Skyrunning UK announce 2016 Calendar


Skyrunning in the UK elevated to new heights in 2015 and we now have the pleasure of informing you of the 2016 Skyrunning UK Series.

We announced a new system for 2016 where points are awarded per race, a minimum of £500 prize money per race and of course the ‘2016 Series’ will have a male and female champion – read more HERE

The calendar still has a few surprises to come, so please keep an eye on this page and the Skyrunning UK Facebook and Twitter accounts.

2016 Calendar


V3K Ultra Skyrunning – June 18th

Distance/ascent: 55km, 4,000m

Main mountains and terrain type: The 15 highest mountains in Wales, Snowdon massive (including Crib Goch), Glyderau (inluding Tryfan) and Carneddau expect gnarly ground, a knife edged arete, grade 1 scrambles, boulder fields, scree and some great gentle grassy slopes to finish

The V3K crosses the best of Wales – gnarly edges, rocky inclines and grassy slopes. food. You’ll need to be mountain savvy with a good head for heights, confident scrambling technical terrain and be prepared for the greatest mountain day of your life.

Race website HERE


Lakes Sky Ultra – July tbc

Distance/ascent: 54km/4300m

Main mountains and terrain type: Fairfield/Helvellyn (Swirral, CastyCam & Striding Edge)/Pinnacle Ridge/High Street & Red Screes, the terrain is a mixture of single track trails, technical rocky ground and open fell. Its a race of 2 halves, with very technical running & graded rock scrambling in the 1st half, then faster and easier running on good trail for the second half if you legs can still take it. The course ascends and descends some of the best and most classic ridge lines the Lakes has to offer, taking in 3 of the most iconic scrambles in the Lakes.

Fast & furious. Be lulled into the race by ascending Fairfield via Dove Crag, then punished by Helvellyn’s Edges and the ascent to Pinnacle Ridge. Luckily there’s Patterdale CP & the second half to recover.

Note – New additions for 2016 anticipated asap

Race website HERE



Peak SkyRace – August 6th (tbc)

Distance/ascent: Approximately 47kilometres (29miles) with 2000metres (6560ft) of ascent.

The route is based on a local fell running challenge called the 5 Trigs. The race principally follows public footpaths passing close to or over the tops of Axe Edge, Roaches, Shuttlingsloe, Shinning Tor and Burbedge Edge. Competitors will cross fields, moorland, limestone and millstone grit peaks/escarpments.

Peak Skyrace is an ideal introduction to Skyrunning in the UK. The Peak District cannot compete with the altitude and ruggedness of the Lake District, Snowdonnia and the Scottish Highlands. However do not think that this course will be easy, pacing is crucial. Go out too fast and you will pay the price in the later stages where most of the ascent and technical descent is found.

Race website HERE



Glen Coe Skyline – September 16th, 17th and 18th

Distance/ascent: 53km / 4200m ascent

Main mountains and terrain type: Buachaille Etive Mor, Bidean nam Bian, Aonach Eagach Ridge: extremly remote and serious Scottish mountains.

A route that dances along the jagged and lofty mountainous horizons above Scotland’s most famous Glen and Pass, with long and serious sections of grade III scrambling. Skills needed: scrambling, endurance, running

Note – New additions for 2016

There will be a VK Friday evening 16th September and a 25km ‘Ring of Steall‘ SkyRace race on the Saturday 17th (same high mountainous terrain at Glen Coe Skyline but without the technical scrambling sections).

Race website HERE



3×3000 80k Ultra – September 24th

Distance/ascent:  80km / 4,101m+

Main mountains and terrain type: 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.

Helvellyn – Long ascent then rolling mountain trails along the beautiful Helvellyn ridge line

Skiddaw – A long & steep climb on grassy terrain, summit scree/slate, fast descent on gravel/stone trails.

A unique ultra running event linking the Lake District’s highest mountains-Scafell Pike, Helvellyn & Skiddaw. Designed by 2013 World Trail Running Champion Ricky Lightfoot, the route offers a journey through the full spectrum of classic Lake District fell terrain.

Race website HERE

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Garmin Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race – October 22nd

Distance/ascent:  35k with 3,370 metres of ascent and descent.

Main mountains and terrain type:  The course covers the highest peaks in the Mourne Mountains, including Slieve Donard (850m), starting at sea-level on Newcastle Promenade and winding it’s way uphill onto forest and mountain trails, all surrounded by the most stunning scenery.

