England's Highest Trail Marathon
New Date: Sunday 15th June, 2014
Entries now open
A 42k Trail Marathon based from Keswick incorporating Scafell Pike, England's Highest Peak
'Mountain Trail Running at it's Best'
1800m of ascent
We are pleased to announce that the Scafell Pike Trail Marathon will form part of the international trail marathon series known as the European Mountain Marathons (EMM Series). For 2014 there will be 9 events from 4 different countries including Russia, Portugal and Spain, ranging from the Ice Marathon in Siberia to the lava fields of the Canary Islands & the Picos de Europa in Northern Spain. The Scafell Pike Trail Marathon will fit perfectly with this... Click here for further details.
Borrowdale is described as "The most
beautiful valley in England" and a trail runners dream. Combine this
with a route over Scafell Pike and you have a truly spectacular course. After the success of the inaugural event this is set to become a classic.
Climbing the Corridor Route to Scafell Pike
Check out the HTE Recce of the route for some inspiring pictures.
For a selection of pictures on the mountain section click here
Venue: Part of the Borrowdale Trail Races. Crow Park, Lake Road, Keswick, CA12 5DJ.
Start Time: 0900 (TBC)
Registration: Crow Park. Numbers will be issued at registration on the day.
42k Route: The event will start from Nichol End Marine just outside the village of Portinscale, which is approx. 25min walk/15min jog from event HQ. This will be an 'extension' of the 21k Borrowdale route.
A gpx file of the course is also available to entrants, recorded with the Suunto Ambit GPS on our recce day, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
There will be five timing control checkpoints on the route. These will be located at:
1. Styhead Pass: Mountain Rescue Post/Stretcher Box (GR 219 095)
2. Scafell Pike: Summit cairn (GR 215 072)
3. Esk Hause: Shelter (GR 235 082)
4. Styhead Pass: Mountain Rescue Post/Stretcher Box (GR 219 095)
5. Watendlath Beck: Hydration/feed station over footbridge (GR 269 181)
These CP’s are indicated on the event maps & must be visited in the order specified. We will be using SportIdent electronic timing for this procedure. You must ‘dip’ AT EACH OF THE SPECIFIED LOCATIONS and at the finish.
All timing control checkpoints (CP) will be manned with the exception of Esk Hause.
Time Limits: 9 hrs (3.3mph av.speed) for the full event.
There wil also be an intermediate cut-off time at Sty Head (17k/10.5miles). The cut off time to Styhead is 3hrs30minutes.
Any participant not reaching this point in the allocated time will not
be permitted to continue to Scafell and have to return back to
Watendlath Beck CP 5: 8hrs30minutes.
course will be marked from the start to Seatoller. From here it will be
partially marked until the road crossing at GR 251 137 between
Thorneythwaite Farm & Longthwaite. For 2014 the mountain section will be partially flagged at certain sections, ie between Styhead onto the Corridor Route.
Hydration/Feed Stations: These will be located at Seathwaite (GR 235 121) both out & return (13k/29k) and Watendlath Beck(37k) (GR 269 181) (see map). They will be stocked with caramel shortbread, flapjacks, jellies, bananas, 9Bar, cheese rolls, peanuts, water, squash & coke. There will also be tea, coffee & hot chocolate at Seathwaite feed station.
Course: From the marina the first section leads through woodland trails alongside Lingholm to Hawse End Bay on the shores of Derwentwater.
Early stages...Looking across Derwentwater to Skiddaw from Brandelhow Bay
The route then follows the lakeshore trail through mixed woodland to the picturesque village of Grange and follows the bridleway past Castle Crag. This is where the 42k route deviates from the 21k.
Trail past Castle Crag leading towards Seatoller
Following the climb past Castle Crag the 42k route continues to Seatoller, and will be marked to this point. Turn right just after Seatoller to Seathwaite, Styhead, Corridor Route up to Scafell Pike, Esk Hause, Sty Head, Seathwaite, Rosthwaite. The course on this section will be partially marked. Although the route follows the main trails, the ability to navigate will be essential.
Looking back to Styhead Tarn
At Rosthwaite the route rejoins the 21k marked course and follows this to the finish in Keswick via Watendlath, Ashness Bridge and Great Wood.
The hamlet of Watendlath
For 42k entry requirements click here
All participants will need to be suitably experienced and equipped, self reliant and have good navigational skills.
Mandatory Equipment List:
All items on the following list must be carried by the participant for the duration of
the event as a minimum requirement.:
-Full WATERPROOF body cover with taped seams (windproof is not sufficient)
-Map and compass suitable for navigating the course.
-Emergency foil blanket or bivi bag, whistle
-Emergency food -Mobile phone fully charged
-First aid kit to include: blister plasters/1 large sterile wound dressing/bandage or tape
to secure dressing -0.5L fluid.
New Course challenge, 1st runner up to Scafell Pike - As the summit of Scafell Pike is at the 21k half marathon distance, we are offering a prize to the first male & female runner to the summit. This will add a unique and exciting new aspect to the challenge. For those of you who are stonger at climbing than descending this is the perfect opportunity to show off your skill and offers you a chance of a prize and the title of 'King/Queen of the mountain.' Just remember there's still a long way to go!
Entry Fee: £35
Entries: Minimum entry age 18 years old.
Included: Professionally run event, qualified & experienced personel at various checkpoints, qualified medical support, online registration, electronic timing, commemorative race t-shirt, refreshments on the course & at finish, event photography, partially marked course.
Recce days & ultra training weekend: In preparation for the event we'll be organising a number of recce days which will cover each section of the route. In addition there will also be an ultra training weekend specifically tailored for the event. This will be covering equipment, navigation, nutrition, training plans, night running and some superb runs onto the fells. For more information click here.
"I love the idea of a marathon trail race going over Scafell! Looks like this will be a classic race and is definitely on my calendar" Ricky Lightfoot (Salomon International Mountain Runner).
Styhead Tarn and Pass
Part of the Salomon Trail Tour Series
We are pleased to announce Suunto as a sponsor exclusive to this event. The Suunto Ambit is the perfect watch for outdoor enthusiasts and the first of its kind to offer such advanced features, ideal for your training preparation.
We are grateful for the support of 9bar once again, they will be giving out their great tasting, nutritious mixed seed energy bars at the event. You will find they are perfect for providing slow release energy to keep you going in long endurance races.
For information on the European Mountain Marathon Series.
For accommodation and other local information visit: www.keswick.org