Mountain Trail Running at it's Best
2020 Date: Sunday 16th August
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.
ENTRY UPDATE: Due to the current Covid 19 situation, we're currently not taking any more entries for this event. At present, we're still planning to go ahead with the event as scheduled. Hopefully the situation will improve by August. If so, we we reopen entries. This is subject to UK Government clearance for public events. We'll post updates here when available.
LATEST NEWS: We are really pleased to announce that the Scafell Pike Trail Marathon will be part of the Salomon GOLDEN TRAIL NATIONAL SERIES UK 2020.
"For the first time, 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".
Collect your 2020 UTMB points with this event. Details below.
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.
Date: Sunday 16th August Distance: 27miles Ascent/Descent: 1800m/1790m
Start Time: 9:30am (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.
Entry Fee: £45 (event tech T-Shirt is an optional extra at £6)
Event Terms & Conditions can be viewed HERE. Minimum entry age 18 years old.
"Thank you so much to all your hard work, smiles and encouragement today. Found it brutal but excellent. Best marathon ever!" Stephen Wood
"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 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
What's Included in Your Entry:
Qualified & experienced personnel at various checkpoints
Professionally run event, safety team cover during the race, qualified medical support
Unique finishers medal, customised race number
- Online Registration, Electronic Chip Timing
High Terrain Events Reusable Eco Soft Cup
Well Stocked hydration & feed stations on the course, Refreshments at finish
UTMB Points: see details below
Contribution to National Trust (This goes directly to trail maintenance in the area)
A Fantastic Venue
Event tech t-shirts are available for an additional £6
We will be providing all participants at the Scafell Trail Marathon this year with one of these reusable Eco Soft Cups as part of their race entry. This is part of our commitment to reducing waste.They are lightweight & foldable making them very easy to carry, so there's no excuse for not having your cup with you!
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.
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.
Climbing past Castle Crag
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
Course Map: Click on the map to view a detailed & interactive version illustrating the elevation profile
Ascent/Descent: 1800 m/1790 m
A GPX File of the route is available to download HERE.
The mountain section of the course will not be marked
There will be five timing control checkpoints on the route. These CP’s must be visited in the order specified. All timing control checkpoints (CP) will be manned.
Time Limits: 9 hrs for the full event. There will also be intermediate cut off times at CP 1 Styhead & CP6 Seathwaite.
Course Markings: 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.
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). Feed stations will be well stocked with our delicious homemade flapjack (vegan), chocolate brownies (gluten free), jellies, bananas, peanuts, mixed fruit & nuts, savoury rolls, crisps, squash, coke, water. To help minimise waste you will need to bring your own water bottle, bladder, or
Eco soft cup (provided at registration).
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!
Course Records: Ricky Lightfoot 3:40:41 (2015) Charmaine Horsfall 4:56:04 (2015)