The seaside start, alongside the relentlessly tough (yet spectacular) course has proved popular with athletes.  You will need mountain-trail experience, endurance and courage for the race, which is technical in places.  Some speed will also help on the flat and fast sections, and the final 5k descent!

Race  website HERE entries open on St Patricks Day 2016

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Skyrunning UK Series 2016 – Breaking News

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It was the Skyrunning UK AGM in the English Lakes on the weekend of the 14th and 15th November. As you can imagine, it was a busy weekend with a great many plans discussed for 2016.

We will announce the 2016 calendar as soon as possible. Please keep an eye on this website and the Skyrunning UK Facebook page. To clarify, we are currently waiting for land permission rights to be granted so that dates can be confirmed.

To keep you all excited and on your toes, Skyrunning UK are pleased to announce several key changes that will be implemented in 2016.

Prize Money

All Skyrunning UK races in 2016 will have a minimum prize purse of £500 awarded as £125, £75 and £50 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female.

UK Series

The Skyrunning UK Series will be implemented in 2016 and at the end of the year a male and female champion will be crowned. Points are awarded as outlined HERE. To qualify for the series, runners must participate and finish in a minimum of 4-races. Points are accumulated and the male and the female with the most points are the Skyrunning UK 2016 Series Campions. It is possible to run all Skyrunning UK races and use your best 4 performances for the ranking.

UK Series Prizes

In addition to prize money awarded at each race, the male and female 2016 Skyrunning UK Champions will receive:

  • Free entry into all Skyrunning UK races in the following year.
  • Guaranteed entry into a 2017 Skyrunner World Series event with 2-nights accommodation.
  • Prizes from Skyrunning UK sponsor, Raidlight

Needless to say, Skyrunning UK is booming! More news and information will follow on the 2016 series and we welcome and value your support and input.

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Seamless Neckwear 2016 – Important Notice


Dear all,

It would appear all orders and emails in regard to seamless neckwear have been going somewhere in the ether for months!

We have only been made aware of this today.

We are in the process of having a new 2016 design. Please note – all limited edition and blue neckwear products have sold out.

So if you are interested in a new 2016 version, please use the contact form below.

Cost £12.00 + P&P

We have a new email address and you are guaranteed a response.

Apologies. Ian


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Garmin Mourne Skyline MTR 2015 Race Summary


Iain Bailey and Diane Wilson were the 2015 champions for the 2nd edition of the Mourne Skyline MTR, the 6th and final race in the Skyrunning UK calendar.

Considered by many to be Northern Ireland’s toughest and most challenging race, the Mourne Skyline MTR covers 35km’s with a whopping elevation gain of 3370m. Starting and finishing in the seaside resort of Newcastle, the race is now considered to be a highlight not only of the Skyrunning UK calendar but also the racing calendar in Northern Ireland.

The first edition of the race was made especially difficult with gale force winds that at time lifted runners off their feet and ‘helped’ them along the course. It looked like a repeat day was in store for the 150-runners who would tackle the 2015 edition when overnight wind and rain battered the coastline.

At 0800 leaving the promenade of Newcastle, the cold temperatures, strong winds and light rain certainly added to the trepidation of a tough day in the mountains. From the off, Dan Doherty dictated the men’s race but he was closely followed by the day’s main protagonists of Eoin Lennon, Ian Bailey, Jayson Cavill and Ally Beaven. For the ladies, Shileen O’Kane pushed the early pace ahead of Lizzie Wraith and Diane Wilson.

At the col between Slieve Donard and Slieve Commedagh, with 6.6km covered, the action started to unfold as the runners headed out on the more demanding sections of the course. Climbing the rocky and technical Slieve Meelmore, the real race started to take place but at all times the main protagonists jockeyed for position.

Iain Bailey and Diane Wilson took the respective race leads for the men and the women and this coincided with the skies clearing and the arrival of the sun. Finally, it was possible to see out across the stunning Mourne Mountains and take in the beauty this area has to offer. The sea glistened in the distance and the yellow and amber colours of the terrain provided a stunning backdrop to hard, tough and technical racing.

Overnight rain had made the course exceptionally difficult under foot and many runners commented post race how challenging it was to remain upright while descending.

Slieve Bearnagh offered one of the toughest climbs of the day and then a drop down to Hare’s Gap where the ever-present Mourne Wall then guides the runners to Slievenaglogh, Slieve Commedagh and then final push of the day up and over Slieve Donard (2788ft) before dropping all the way down from the summit to the finish line in Newcastle.

