know of any campsites in the area?

On the website  it states that the campsite at John Ruskin school opens at 16:30 on the friday.Is this open for competitors ?I have tried to ring the organisers but cant get hold of anyone.


09/02/2011 at 20:55
Give the school a ring tommorow they will have Details
15/02/2011 at 11:15
im staying at the caravan club site park coppice which is about 1 mile away from start. I think it takes non members. Give them a ring.
15/02/2011 at 11:47

Camping at the school will be for competitors only - its not normally a campsite so I'd expect 'facilities' to be limited.  There will be no point calling the school as they won't know anything about it.

Nearest permanent/public campsite is at Coniston Hall - about a mile away.  The race route goes through the middle of it.  Contact details, along with a couple of other possibilities, including Park Coppice, are here

18/02/2011 at 17:21

Thanks for info ,you are right about the school as i tried them and they know nothing.Will try Park Coppice as i am bringing family too.Probably would prefer a nice hotel but think cost would a bit too much as wife already thinks it madness to pay nearly 40 quid  just to run around a lake.

18/02/2011 at 18:00
Try the Crown in coniston they might have a room or the Yewdale Hotel,  David @ Runwise in lakeland
23/03/2011 at 09:49
Just signed up for this one looking forward to it, will be my 1st trail marathon
bburn plO.dder    pirate
24/03/2011 at 16:24

It will be my first trail marathon too .

I'm sort of looking forward to it, and dreading it in equal measure

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