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Saturday 13th July 2019

Entries Open
Thursday 1st November 2018
Entries Close
Friday 21st June 2019
Entries so Far
96 Participants
Entry Fees
Entry Fee   £95.00   
Race Director - Charles Sproson
 07989 697487

60km+ with 5000m+ ascent | July 13th 2019 | Location - Patterdale

If you’re looking for a serious challenge, this is it. Inspired by the great sky races of Europe, Lakes Sky Ultra™ is one of the most technically demanding course-marked race's the Lake District has ever seen. Entries are vetted to ensure that only the most experienced runners will tackle this ultra-distance route, taking in Swirral Edge and other extremely technical terrain, demanding that the runners have superb mountain skills.

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

60km+ of Lake District paths, trails and rock with 5000m+ 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: Beda Fell, remote and sublime, the bone shaking and very wild ridge of Long Stile Edge and the very alpine and rocky scramble of Swirral Edge. We’re talking serious ascent with some distance thrown in and previous race/mountain experience is a must.

Please note, this is a VETTED RACE and to gain a place you will need to qualify. See details below: 

Entry requirements and vetting process

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

Enter below where you will be asked to detail your relevant experience of mountain running and race for the Race Director’s to review. You must be able to demonstrate:

  • 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, Glencoe Skyline, 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.

No payment will be taken at this stage. We will review and respond to your entry application as soon as possible: usually within 96 hours.

  • If your application is successful, you will be redirected to SI Entries to complete your application and make payment to confirm your place.
  • If your application is unsuccessful, we may offer suggestions on how to gain the additional experience required for a successful entry application.

Please note that the Race Director will have the final decision on whether to allow any aspirant competitor to race. Any competitor found to have deliberately misled the Race Director will be expelled from the race and all future associated races.

View the Race Rules HERE

Included in your entry fee:

  • Fully marked course
  • A Sky Race by design
  • Lakes Sky Ultra buff
  • Race tattoo to keep tabs on your progress
  • Three fully-supplied feed station (Kirkstone Pass, Ambleside and Greenside Mines) and 13 manned checkpoints [TBC]
  • Post-race meal (vegan, so good for all dietary requirements)
  • A finishers’ bottle of limited edition Lakes Sky Ultra Cider, produced locally by Cowmire Hall
  • Electronic timing & safety checkpoints from SPORTident
  • 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:

  • Half board rooms available at the Patterdale Hall [Extremely grand bunk accommodation with a hearty breakfast and piled high evening meal] - £60
  • Lakes Sky Ultra quality cotton tee (available exclusively to race entrants, £20 each) 
  • Branded goat-bells for your support team (£15 each) [These are real 'alpine' goat bells]
  • Hot meal at registration on Friday evening – carnivore and vegan options available (£15.00 - pre-order only)
  • Post-race massage (£15, with 25% donated to Patterdale MRT)

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