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Want to put your mountain running skills to the test? At Mountain Run, we don’t just train you to run in the mountains: we also plan, direct and deliver some of the Lake District’s finest off-road races

Through our own growing race portfolio and our event partnerships across the Lake District, we’ve developed races for all levels of skill, experience and ability. So, whether you’re looking for a first 5k trail race, or England’s most technically challenging mountain ultra, go ahead and find your next challenge!

Mountain Run Races

The following races are created, owned, directed and delivered by the team at Mountain Run:

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14 July 2018 | 56km with 4500m ascent | Ambleside

Back for the fourth year, the Lakes Sky Ultra is the most technically demanding course- marked race the Lake District has ever seen. Entries are vetted to ensure that only most experienced runners will tackle this ultra-distance route, taking in some of the airiest ridges and most gravity-defying scrambles the Lake District can offer. Classified by Skyrunning UK as a "Sky Extra" race, Lakes Sky Ultra is officially one of the most extreme events in the UK calendar for 2018.

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15 July 2018 | 40km with 3000m ascent | Ambleside

40km of mountain terrain and 3000m ascent: Scafell Sky Race is a serious challenge. Played out on technical, single-track trails from start to finish. It’s a point-to-point Lake District journey that will test the speed and endurance of experienced and aspiring mountain runners. Scafell Sky Race is the UK National Team qualifying race for the Skyrunning World Championships 2018.

Lakes Sky Ultra and Scafell Sky Race are part of Mountain Run's Lake District Sky Trails weekend, 13 – 15 July 2018. Find out more and enter now

Wansfell Mountain Race

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September 2018 (date TBC) | 10km with 800m ascent | Ambleside 

Part of the annual Ambleside Festival of the Fells celebration, the Wansfell Mountain Race is much more than your average 10k. We’ve packed in a mix of roads and tracks, woodland trails and open fell, including what is arguably THE finest downhill section in the Lake District, to produce a truly memorable and thoroughly spectacular course.

Entry via SI Entries is coming soon. 

Mountain Run Partner Races

Mountain Run ‘main man’ Charlie Sproson is proud to be the course creator, planner and event director at the following Lake District events:

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Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 June 2018 | Multiple distances | Keswick

From 5k to 50k, the Keswick Mountain Festival trail race programme has something for every runner. For the 5th consecutive year, Charlie has created, planned and directed all four trail races at the Keswick Mountain Festival: your ultimate outdoors weekend. Entries sell out fast: don’t miss your chance to take part.

  • 5k junior trail race | Saturday 9 June 
  • 5k trail race | Saturday 9 June
  • 10k trail race | Sunday 10 June 
  • 25k trail race | Saturday 9 June
  • 50k trail race ultra | Sunday 10 June

Find out more and enter at the KMF website

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Saturday 20 – Sunday 21st October 2018 | Multiple distances | Great Langdale Valley

Launched in 2016 as a fundraising event in the aftermath of Storm Desmond (December 2015), The Grand Day Out has grown into an inclusive weekend programme of outdoor activities for all. Charlie is delighted to be race directing the 2018 trail running programme for the forth annual Grand Day Out, based in the beautiful Great Langdale valley.

  • 10km valley race
  • 5km valley race
  • 15km race around Lingmoor

Check the Grand Day Out website for full programme information.

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