What is now the Montane Lakeland 100/50 started in 2008 from humble beginnings. Around 30 runners started each race then, and only 11 finished in the 100. That year Steve Birkinshaw won the 100 and no women completed it. Nowadays there are a lot more finishers (though still up to 60% do not finish in the 100), and several women have finished in the top 10 overall, but it hasn’t got any easier.
We thought we’d take a look at how the winning times for this race have come down over the years. Of course the weather can play a big part – it’s been run in hot conditions and some fairly hideous wet conditions – but it’s also attracted some of the best trail and mountain runners in the country, which has led to some incredibly fast times.
Here’s all the winners and their times from the Lakeland 100
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And the same for the Lakeland 50
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The race takes place this weekend – 26th to 28th July – and you can follow all the action live here