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Rab Helvellyn Sky Ultra 2025

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Saturday 19th July 2025

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Sunday 6th October 2024 at 08:00
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Sunday 29th June 2025
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2 Participants
Entry Fees
Entry Fee   £110.00   
    £120.00   (from 31/01/2025)
    £130.00   (from 30/04/2025)
Race Director - Charles Sproson
 07989 697487

57km with 3700m ascent | Location - Patterdale

If you’re looking for a serious challenge, this is it. Inspired by the great sky races of Europe, Rab Helvellyn Sky Ultra™ is one of the most technically demanding course-marked race's the Lake District has ever seen. Entries are NOT vetted for this ultra-distance route, taking in Striding and Swirral Edge's.

Classified by Skyrunning UK as a "Sky Extra" race in 2018, Lakes Sky Ultra is officially the most extreme mountain running event in England.

“An epic, brilliant, bonkers race!” Ellie H, 2017

57km of Lake District paths, trails and rock with 3700m ascent will test your endurance to the limit - but stamina alone won’t get you to the finish line.

You’ll need a good head for heights and nerves of steel: you’re going to traverse three of the most amazing ridge-lines in the Lake District: The bone shaking and very wild ridge of Long Stile Edge and the very alpine and rocky scramble of Swirral Edge and of course the EPIC Striding Edge. We’re talking serious ascent with some distance thrown in and previous race/mountain experience is a must.

Please note, this is 'NOT A VETTED RACE'  

Entry requirements

You must be at least 19 years old on race day to enter Helvellyn Sky Ultra.

Enter below where we advise it is wise to have completed one or more of the following races or UK challenges:

  • Completion of several named mountain races or mountain runs within the past 5 years, of 30 miles/50km or more, and of similar severity to Lakes Sky Ultra. In the UK, this may include Lakeland 50, Keswick Mountain Festival 50km, V3K, Ring of Steal, Ben Nevis Ultra, Lakes in a Day, Tour de Helvellyn;
  • Significant mountain experience, allowing runners who haven't completed any races in the last 5 years a chance to take part . We will consider all mountain challenges such as the Dennis Rankin, Bob Graham Round, Ramsay Round, Paddy Buckley Round and more. If you are unsure, please email us at before putting in your pre-race entry.

View the Race Rules HERE

Included in your entry fee:

  • Fully marked course
  • A Sky Race by design
  • One fully-supplied feed station and 2 valley support points, plus 11 manned checkpoints 
  • Wild seed bomb medal - if you don't like it throw it away and grow wild flowers
  • A chance to join a Tree Planting scheme, which we highly encourage
  • Post-race salty soup (vegan, so good for all dietary requirements)
  • GPS tracking and timing from Open Tracking
  • ITRA/UTMB Ranking Points
  • A professional Safety Officer and supporting safety team [All 'mountain qualified']
  • A professionally planned event delivered by a highly experienced team
  • A 'tour de force' of the Central and Eastern Fells of the UNESCO status English Lake District
  • A great day out in the mountains with hard-to-earn adrenaline and endorphins ...

Optional extras are available via SiEntries:

  • Helvellyn Sky Ultra quality cotton tee (available exclusively to race entrants, £30 each) 
  • Goat-bells for your support team (£20 each) [These are real 'alpine' goat bells]
  • Post-race massage (£20)

View the Event Disclaimer / Terms and Conditions.

View the Event Cancellation / Refund Policy.

This event offers the option to purchase XCover, so that participants may be able to get a refund if they are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

Other Lake District Sky Trails events this weekend

Fri 19 Jul 24 Swirral Grind 850
Sat 20 Jul 24 Rab Helvellyn Sky Ultra
Sat 20 Jul 24 St Sunday Mountain Race
Sun 21 Jul 24 Place Fell 15k
Sun 21 Jul 24 Rab Pinnacle Ridge Extreme 2024
Sat 19 Jul 25 St Sunday Sky Race
Sun 20 Jul 25 Pinnacle Ridge Extreme 2025

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