Pre race favourite Dan Doherty went to through a bad patch in these sections as he chased Iain Bailey who had a convincing lead of well over 5-minutes, “I am lacking energy and feeling tired,” Doherty shouted as he ran past hotly pursued by Ally Bevan, Eoin Lennon and Jayson Cavill. One would have thought that Doherty would not hold on to 2ndbut he found the energy from somewhere!

Bevan, Lennon and Cavill contested the final podium place and it was a close battle before Lennon found that extra few percent to open up a gap. Bevan looked secure for 4th but a charging Cavill looked like he may well have upset that as he raced for the line. Bevan held off for 4th by just 7-seconds.

Pre race favourite Diane Wilson never looked back after taking over the front of the race and ran a well paced and controlled run to take victory, behind Helen Brown held off early leader Shileen O’Kane for 2nd and GB athlete Lizzie Wraith finished 4th ahead of Jaqueline Toal. “I had completely wrong shoes today,” said Wraith post race, “the descents were so slippery that I just couldn’t push the pace. I am happy though!”

Although the start of the day was a tough one many commented that the conditions after a couple of hours of running were considerably kinder than the 2014 edition when the gale force winds battered the runners, this was reflected in a new course record by Iain Bailey of 3:51:22.

A notable mention must also go to Garmin who for the first year sponsored the Mourne Skyline MTR and the input of the GPS watch brand was instrumental and securing a 30-minute program on the race for channel 4 TV. Needless to say this will be a great boost for the race, running in Northern Ireland and Skyrunning UK.

The program will be televised in November and we currently have a possible date of 8th.

Mourne Skyline MTR concluded the 2015 Skyrunning UK calendar. Just 2-years old, this series of races is now firmly becoming one of the most exciting race circuits. 2016 will see the series grow with points awarded for each race, prize money at every race and some special prizes on offer for the 2016 SKY and ULTRA champions, make sure you keep an eye on



  1. Iain Bailey 3:51:22 new CR
  2. Dan Doherty 4:04:07
  3. Eoin Lennon 4:07:45
  4. Ally Beaven 4:10:21
  5. Jayson Cavill 4:10:28
  1. Diane Wilson 4:33:26
  2. Helen Brown 4:42:12
  3. Shileen O’Kane 4:50:19
  4. Lizzie Wraith 5:04:12
  5. Jacqueline Toal 5:25:03


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UIAA and ISF partnership


The UIAA announced its partnership with the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF) which signals the arrival of the ISF as the first sport federation to become a unit member of the UIAA.

The ISF – based in Biella, Italy – was founded in 1995 to promote, govern and administer the sport of skyrunning and similar multisport activities. Skyrunning is defined as mountain running above an altitude of 2,000m where the climbing difficulty does not exceed grade II and where the incline is over 30%. The ISF undertakes its responsibilities for the sport of skyrunning with respect for the environment, promotes private and public sport events, develops training schools and fosters the medical and physical welfare of competitors. An integral part of its international calendar is the Skyrunner® World Series & Continental Championships, held across five continents.

The ISF will continue to administer the sport of skyrunning, competitions and events as an independent international federation with its own legal entity. Together, the UIAA and the ISF will jointly promote the integration of mountain sport associations under one roof.

In becoming a unit member association of the UIAA, the ISF will acknowledge the values of the UIAA and will work with the UIAA to promote the growth and protection of mountaineering and climbing worldwide.

Both organizations will work with the goal to improve their respective positions in the international sporting environment, in order to become stronger and achieve greater opportunities through the union of common interests. The partnership will officially commence on 1 January 2016.

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Garmin Mourne Skyline MTR 2015 Preview


Ryan Maxwell, race director for the Garmin Mourne Skyline MTR provides an insight into the racing that will take place in the Mourne Mountains of Northern Ireland this weekend.

The Skyrunning UK series comes to a great conclusion for 2015 with its 6th race.

The eyes of the Skyrunning world will be on Northern Ireland, and in particular, the stunning Mourne Mountains, as the 2nd annual Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race once again attracts a plethora of talent from across the globe.  The event will be filmed by Channel 4 and broadcast in November 2015.

This year, world renowned producers of innovative GPS products for the recreation and wellness markets, Garmin, have come on board to support the event, which is now named, the Garmin Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race.

