Lakes in a Day

A Day to Remember

Run in the footsteps of Jasmin Paris at this year's Lakes in a Day ultra...

Give yourself a day to remember at this year's Lakes in a Day event! You can expect 50 miles and 4000m of ascent – a journey on foot from the very top of the Lake District at Caldbeck to the very bottom, at Cartmel, via the stunning Helvellyn Ridge and the western shoreline of Lake Windermere. It might not be the easiest traverse but it will be the most spectacular.

Taking place on 12 October this year, this is a race that ticks a lot of boxes for ultra runners. Organisers say: "We want to make this day one of the best you have had on an ultra run, so we have created a journey that is inspiring, daunting and stunning in equal measure."

To make your race day run as smooth as possible camping is available on Friday night at Cartmel and Saturday for those who finish late or have a long journey home after the race. Event organiser's, Durty Events, do these events properly and will also make sure you are well taken care of on the course. A spokesperson commented: "If you are going to cover 50 miles on foot in the Lakes, then you’ll need to fuel up on a bit more than a few jelly babies.

"All feed stations will have hot drinks available as well as a range of savoury and sweet treats to power you up the next climb. Any surplus perishable foods are donated to local food banks and Manna House in Kendal – so we don’t shy from putting out a bit too much."

Discussing the contentious topic of 'cut-off times' organisers continue: "Cut offs are generally a dirty word in ultra running, but we do have some generous cut offs in place. For this event, the cut offs are based on a slow jog of 6km/hr, plus 1hr per 1000m of ascent. It is not a walking event, but neither do you have to be a fast runner to compete and complete."

For the competitive among you it is worth noting that £500 cash will be on offer to the first lady and first man to set a new course record. If this is not claimed it is rolled over to the following year. This prize pool is separate for male/female runners and currently stands at £500 for ladies and £500 for the men. Current record holders are Jarlath Mckenna who completed the race in 8:40:46 in 2022 and someone who's name you will all recognise given her recent feat of endurance - Jasmin Paris, who achieved 10:19:30 also in 2022.

If you'd like to know more, visit the Durty Events website.

Image: Durty Events Facebook

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