Lakeland Five Passes Ultra

26 June 2021
Grasmere, Cumbria, UK (England)
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mountains race
53 KM
1 day
220 Runners
Difficulty:    Advanced
ENTRY FEE:    35 GBP

The Lakeland Five Passes Ultra is 33miles and includes 10,000 feet of vertical elevation with no rest as it ascends peak after peak & pass after pass.

The Five Passes is a brand new route for 2018, it has a cut-off of 14hours which requires an average pace of under 2.5mph but this is no easy task so you should have a high level of fitness and ideally would have completed an ultra or mountain event previously.

Starting in the beautiful Lakeland village of Grasmere it climbs steadily before the sharp ascent to the summit of Loughrigg signals this events intentions. After passing through Ambleside & by Stock Ghyll Waterfalls the steep climb up Wansfell is followed by the fast descent down Nanny Lane into Troutbeck.

Garburn Pass is the first of the five passes, then once through Kentmere the never ending slog up Gatescarth Pass is awaiting, but once at the top there is no respite as the summit of Harter Fell is final destination and high point of the race. Crossing Nan Bield Pass to summit Thorneythwaite Beacon, the scree descent to Thresthwaite Mouth and the technical scramble up Stoney Cove Pike follow before a long descent to St Ravens Crag & Kirkstone Pass the penultimate pass of the five.

One final tough ascent to the summit of Red Screes before taking Scandale Pass down before finally picking up the Coffin Route past Rydal to the finish back at Grasmere.

We will provide our usual volume and variety of food, both sweet & savoury, at check points with a cooked hot meal at the finish and bespoke medal for all finishers.

Walkers start at 7:30am and runners an hour later at 8:30am, there will be cut-offs in place along the route & these will be strictly enforced to avoid participants being out in the dark.

A mandatory kit list of full body waterproofs, map, compass, whistle, survival blanket, basic first aid kit, water & 500kcal food is in place with spot checks carried out on entrants.

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Event Organiser

Jeff Mitchell

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