Lake District Challenge

10 - 11 June 2023

Take on England’s finest countryside at your pace. Our Challenge base-camp is in Kendal, and from there it’s a 100km anticlockwise loop taking in a couple of tough hills, Garburn Pass, Ambleside, a half way point by Lake Windermere, forests, and nature reserves – with some stunning views en route – before a huge welcome and celebration back at Base Camp after a momentous journey. You’ll get full support & hospitality, optional camping / hostel, and with half & quarter distance options – there’s a Lake District Challenge for everyone!

The Ultra Challenge Experience

Endurance events for a wide range of fitness & ages. Choose your Challenge – do it at your pace, and there’re 14 events in the Series. Our support enables you to go further, whilst enjoying the great outdoors & camaraderie. There’re marquee rest stops, lots of food & drink, medical & massage teams, with a fully signed route to guide you. A big finish-line  celebration awaits with an amazing sense of achievement, and once the aches subside you’ll feel energised, and up for more of life’s real challenges!

Good preparation & smart planning are key to successfully completing an Ultra Challenge. From the moment you sign up you’ll have access to our Challenge App, with training guides, optional training walks & runs, maps, on the day info, and online forums. We will also keep you updated with any news & challenge updates via notifications through the app and emails. 

Keeping you well fed & hydrated is key to getting you across that finish line successfully & safely. Whichever distance you are signed up every meal and snack stop is included in your entry so you can expect:

  • Regular snack stops every 12.5 km
  • Main meal/ hot food every 25 km
  • Hot drinks, water & energy drinks at all stops 
  • We cater for every dietary requirement
  • Menus published before the Challenge 

We have Rest Stops every 12.5 km or so with ‘major’ ones at ~25/50/75/100 km. Our Rest Stops are like no others – along side a large medical area and catering services they are all covered infrastructure (to keep you out of the sun or rain!) – here there will be a place to sit down and put your feet up, use any of the facilities (toilets, medics, changing rooms, rest areas, baggage pick up). Manned by our team to help with any query or questions you have!

There’re pink arrows to guide you, distance markers, glow-sticks at night, hazard signs, and a route map in the App. Our ‘Trek Masters’ organise group departures at night so nobody has to walk solo. Our chip timing system enables our Control Room, and your friends / family, to track your progress through the Rest Stops. New for 2022 – there’s also the option to hire a ‘GEO TRACKER’ – so they can follow you in real time every step of the way – day & night!

For those taking on the Full Challenge (~100 km) across 2 days we have on every event a ‘Base Camp’ set up where you can either book one of our all inclusive camping packages or ‘pitch your own’. Our camp sites have hot showers, drinks stations, chill out areas and are a great way to get some shut eye over the Saturday night, before taking on the 2nd day of your challenge! 

Keeping you safe and healthy is our upmost priority – we have a vast experienced team of Doctors, Paramedics, First Aiders, Podiatrists and Masseuses available and on hand at every Rest Stop (as well as roaming the route). You will also have access to a ‘self help’ area at every stop with blister plasters, talcum powder & more should you just need tape yourself up!

We don’t ever want you to forget that moment you reached your goal and crossed over the finish line – our Cheer Squad will ensure that you don’t! You will be given a medal, finisher’s t-shirt, glass of fizz and a photo finish! Before being guided to a BBQ, drinks & a well earned sit down and rest. 

We operate shuttles to and from the nearest train station for anyone needing onward travel after their challenge, the majority of our finish lines also have ample parking so your supporters can meet you and pick you up, as well as we will have specific ‘transfers’ back to other locations – check the individual event pages for full details of the services we will be laying on. 

100 km, at your pace, through the day & night if you’re walking.

 

Kendal Loop

  • Saturday 10 June 2023
  • Start – Kendal
  • 100 km & 2500 m climb
  • Finish – Kendal

100 km over 2 days, with optional camping packages at half way – or book a hotel / B&B – and rest!

 

Day 1 – Kendal > Lakeside

  • Saturday 10 June 2023
  • Start – Kendal
  • 50 km & 1300 m climb 
  • Finish – Lakeside, Windermere 
  • Optional YHA accommodation packages
 

Day 2 – Lakeside > Kendal

  • Sunday 11 June 2023
  • Start – Lakeside, Windermere 
  • 50 km & 1200 m climb 
  • Finish – Kendal

A scenic & tough ‘half’ Challenge – the best of the Lakes.

 

Kendal > Lakeside

  • Saturday 10 June 2023
  • Start – Kendal
  • 50 km & 1300 m climb 
  • Finish – Lakeside, Windermere

A tough 2nd half covering class Lake District scenery. 

Lakeside > Kendal

  • Sunday 11 June 2023
  • Start – Lakeside, Windermere
  • 50 km & 1200 m elevation 
  • Finish line – Kendal

Kendal > Ambleside

  • Saturday 10 June 2023
  • Startline – Kendal
  • 28 km & 870 m elevation 
  • Finish line – Ambleside

New for 2022 – 10 km Ambleside loop

Ambleside > Ambleside 

  • Saturday 10 June 2023
  • Start-line  Ambleside 
  • 10 km & ~ 330 m elevation
  • Finish line – Ambleside

Take on The Lake District Challenge – Anywhere, Anytime…

  • Support a friend taking on the ‘real’ event in body & spirit – and maybe to boost their fundraising
  • OR – just join, get active, and get involved!
  • Over the ‘real’ event weekend – or up to a 4 week prior window.
  • Choose your distance
  • Track your progress on our online map
  • Medal, Neck Buff, & Certificate

 

VIRTUAL CHALLENGE DETAILS >>

Your Challenge,
Your Way!

