Lake District Challenge

11 - 12 June 2022

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!

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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 2021 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!

The route will be fully signed – meaning that you won’t need to use a map! You’ll see hundreds of reflective PINK ARROWS to guide you and KM markers so you know how far you’ve gone (and have left to go!). You’ll also see hazard signs where you need to take extra care, and after dark the route will be re-signed with glowsticks & flashing lights. We also organise group departures led by our Trek Masters overnight so you don’t ever have to walk alone. 

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 11 June 2022
  • 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 11 June 2022
  • Start – Kendal
  • 49 km & 1300 m climb 
  • Finish – Lakeside, Windermere 
  • Optional YHA accommodation packages
 

Day 2 – Lakeside > Kendal

  • Sunday 12 June 2022
  • Start – Lakeside, Windermere 
  • 51 km & 1200 m climb 
  • Finish – Kendal

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

 

Kendal > Lakeside

  • Saturday 11 June 2022
  • Start – Kendal
  • 49 km & 1300 m climb 
  • Finish – Lakeside, Windermere

A tough 2nd half covering class Lake District scenery. 

Lakeside > Kendal

  • Sunday 12 June 2022
  • Start – Lakeside, Windermere
  • 51 km & 1200 m elevation 
  • Finish line – Kendal

Kendal > Ambleside

  • Saturday 11 June 2022
  • Startline – Kendal
  • 28 km & 870 m elevation 
  • Finish line – Ambleside

New for 2022 – 10 km Ambleside loop

Ambleside > Ambleside 

  • Saturday 11th June 2022
  • Startline – Ambleside 
  • 10 km & ~ 330 m elevation
  • Finish line – Ambleside

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.

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

Many choose to support a charity and make their Ultra Challenge® really count – the Series raises £7+ million / year for 500 charities. You can choose a cause that’s close to your heart, and after a difficult 18 months or so – they will welcome your fundraising more than ever. 

or fundraise for over 500+ others

Check out the Challenge Options

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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

90,000 adventurers have taken on an Ultra Challenge®, raising over £33 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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11-12 June 2022

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SELF FUNDING

Pay for your place, no fundraising target

Full Challenge

£198 fee paid online & no fundraising commitment.

Half Challenge

£129 fee paid online as & no fundraising commitment.

Quarter Challenge

£79 fee paid online & no fundraising commitment.

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£25 Adult price
£12.50 Under 16s

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Sponsorship for charity

Pay half of your place & fundraise a smaller target for charity

Full Challenge

£30 reg fee & at least
£595 charity sponsorship

Half Challenge

£20 reg fee & at least
£395 charity sponsorship

Quarter Challenge

£10 reg fee & at least
£250 charity sponsorship

MIXED FUNDING

Pay half of your place & fundraise a smaller target

Full Challenge

£110 reg fee & at least
£330 charity sponsorship

Half Challenge

£72.50 reg fee & at least
£218 charity sponsorship

Quarter Challenge

£45 reg fee & at least
£135 charity sponsorship

Our Charity Partners

Search from over 400 charities you can fundraise for