July 7, 2022

Lakeland Trails 100 and 55 2022: Route, live tracking & how to enter

By Ed Mezzetti
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The Lakeland Trails 100km and 55km races are billed as ultimate but totally achievable challenges on stunning courses. The 100km event gives runners ‘a truly memorable journey encompassing the finest trails the Lake District has to offer’, while the 55km race is marketed as ‘the most picturesque ultra marathon in the UK’. Alongside these feature races, runners can also take on 23km and 14km races that incorporate parts of the main routes.

Here is our full guide to learning about the event, following it live or even taking part.

Date, start time & live tracking

The Lakeland Trails 100km race begins at midnight on Saturday, July 9 2022 and has a 23-hour time limit. The 55km event gets under way at 0900AM and has a 13-hour cut-off.  

Each competitor carries a GPS tracking device and a ‘dibber’ – provided by SportIdent – which allows race organisers to monitor their progress and to ensure everyone stays safe. The GPS device also allows fans to follow the race online. Failure to register at any of the checkpoints on the course will result in disqualification. 

We will update this section with a link for live tracking once it is available. 

Lakeland Trails 100 and 55 2022 Route

Lakeland Trails Ultra Races take in some of the Lake District’s finest trails.

Both races start and finish in Rothay Park, Ambleside. The 100km route takes in Kentmere, Mardale Head, Bampton, Howtown, Glenridding, Grasmere, Little Langdale and Langdale Primary School. It includes five mountain passes 10,500 feet of climbing and eight feed stations. 

The 55km option misses out most of the eastern sections of the longer route. It includes three mountain passes, 7,000 feet of assent and five feed stations. 

More information on the route can be found here. 

Facts, Tips & FAQ

The races were first held in 2015 when the longer event was contested over 110km. The 100km distance was introduced in 2019. The 55km race is worth three International Trail Running Association (ITRA) points and the 100k Ultra is worth four Organisers say they put a particular emphasis on safety with “advanced life support medics, radio communications and marshals” on the course. Singer / songwriter Pete Lashley will be performing in the event village from 1530 to 1630 on Saturday and then from 1100 to 1200 before the prize giving on Sunday.

How to qualify and enter the Lakeland Trails 100 and 55

There are no specific entry requirements for either race.

Lakeland Trails 100 and 55 records and past winners

George Foster and Merryl Cooper set the men’s and women’s records for the 100km event in last year’s race. Foster clocked 9:30:11 and Cooper 11:32:19. Lasy year’s race doubled up as the British championships.

Prior to that Kim Collison (10:48:57) and three-time winner Sally Ford (14:49:01) held the records for the longer course.

Ultra running star Damian Hall holds the fastest time for the 55km event with a 5:25:21 clocking in 2018, while GB international Holly Rush has the women’s record with 6:10:19 in 2017.

2021 – Men: George Foster 9:30:11. Women: Meryl Cooper 11:32:19.

Lakeland Trails 100 winners

2020 – No race.

2019 – Men: Kristof Nowicki 12:03:12. Women: Katie Samuleson 16:40:03.

2018 – No race.

2017 (110km) – Men: Andrew Horrobin 11:30:58. Women: Sally Ford 15:02:20.

2016 (110km) – Men: Andrew Horrobin 12:06:37. Women: Sally Ford 15:19:03.

2015 (110km) – Men: Kim Collison 10:48:57. Women: Sally Ford 14:49:01.

Lakeland Trails 55 winners

2021 – Men: Julian Hood 5:39:20. Women: Jane McCarthy 6:54:29.

2020 – No race.

2019 – Men: Damian Hall 5:39:12. Women: Zoe McLennan 6:58:15.

2018 – Men: Damian Hall 5:25:21. Women: Gemma Carter 6:26:47.

2017 – Men: David Stoneman 5:52:24. Women: Holly Rush 6:10:19.

2016 – Men: Michael Barron 5:26:07. Women: Fiona Lynch 6:48:03.

2015 – Men: Keith Siddle 6:45:21. Women: Sophie Moore 7:22:31.

Who is taking part at Lakeland Trails 100 and 55 2022?

Defending champions George Foster and Meryl Cooper head the 100km entrants for this year. Katie Samuelson, the 2019 women’s winner, is also back for another year.

The same is true in the 55km race where Julian Hood and Jane McCarthy are back in action.

Entrants for this year’s 100km race can be viewed here and the 55km event here.

Lakeland Trails 100 and 55 kit list

Runners are required to wear and carry certain kit, without which they will not be allowed to start, while other items are recommended. This kit list will be fully enforced regardless of prevailing conditions.

Mandatory kit

Full waterproof body cover – including a hooded-jacket and full-length pants with taped seams

First aid kit – to include minimum blister plasters, bandage and zinc oxide tape to secure dressing

Spare base layer – long-sleeved

Hat and gloves

Whistle

Mobile phone – fully charged

Head torch – with spare battery or an extra headtorch for 100km race

Emergency foil blanket – or bivi bag,

Emergency food and drink – minimum one energy/muesli bar and 100ml water. This must not be eaten or drunk during normal course of the event.

Recommended kit

Compass

Poles

GPS

Suncream

Quality off-road running shoes – Not road shoes

Ed Mezzetti
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Ed Mezzetti
Ed has almost 20 years of experience as a journalist, writing on sports ranging from rugby to rowing. His career highlights include covering the London 2012 Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games. Ed writes news and feature articles for RUN247 & TRI247 and is a keen club runner himself.