Kendal Mountain Festival

Last updated: 02-Jun-17

By Alice Morrison

The Kendal Mountain Festival, based (not surprisingly) in Kendal in the Lake District (England, UK) has been going for over 30 years and jostles with Banff for first place in the mountain circuit. It has films, lectures, books, kit and activities to satisfy mountain-ophiles of every cut. It runs from 17 – 20 November.

This year, there is plenty to interest the ultra runner with appearances by Jasmin Paris and Anton Krupicka. There is also a 10km trail run, sponsored by Adidas, on the Saturday morning which will start in Kendal town centre and take in some major local landmarks. It should help burn off any indulgences from Friday night. The bar and partying at Kendal are legendary. Entries are being accepted now here

Anton Krupicka is an American mountain runner and outdoor ambassador and a bit of a poster boy for the sport. He has won the Leadville 100 twice, the Miwok 100K, the Rocky Raccoon 100 Miler, the Collegiate Peaks 50 Miler, the White River 50 Miler twice, the High Mountain 50k and the Estes Park Marathon. He is also a keen biker and when we met him in UTMB in August, he turned up on his bike which he had brought over from the USA to get around on. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, and if you want to hear one of the world experts on mountain running, now is the time.

Jasmin Paris has had a storming year so far. In April she annihilated the women’s Bob Graham Round record by over two-and-a-half hours. She ran the 66-mile circuit over 42 of England’s highest summits in 15 hours and 24 minutes. The previous record was held by Nicky Spinks, who ran 18:06 last year. Jasmin was only 90 minutes outside the men’s record of 13:53, set by Billy Bland in 1982. She also put in a fantastic performance at UTMB just a couple of months later, coming in as sixth woman, which made her the highest-placing Brit.

Anton and Jasmin will be highlights for runners but there really is a whole shedload more to enjoy if you love the mountains: hundreds of mountain film screenings covering everything from first ascents to bouldering to mountain culture; a massive schedule of speakers including Alex Megos, the 20-year-old superstar of modern climbing, and Cedar Wright, a US climber and filmmaker who’s travelled the world making daring first ascents; and some of the leading names from the UK and international mountain biking.

Also of interest, is the Kendal Mountain Film Academy which is for those of you venturing into action film and photography. The Academy was founded by Brian Hall, the world’s leading mountain/stunt cameraman whose work has featured on every big budget Hollywood film you can imagine.

Running from 17-20 November, this one comes highly recommended! Tickets and programme here.

Like what you read?

Click here to sign up for more

Related news

Latest news

MIUT 85k Race Report

MIUT 85k Race Report I want to share my experience of the MIUT 85k as a novice Ultra-Runner – what my background is, how I prepared, how

Read More »

SEARCH

Filters

Distance
Distance - slider
0KM500KM
Entry Fee
Entry Fee - slider
010000

DATE SEARCh

Date Range

Global - Virtual

Elevation

A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for

For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Elevation

An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for

Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Brutal

Elevation

Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude)

Suitable for

Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Expert

Elevation

Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat)

Suitable for

Experienced runners who have completed at least 4 ultras in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Advanced

Elevation

Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for

Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Intermediate

Elevation

Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for

Runners who have completed at least one ultra in last 6 months or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Beginner

Elevation

Very little change < 500 metres

Suitable for

First ultra event. Runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running (>26 miles) in the last 6 months.