Closing the 2015 Skyrunning UK season, action will kick off at 7.30pm on Friday 23rd October 2015.  Close to 100 competitors will take on the unique ‘Granite Trail Race’ (‘GTR’), a 2 mile uphill only event, starting on Newcastle Promenade (County Down) and finishing approximately 1,000ft above sea-level at Millstone Quarry.

The impressive field will be headed by Northern Ireland international Seamus Lynch (Newcastle AC) and winner of the Mont Blanc 10k, Paul Navesey (Centurion Ultra Running Team).  The ladies race will include highly respected European Cross Country (team) and World Mountain Running Championship (team) medallist Sarah McCormack (Ambleside AC and Ireland) who just last month secured a top ten place at the World Mountain Running Championships in Wales, finishing just ahead of former World Champion Kasie Enman (USA).  Sarah will be joined on the ‘GTR’ start line by the in-form NI & Ulster Half Marathon medallist Laura Graham (Mourne Runners).

On Saturday 24th October 2015, the Garmin Mourne Skyline MTR will see 200 hardy competitors from fourteen countries cover a gruelling but incredibly scenic and rewarding 35k course, which incorporates 3,370m of ascent.  Northern Ireland’s highest mountain, Slieve Donard, which stands at 850m above sea-level, will be the final peak, before the athletes descend quickly into the Donard Park finish area.

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Although last year’s worthy Champions and course record holders, Kim Collison (England) and Stevie Kremer (Team Salomon), are unable to return to defend their titles, this year’s race will undoubtedly provide the same exciting spectacle.  There are at least thirty athletes who have represented their country at international level due to start, meaning that both the male and female fields provide incredible strength in depth.

There really is all to play for ahead of this event, and here are some of the athletes who will be gunning for the honour of being crowned Garmin Mourne Skyline MTR Champion.

Garmin Mourne Skyline MTR winners medals

The Men:

Dan Doherty (Scott Trail Team), Paul Tierney (Ambleside AC), Jayson Cavill (Ultra Runner Store Trail Team), Eoin Lennon (Carnethy HRC), Ally Beaven (Unattached), Iain Bailey (Newcastle AC), David Steele (Newcastle AC) and Sam Herron (Mourne Runners) look to be the strongest candidates for the podium places in a field littered with talent from across the globe.

Irish international Dan Doherty has increased his profile considerably since stepping onto the international stage in 2011.  His 17th place finish at this year’s IAU Ultra-Trail World Championships in France cemented Dan as one of the UK and Ireland’s most respected ultra-distance athletes.  The 2013 Anglo-Irish Plate winner also impressed at the gruelling Tor Des Geants, where he worked his way through the field to move into 2nd place before a knee injury cruelly ended his race with approximately 100k to go – 12 months earlier, Dan had claimed the runners up spot at the 330k event, which includes an incredible 24,000 metres of ascent.



Dan’s Irish International teammate, Paul Tierney will also go into the event with confidence high after victory in the Lakeland 100 in the UK, a top placing at the Skyrunning UK Lakes Sky Ultra and representing Ireland at the IAU Ultra-Trail World Championships.

Scotland based Northern Ireland man Eoin Lennon has been in the form of his life since claiming the runners up spot at the Mourne Skyline MTR in 2014 – Eoin recorded 3:59:42 to finish behind Kim Collision and has went on to impress at several notable events, this includes a 4th place finish at the prestigious HOKA Highland Fling and a win at the recent Glencoe Marathon, both in Scotland.  Eoin has also shown his speedy edge with a 16:16 5k over the Summer.

Newcastle AC men Iain Bailey and David Steele, and Mourne Runners’ Sam Herron will know this course better than most.  All three will be in the mix for a high placing, but it’s Iain’s strength on the climbs that will ensure that he plays a prominent part in in the race for a podium place – he finished in 5th place at the British Championship event in the Mourne’s in August.


If podium places were calculated for all of the Skyrunning UK events since the Series’ inception in 2014, Jayson Cavill would no doubt be one of the highest ranking athletes.  He (Jayson) is never off the podium and as per usual, deservedly claimed his spot there at the Salomon Glencoe Skyline event in August (2015), where he took 3rd place in the men’s race.  Jason also won the Lakeland 50 in the UK. Steve Franklin (Totley AC), a 14th place finisher at the aforementioned Glencoe Skyline and top fifty finisher at the Mont Blanc Marathon, will finish well up the pack.  The same can be said for 2014 4th place finisher Ally Beaven; despite focusing more on his training, rather that racing recently, Ally should be there or there abouts.

