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          Date: Sunday 21st August 2022

                                   Entries Now Open

Mountain Trail Running at it's Best
A trail marathon incorporating England's highest peak. Based from Keswick the route follows beautiful lakeshore trails, wooded valleys to spectacular high mountain trails, incorporating some of the most dramatic rock scenery in the Lake District.

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We are pleased to announce that the Salomon Scafell Pike Trail Marathon will be included in the 2022 Golden Trail National Series.

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The UK is among several other countries offering this innovative competition format. The series will host four races across England, Scotland and Wales.

The Golden Trail National Series (a derivative of the Golden Trail World Series), aims to bring the strongest and most ambitious runners of off-road racing into a single national "super circuit". Through its original formula, the Golden Trail National Series gives participants the opportunity to confront themselves at a "local" level with many of the national and international athletes of trail running and skyrunnning, with the 10 strongest to be offered a place at the GTNS UK final for a chance to then be invited to participate in the Grand Finale (Azores Islands) of the European GTNS".

Now also a selection race for the World Mountain and Trail Running Champs...

We are pleased to announce Scafell Pike Trail Marathon will be a selection race for the World Mountain and Trail Running Champs 40km trail race, hosting the GB&NI trial within the race. The Championships are to take place in Thailand, November 2021.

There has never been a better opportunity to compete in this iconic race up England's Highest Peak...

Borrowdale is described as "The most beautiful valley in England" and a trail runners dream. Combine this with a route over Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain & you have a truly spectacular course.

Provisional Date: Sunday 21st August           Distance: 27miles        Ascent/Descent:  1800m/1790m  


Start Time:  8:30am (TBC)     Event Venue: Crow Park, Lake Road, Keswick, CA12 5DJ (GR 263 229).                        

Start Location: The event will start from the track adjacent to the entrance/car park at Lingholm, CA12 5TZ (GR 251 223). This is just outside the village of Portinscale, which is approx. 35min walk/25min jog from event HQ (see map at bottom of page).


Finish Location: Crow Park, Keswick    


Registration: The Registration Venue is Crow Park - Race Numbers will be issued here.

Registrationwill be available between:  Saturday 20th:    1500 - 1700 (TBC) at Crow Park
                                                                Sunday 21st:      0630 - 0745 (TBC) at Crow Park

Entry Fee: £50  (+ 6% online booking fee)  Minimum entry age 18 years old.

Participant Feedback


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


"Thank you so much to all your hard work, smiles and encouragement today. Found it brutal but excellent. Best marathon ever!"  Stephen Wood

"Thank you for a fantastic event - friendly atmosphere, super organisation and a cracking course. Congratulations to all the other runners" Daniel Summer


"Thank you for an amazing day! Now that I am home and on the sofa I can honestly say I enjoyed it" Sarah Holton


"I just wanted to say thank you for the brilliant Scafell Pike marathon last Sunday. The marshals were great and it is a stunning event. I have no complaints about the event and thought the organisation was spot on" Hazel Clark

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What's Included in Your Entry:

  • Professionally run event, Mountain safety team cover during the race, qualified & experienced personnel at various checkpoints

  • Qualified medical support

  • A stunning event venue

  • Online Registration, Electronic Chip Timing

  • Unique finishers medal, customised race number

  •  Route gpx download

  • Well Stocked hydration & feed stations on the course, Refreshments at finish (TBC)

  • UTMB Points

  • Contribution to National Trust (This goes directly to trail maintenance in the area)

Event Terms & Conditions

Entry Requirements: 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 incorporates tough mountain trails and the ability to navigate the route is essential. It is important that you are prepared & equipped for weather conditions for the time of year.

Navigation & Waymarking: The course will be marked from the start to Seathwaite. The mountain section between Seathwaite, Styhead, Scafell Pike, Esk Hause, Styhead, & Seathwaite will be unmarked. Although the route follows the main trails, the ability to navigate will be essential on this section. Returning to Seathwaite, follow the marked course to the finish. Navigational devices (GPS units, watches, smartphone, etc.) are permitted & a route GPX file is available to download. If you are unfamiliar with the area it is recommended that you use such a device to assist with navigation. All that we ask is that you are competent with your navigational skills in the advent of the device failing, ie due to low battery.