Whether you’re a walker and new to challenge events, an experienced trekker, a marathon enthusiast upping the distance, or a seasoned ultra runner after UTMB points – there’s an Ultra Challenge for you! Walk, Jog, or Run – as an Individual or a Team, for a charity of your choice or just for you. The Lake District Challenge is fun, safe, and rewarding – with full support all the way, enabling you to push yourself further in some of England’s finest scenery.

2023 ULTRA CHALLENGES

EARLY BIRD DEAL ON!

Sign up by 1st Oct & get a FREE tech T shirt  worth £20

+ Save up to £20 OFF Self Funding

AND – up to 30% OFF with Multi Deals + NEW Payment Plan option!

OR it’s 50% OFF Charity Reg Fees with ‘Official Partners’

How to Join

Self Funding
for You

Pay for your event place in full, with no fundraising required. (This is the only option for Ambleside 10K)

Full Sponsorship for Charity

Pay a small registration fee & commit to fundraise for a charity of your choice.

Mixed Funding for Charity

Pay half your place, & fundraise a smaller target for your chosen charity.

Our Charity Partners

We work with a wide range of fantastic charities, which benefit from the annual £7+ million of Ultra Challenge fundraising. Our Series Partners and Challenge Partners are some of the UK’s major national & regional charities. Choose to fundraise for one of these ‘Official Partners’ – and it’s 50% OFF the normal charity sponsorship Reg Fees. We also have 50 or so ‘Associate Partners’ (with 25% OFF normal charity Reg Fees) AND 300+ other ‘listed’ charities involved that you can choose to support.

or fundraise for over 300+ others

Check out the Challenge Options

FACTSHEET COMING SOON

All you need to know about the Challenge - a detailed overview of the options & how you can take it on. Print it off or send it to your friends!

14 Amazing Challenges

Nearly 100,000 adventurers have taken on an Ultra Challenge®, raising over £38 million for charities, and the 14 unique events make up the UK’s biggest & best series of treks & trail runs. Whichever challenge you choose, you’ll get full support so you can set a new goal, enjoy the great British outdoors, and push yourself further on a high quality inspirational event. 

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Lake District Challenge

10-11 June 2023

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1 of 13

Isle of Wight Challenge

29 – 30 April 2023

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London 2 Brighton Challenge

27-28 May 2023

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South Coast Challenge

3-4 Sept 2022

 

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Jurassic Coast Challenge

13-14 May 2023

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5 of 13

Thames Path Challenge

10 – 11 Sept 2022

+ Thames Bridges 25km Trek

+ Friday Moonlight 10K Walk

+ The Henley 10K

 

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South West Coast 50 Challenge

6 August 2022

 

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Peak District Challenge

8-9 July 2023

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Cotswold Way Challenge

24 – 25 June 2023

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9 of 13

Yorkshire Challenge

23-24 July 2022

 

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10 of 13

Chiltern 50 Challenge

24 Sept 2022

 

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11 of 13

Easter 50 Challenge

1 April 2023

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12 of 13

Halloween Marathon Walk

Sat 29 Oct 2022

+ 1/2 marathon & 10K option

 

FULL DETAILS >

13 of 13

2023 EARLY BIRD

SIGN UP BY 30 SEPT AND GET A FREE ULTRA TECH T-SHIRT WORTH £20*

APPLIES FOR SELF FUND & CHARITY SIGN UPS

AND - SELF FUND & SAVE!

FULL CHALLENGE = £20 OFF Reg Fee 

(Use CodeEARLYFULL – at Checkout) 

HALF CHALLENGE = £12.50 OFF Reg Fee 

(Use CodeEARLYHALFat Checkout) 

QUARTER CHALLENGE = £7.50 OFF Reg Fee  

(Use Code – EARLYQUART – at Checkout) 

EXCLUDES - Winter & Halloween Walks & 10k/mile events

OR - 50% OFF CHARITY REG FEES WITH 'OFFICIAL PARTNERS'

2023 MULTI DEALS

Do more events & Save up to 30%+

  • Available on 2 or more Self Fund events
  • FREE Ultra Challenge Fleece for 4+ events
  • PAYMENT PLAN option also now available 

*NOTE - T shirts posted from end of Sept. If you cancel an event £20 is deducted from any refund due

SELF FUNDING FOR YOU

PAY FOR YOUR PLACE IN FULL. NO FUNDRAISING REQUIRED. YOU CAN STILL FUNDRIASE IF YOU WANT TO. MULTI DEAL OPTION ALSO AVAILABLE.

Full Challenge

£198 Reg Fee paid online & no fundraising commitment.

Half Challenge

£129 Reg Fee paid online &
no fundraising commitment.

Quarter Challenge

£79 Reg Fee paid online
& no fundraising required.

CHARITY SPONSORSHIP FOR CHARITY

PAY A LOW REGISTRATION FEE & FUNDRAISE FOR A CHOSEN CHARITY. GET UP TO 50% OFF THE NORMAL REG FEE WITH OUR PARTNER CHARITIES!

Full Challenge

£45 Reg Fee & at least
£595 charity sponsorship

Half Challenge

£30 Reg Fee & at least
£395 charity sponsorship

Quarter Challenge

£15 Reg Fee & at least
£245 charity sponsorship

MIXED FUNDING FOR CHARITY

YOU INITIALLY PAY HALF OF YOUR EVENT PLACE COST & ALSO FUNDRAISE A SMALLER MINIMUM TARGET FOR A CHARITY OF YOUR CHOICE

Full Challenge

£110 Reg Fee & at least
£330 charity sponsorship

Half Challenge

£72.50 Reg Fee & at least
£220 charity sponsorship

Quarter Challenge

£45 Reg Fee & at least
£135 charity sponsorship

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