Profeet UK athlete Victor Mound will also run well, as will Richard Ashton (Orion Harriers), Bjorn Verduijn (Shettleston Harriers), Barry Hartnett (Dundrum AC), Gary Bailey (Mourne Runners), Shane Donnelly (Acorns AC), Peter Cromie (Roe Valley CC), Billy Reed (East Antrim Harriers) and Dale Mathers (Mourne Runners).


The Ladies:


Team GB star Lizzie Wraith, a podium finisher at this year’s Dragon’s Back 200 mile race, will start as pre-race favourite. Despite the fact that Lizzie is used to covering much longer distances, it will be her ability to deal with the leg-sapping climbs and descents that may well just give her the edge.  The Lakeland 100 winner (in 2013) is excited about visiting and racing in Northern Ireland for the first time and will prove difficult to beat.  In saying that, local hero Diane Wilson (Dromore AC), winner of the Ben Nevis Mountain Race and a podium finisher at the Mourne Skyline MTR in 2014, knows exactly what to expect and is going into the event in the form of her life.


Newly crowned Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association (NIMRA) Champion, Shileen O’Kane (Lagan Valley AC), will be another athlete who will be in the thick of the action, but the local lady, who won 5 NIMRA Championship races this term, will have to see off some formidable opposition if she wishes to secure a podium spot – none more so that Mynydd Du Mountain Runners athlete and recognised international Helen Brown, who secured 14th place in the World Mountain Running Championships less than four weeks ago.  Interestingly, Helen has stepped onto the podium on three of the previous four occasions she has raced in Northern Ireland.  Arguably her best performance on these shores was a win at the Silent Valley Mountain Race in 2013, which was part of the British Fell Running Championships.

Jacqui Toal (BARF) and Fran McFadden (Springwell Running Club) enjoyed an epic dual at the 26extreme Causeway Coast Ultra last month (September 2015), with Jacqui coming through to win late on after Fran had led from the off.  The pair will resume battle here and will be joined by another highly respected ultra-distance athlete, Comrades finisher and podium regular Joanne Curran (BARF).  Aisling Allum (Carnethy HRC) will be one to watch – after moving to Scotland earlier this year, Aisling has shown superb improvement and less than four weeks ago, the former triathlon star picked up a prize at the Glencoe 10k, after finishing in 3rd place.  Aisling will smash her 5:54:43 clocking from 2014, which saw her take 10th place in the ladies race.

Lagan Valley AC’s Hazel McLaughlin will claim a top ten place, while Ireland based ladies Jolene Mellon (Unattached) and Elizabeth Wheeler (Unattached) will be hoping for the same.  Versatile Springwell Running Club athlete Sonia Knox will go well, as will 2:50:52 marathoner Georgia Wood (Unattached) and local ladies Taryn McCoy (BARF), Paulette Thomson (Newcastle AC) and Anne Sandford (Lagan Valley AC).

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3×3 80km 2015 Race Report

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Ricky Lightfoot ©steveashworth – Lake District Images

A chilly 5am start on Sunday 4th October saw the second running of the Lakes 3*3000 race get underway. Two main differences characterised the start this year:

  • The start was at the iconic Moot hall in the centre of Keswick (the traditional starting point for long distances Lakeland challenges such as the Bob Graham Round)
  • There wasn’t a biblical rainstorm in progress!

Last year’s winner Donnie Campbell joined course designer Ricky Lightfoot in a quite stunning turn of pace for the start of any 50 mile race; I’d guess they were going at roughly 5 minute mile pace which saw them out of sight within five hundred metres of the start.


Arriving on the night before in heavy mist provided hope of cloud inversion for parts of the course and the dread of confusion for other sections, however the weather conditions turned out to be perfect for the task in hand. Single figure temperatures and an overcast day did not prevent heavy sweating on the climbs though as competitors headed up to Scafell Pike and the first control point. An absence of any wind chill was welcome as the course unfolded, as was the legacy of such a dry year making ‘The Bog’ (seriously, that is what it is called on the map, so being singled out for such a title does set an expectation!) nice and runnable.