Kit Requirements

It is important that you are prepared & equipped for weather conditions for the time of year.


Check Point Information

There will be seven control checkpoints on the route. These CP’s  must be visited in the order specified.  All timing control checkpoints (CP) will be manned.

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Course GPX Download

The course GPX file is available to download:

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Distance: 44k/ 27 miles

Checkpoints:                    Distance


  • Seathwaite                      13k

  • Sty Head                         17k

  • Scafell Pike Summit        21k

  • Esk Hause                       23k

  • Sty Head                         25k

  • Seathwaite                      29k      

  • Watendlath                     36k

Aid Stations:

  • Seathwaite                     13k

  • Watendlath Beck           37k

  • Seathwaite                   29k

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Ascent/Descent: 1800 m/1790 m

The mountain section of the course will not be marked

Course Map: Click on the map to view a detailed & interactive version illustrating the elevation profile

Terrain: Approx. 90% of the route is singletrack trails. Scafell Pike: Steep rocky terrain throughout. The summit plateau of Scafell Pike is a vast boulder field. Initial part of descent is steep & covered with loose rocks.

Route Highlights & Course Overview: From beautiful wooded valleys to spectacular high mountain trails, here are some of the main features incorporated into the route...


Section 1: Start to Seathwaite.. From here the route follows woodland trails alongside the beautiful shores of Derwentwater & continues along to the picturesque village of Grange. Out of Grange, the first climb ofthe day is reached climbing past Castle Crag. The route continues through Seatoller to reach the hamlet of Seathwaite & the first feed station location. The course will be marked to this point.

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Climbing past Castle Crag

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Crossing Stockley Bridge

Section 2 Scafell Pike Climbing to the summit of England's Highest Peak...

From Seathwaite, crossing the old packhorse bridge over Stockley Beck, the route now ventures into the heart of the high fells. A steep pitched climb leads to Styhead Tarn & Styhead Pass (1,601'). The next section involves the ascent of the infamous Corridor Route. This is a testing rocky trail that makes a spectacular rising traverse across some of the most rugged yet spectacular rock scenery in England. With Wasdale far below, it traverses under the dramatic crags of Great End & Broad Crag, crossing a number of deep ravines, climbing up a series of rock slabs & paths, eventually leading up to the summit of Scafell Pike.

At an elevation of 3,209' Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England. From the summit the route descends to Broad Crag col before continuing it's high level traverse past Broad Crag & Ill Crag leading down towards Esk Hause. Located at 2,490' this is the highest pass in the Lake District. Descend from Esk Hause past Sprinkling Tarn to reach Styhead Pass, retracing the route back to Seathwaite.


Section 3: Seathwaite to Keswick...Refuel at the feed station at Seathwaite then cross the valley floor, rejoining the marked route to reach the village of Rosthwaite. A testing final ascent from Rosthwaite leads to the beautiful isolated hamlet of Watendlath. The route follows the trail alongside Watendlath Beck to reach CP 5 & the final feed station. A minor road section descends past Suprise View & Ashness Bridge, then picking up the singletrack trail below Falcon Crag & into Great Wood. The last section follows the lakeshore trails to the finish in Crow Park.

Climbing out of Rosthwaite

Trail along Watendlath Beck


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).

As there is still a potential risk of covid transmission we will not be providing our normal feed station supplies. To minimize food handling at feed stations, drop bags for personal nutrition will be available for participants & transported to the aid station at Seathwaite. Water, coke & juice will be available at both Seathwaite & Watendlath locations.To help minimise waste you will need to bring your own water bottle, bladder, or Eco soft cup (provided at registration).

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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!

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UTMB Qualifying Event: 

ITRA points are no longer required to access UTMB® Mont-Blanc. A new platform is now set up to allow for races to become UTMB® World Series Qualifiers.

Details HERE


Salomon Scafell Pike Trail Marathon Challenge: With a similar format to the Salomon GTNS segments (see below) we've created a Strava Challenge for the Scafell Pike Trail Marathon route. This will be ideal if you'd like to run this superb route & compare your times with others.

Thanks to Salomon athlete & course record holder

Ricky Lightfoot for setting up this challenge. 

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Course Records: Tom Adams 3:32:30 (2021)  Eleanor Davis  4:08:13(2021)

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