England's Highest Trail Marathon
1800m of ascent

 Sunday 7th June, 2015

Entries to open Monday 1st December

2014 results here

For a great selection of pictures visit our Facebook page

"An amazing event I had an absolute ball. It was my first marathon and suspect all future events will struggle to compete! In particular I wanted to say a huge thank you to the marshals who were all so professional they inspired confidence and made me feel safe throughout". Melanie Cage

A very good write up by Ricky Lightfoot on Salomon Trail Tour

A 42k Trail Marathon based from Keswick incorporating Scafell Pike, England's Highest Peak

Ricky lightfoot on his way to winning the inaurgural event (Picture courtesy Sportsunday)

'Mountain Trail Running at it's Best'

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.

"I knew from the outset this is set to be a classic event. The variety of terrain over the whole route is superb, especially combined with the mountain section across Scafell Pike. It's fantastic to see it incorporated into the new European Mountain Marathon Series after the first edition & should certainly establish this event on the international map"  Ricky Lightfoot,  2013  IAU World Trail Running Champion & Event Ambassador.

 Read the 2013 Race Report Here


2013 RESULTS

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

Terrain: You do not have to be super fast or an elite athlete to enter, this will be an awesome challenge if you're looking to push yourself that bit further! However, the event is not suitable for novice trail runners as the terrain on the 42k is tough mountain trails and the ability to navigate the route is essential. A gpx file of the route is also available to entrants. Approx. 90% of the route is singletrack trails.  




To view a course map in pdf format click here

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: Numbers will be issued at registration. This will be both Saturday 14th between 1pm-4pm & Sunday 15th. Registration venue Crow Park. 

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.


ROUTE PROFILERecorded using the Suunto Ambit

A gpx file of the course is also available to entrants, recorded with the Suunto Ambit GPS on our recce day, email imgenr8@live.co.uk for details.

CHECKPOINTS

There will be five timing control checkpoints on the route. These will be located at:

CONTROL                 DESCRIPTION

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.

To view the mountain section in pdf format click here

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 Seathwaite.

Watendlath Beck CP 5: 8hrs30minutes.

The course will be marked from the start to Seathwaite and from Seathwaite to the finish at Keswick. The mountain section will not be marked.

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. 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 (top & bottoms) with taped seams (pertex windproof is not sufficient)
-Map (provided) 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.

Mountain Prize: 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 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.


  
Descending Scafell Pike summit


Event Sponsors

 
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