3x3 copyright Steve Ashworth (4 of 11)

Donnie  Campbell ©steveashworth – Lake District Images

Sadly, exception had been taken to the placement of the markers for the event and thus a great number had been removed. Whilst this did cause some confusion on the course and the odd “inefficient line” it certainly didn’t impact too much on the enjoyment of the participants; universally agreeing on what an outstanding route this really is. It has everything – a lovely wooded trail section to start with, classic Lakeland fell climbs and traverses, ridge runs, a descent worth of a bottom slide and the final climb and descent that just keeps on giving; although I’m pretty sure I don’t just speak for myself when I say I was happier with the downhill gifts than I was with the uphill ones!

It’s easy to forget to look around whilst in a race like this, but those that did were thoroughly rewarded. The views looking back towards Scafell Pike from High Raise were stunning, the sight of Keswick and the surrounding terrain were thoroughly welcome and reward enough, but the view back from Helvellyn along the Bob Graham route and Thirlmere won the day for me, especially where shafts of light broke through the cloud to highlight small areas. Breath-taking.

Once again the race proved to be quite a draw, bring people from all over the country and as far away as Russia! Sarah Morwood had made the journey from Devon and certainly made her mark on the course, challenging hard for 3rd place overall and settling for 5thin the end. Sarah was a joy to run with and thoroughly entertaining – as she was waxing lyrical about the beauty of the surrounding views I couldn’t help but feel that this coupled with her love of real ale and her ability to relentlessly climb made this race a perfect match. Her time of 10h 30m certainly marked her out as one to watch on the mountain ultra running scene.

A love of the mountains and the desire to challenge one’s self naturally goes hand in hand with sky running, but I am regularly reminded just how diverse the backgrounds are of the people competing and the reasons why they toe the line. Some backgrounds you’d expect – Mountain marathon competitors such as Mark Roberts (6th) and those with trail racing CVs looking for a different challenge like 2015 Ring O’Fire winner Rich Heath (7th) – but others are less obvious like Thomas King who had travelled over from Denmark for the event. There was absolutely no doubt he’d enjoyed his day out as he winced through his massage; “It was amazing, I was surprised at how varied and rough it was underfoot… it made it a lot tougher going than the groomed European trails and in Denmark it is completely flat so I have nowhere like this to prepare back home!”

There is no denying that the checkpoint at Latrigg car park holds both hope and anguish. Knowing that the final chunk of the journey is all that stands between you and the finish line provides initial relief; however, knowing there are ten miles and a big never ending climb standing between you and a glorious downhill quickly shifts that relief into a mental challenge – a left turn and fifteen minutes rather than a right turn and over and two hours would see you in Keswick with a pint in hand. A tough call indeed!

This year RD Ian Mulvey introduce an option to call it a day and make that left turning but still get an official time – whilst some may say it’s a temptation too far, I felt it was an excellent and practical nod to safety out on the mountain. Coupled with the iconic start/ finish line and warm post race area, it made for a real improvement on an already superb race.

The trail out from Latrigg is one of those cruel gradients that you know you should run but desperately want to walk; it almost makes you feel guilty! Keeping the head down and pretending it is flat works well. On more than one occasion I asked myself “why can’t I just turn left and head up it now?” but that would have meant less time out on this fantastic course… and maybe I just needed a gel to pick me up!

In the end the day belonged to Ricky Lightfoot setting the course record in a mind bending 8:51:55. Both Ricky and second placed Donnie Campbell (9:23:10) had been out of sight all day. Howard seal (10:03:06) kept the pressure on and pulled away in the end on take third after a battle between 3rd and 5th that raged from Helvellyn onwards. Sarah Morwood was the clear winner in the ladies’ race and 5th overall in 10:30:24. Excellent performances from Cecily Shepherd (13:19:48) and Keziah Higgins (13:56:28) saw them take 2nd and 3rd respectively – Keziah was all smiles after a sneaky sprint finish over the final 500m trying to creep up on James Quigley and David Dixon.

There is no doubt that the day was made by the fantastic team behind the event. From Ian’s core organisation, marking and safety team through to the every smiling aid station heroes that dotted the course. I know I speak on behalf of all competitors when I extend my heartfelt thanks for their generous giving of time so we can indulge in our passion for adventure. The excellent post race massage, soup and roll were very welcome, as was finding out that the Gelato shop was open late!

Race results are available HERE

Race report by Chris-Baynham Hughes

Thanks to Steve Ashworth for providing images.

Big thanks to Raidlight for continued sponsorship of Skyrunning UK

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