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Saturday 22nd April 2023

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Saturday 3rd December 2022 at 08:00
Entries Close
Saturday 8th April 2023
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2 Participants
Entry Fees
Entry Fee   £110.00   
Race Director - Charles Sproson
 07989 697487

55km with 4300m ascent | 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 Striding and Swirral Edge's 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

55km of Lake District paths, trails and rock with 4300m 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 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. We advise it is wise to have completed one or more of the following races or UK chalenges:

  • 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
  • Lakes Sky Ultra buff
  • One fully-supplied feed station and 2 valley support points, plus 11 manned checkpoints 
  • 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
  • GPS tracking and timing from Open Tracking
  • ITRA/UTMB 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:

  • 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]
  • Post-race massage (£15)
Administered by Booking Protect

This event offers the option to purchase Booking Protect, 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

Sat 9 Jul 22 Lakes Sky Ultra 2022 - Sat 9th July 22
Sun 10 Jul 22 Pinnacle Ridge Extreme 2022
Sun 9 Jul 23 Rab Pinnacle Ridge Extreme 2023

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