Five Top Races in the Lake District

Five Top Races in the Lake District


Five top races in the Lakes

We love to go for a run…and so do many of our guests. So when you’re staying here, how about entering a race?

The Lake District has something for everyone, of all abilities.

Here’s our favourite five.

Lakeside to Gummers How

A great event for spectators as well as competitors. This one involves individuals or teams rowing across the lake, jumping out at the other side, running up – and down – the tough little hill known as Gummers How, and then rowing back to the landing stage at the Lakeside Hotel at Newby Bridge.

We’ve seen champion fell racers who proved to be less than competent in a boat heading in the wrong direction. And great oarsmen and women who took it steady and came out in front. It’s great fun. Running distance is 5k, with a climb of 260m.

Starts at 5.30. Take a picnic and watch the action unfold.

Sat 15th Jun 2019

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Heart of the Lakes Rydal Round

This is one of the Lake District’s classic fell races, taking in the route of the Fairfield Horseshoe. It’s staged as the flagship opening event of Ambleside Sports, which takes place on the last Thursday in July at Rydal Park just north of Ambleside. You need some experience – and navigational skills – to take part in this one. It’s 14.5k, and you’ll be climbing some 915 m over several fell summits.

But on the same day there’s the short and sharp Guides Race. No entry fees…the races are free to those who pay to enter the showground. Lots of events throughout the day including Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, and track cycling. A really great day out for all the family, as well as the runners.

July 25th  12.05pm

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Lakeland Trails, Ullswater

A really unusual race, along one of our favourite routes. You start by taking a half hour cruise aboard the Ullswater Steamer "Raven", which takes you to the start in the hamlet of Howtown, while being serenaded by a folk singer. There are three separate events -  10K Ullswater Trail Run, 14K Ullswater Trail Challenge and 14K Ullswater Trail Race  - and they follow well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways along the lake shore. There are panoramic views of Helvellyn and the surrounding peaks, and the routes finish in Jenkins Field, next to the Ullswater Pier. Underfoot conditions can be tricky at times, especially if wet.

Sunday 27th October 2019    

Langdale Christmas pudding 10k

Here’s our favourite road race, a 10K course through the beautiful Great Langdale valley. The Christmas Pudding has become a popular event to start the festive season. With 1,000 runners entered in 2018, the race appeals to all who enjoy the fun side of running. Every finisher gets a Christmas Pudding and many runners dress in festive costumes - all adding to the party atmosphere.

Starts at noon at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, December 7.


FellFoot parkrun

Not a race, of course, but a timed run that takes place every Saturday at 9am at FellFoot park near Newby Bridge. It’s free, and part of the popular worldwide parkrun series. This route is a beauty, with stunning views of the distant hills and a finish alongside the shore of Windermere. You need to register online first and download a barcode which you carry with you. Everything else will be explained on the day. No experience needed, no navigational skills, no age limits. You can walk, jog or run your socks off.

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