Over 4000m (13,000ft) of ascent await participants of this weekend’s 3x3Ultra providing every participant an opportunity to cover three classic Lakeland peaks in an accumulative distance of 80km’s. It’s going to be a tough challenge and a fitting conclusion to the Skyrunner® National Series for the ULTRA distance.
Based on the classic ‘Lakes 3000’s’ the 80km route will include Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and Skiddaw. An amazing circular route over the best mountains available within the UK, it promises to be a tough challenge.
The race route combines all the elements of a classic Lakeland run with aspects of European racing; technical terrain, beautiful mountains and hills.
Ian Mulvey, race director for the 3×3 event confirmed just days ago that race is a sell out, ‘we have 300 entries, 263-men and 37 ladies. The spread of athletes is phenomenal, we have runners representing, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Unites States, Spain, France, Norway, Slovakia, Latvia, Holland and Ireland.’
It just goes to show the growth and demand for tough and technical races within the UK, ‘We have exceeded expectations in our first year,’ said Skyrunning UK director, Ian Corless. ‘Our aim was to introduce the sport gradually and build a following over three years. In year one we will have had four very successful races and following the 3×3 we have the Mourne Skyline MTR with Skyrunner® World Series Champion, Stevie Kremer taking part. It’s been a brilliant year.’
We may not have the required altitude that a Skyrunning race would require in France, Spain or Italy but we can compensate for this with steep short climbs and technical terrain. The UK has brilliant and committed athletes who love racing.
The Skyrunner® National Series has been made possible with sponsorship from ROCKTAPE, inov-8 and Raidlight UK, without this support the series would not have been possible.
Grab a seat, sit and wait for the action to unfold in the early hours of Saturday morning as the 3×3 gets underway. It’s going to be an epic battle.