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 finishers meal, 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.

WINTER DEAL!

10% OFF Self Fund

Use code: WINTER10%  at checkout

*Excludes Winter & Halloween Walk, 10k/10mile events, Multi Deals & Young Persons

Valid until 25 Dec’22

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.

Best Value 'MULTI DEALS' for 2 events or more. Save up to 30%!

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.

OFFICIAL PARTNERS
50% ofF charity sponsorship REG FEE

SERIES PARTNERS

CHALLENGE PARTNERS

OTHER PARTNERS
25% ofF charity sponsorship REG FEE

ASSOCIATE PARTNERS

OTHER CHALLENGE PARTNERS

or fundraise for over 300+ others

Check out the Challenge Options

DOWNLOAD FACTSHEET

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

100,000 or so adventurers have taken on an Ultra Challenge® so far, raising over £40 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 all the way so you can set a new goal, enjoy the British countryside, and push yourself further on an unforgettable inspirational event. 

Map

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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2 of 13

London 2 Brighton Challenge

27-28 May 2023

FULL DETAILS >

3 of 13

South Coast Challenge

2-3 Sept 2023

FULL DETAILS >

4 of 13

Jurassic Coast Challenge

13-14 May 2023

FULL DETAILS >

5 of 13

Thames Path Challenge

9 – 10 Sept 2023

+ Thames Bridges 25km Trek

+ Friday Moonlight 10K Walk

+ The Henley 10K

FULL DETAILS >

6 of 13

South West Coast 50 Challenge

5 August 2023

FULL DETAILS >

7 of 13

Peak District Challenge

8-9 July 2023

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8 of 13

Cotswold Way Challenge

24 – 25 June 2023

FULL DETAILS >

9 of 13

Chiltern 50 Challenge

24 Sept 2022

 

FULL DETAILS >

10 of 13

North Downs 50 Challenge

22 July 2023

FULL DETAILS >

11 of 13

Easter 50 Challenge

1 April 2023

FULL DETAILS >

12 of 13

Winter Walk

Sat 28 & Sun Jan 2023

Marathon + 1/2 Marathon & 10K option

 

FULL DETAILS >

13 of 13

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

You can fundraise for over
300 different charities...

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Blue Cross
Borneo Orangutan Survival UK
Cats Protection
Dogs For Good
Dogs Trust
Ferne Animal Sanctuary
Foal Farm Animal Rescue (Friends of Animals League)
Just One Ocean
LionAid Ltd.
Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare
RSPCA
Senior Staffy Club
Shark Trust
Viva!
Whale and Dolphin Conservation
World Land Trust
WWF

Abby’s Heroes
Action Bladder Cancer UK
Action Kidney Cancer
Against Breast Cancer
Bone Cancer Research Trust
Bowel Cancer UK
Brain Tumour Research
Breast Cancer Now
Cancer Research UK
Children with Cancer UK
Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group
Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
Future Dreams Breast Cancer Charity
Guy’s Cancer Charity
HASAG Asbestos Disease Support
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
Kidney Cancer UK
Leukaemia Care
Leukaemia UK
Lingen Davies Cancer Fund
Look Good Feel Better
Lymphoma Action
Macmillan Cancer Support
Mesothelioma UK CIO
Myeloma UK
Ovacome
Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund
Pancreatic Cancer UK
Paul Strickland Scanner Centre
Prostate Cancer Research
Prostate Cancer UK
Rowan Tree Cancer Care
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
Sarcoma UK
Shine Cancer Support
Team Verrico
Teenage Cancer Trust
Teens Unite Fighting Cancer
The Bowel Movement
The Brain Tumour Charity
The Eve Appeal
The Fitness Support Network
The Prostate Project
The Robin Cancer Trust
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
The Urology Foundation
Trekstock
Walk the Walk
Willow Foundation
World Cancer Research Fund

A-T Society
ACCT UK
Amy Winehouse Foundation
Anthony Nolan
bibic
Bliss
Buttle UK
Cardiac Risk in the Young
Cardinal Hume Centre
Challengers
Child Bereavement UK
Childfirst(UK)
CHUMS Charity
Claire House Children’s Hospice
Daisy’s Dream
Diamond Kite Foundation
Diverse Abilities
Dreamflight
Dreams Come True
EPIC FOUNDATION UK
Evelina Children’s Heart Organisation Limited (ECHO Charity)
Evelina London Children’s Charity
Friends and Families
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
Harry’s Rainbow Charitable Trust
Home-Start UK
It’s Never You
Jamie’s Farm
Jigsaw4u
John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation
Just4Children
KEEN London
Knight Foundation
Make-a-Wish
MYTIME Young Carers
National Deaf Children’s Society
NSPCC
Open Arms Malawi
Place2Be
Railway Children
Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Sebastian’s Action Trust
Shooting Star Children’s Hospices
Skylarks Charity
Small Steps
Starlight Children’s Foundation
The Atlas Foundation
The Brompton Fountain
The Childhood Trust
The Children’s Society
The Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre
The Grand Appeal
The Lexi May Trust
The Ruth Strauss Foundation
Tiny Tickers
Tree of Hope
War Child UK
WeSeeHope
When You Wish Upon a Star
White Lodge
Winston’s Wish
Young Epilepsy
Young Lives vs Cancer

British Dyslexia Association
Cotswold Riding for the Disabled
Friends of the Caribbean
Maddys Mark
Nexus Institute of Creative Arts
Sussex Cricket Foundation
Teach First
The Fortune Centre Of Riding Therapy
WAM Youth

Brake the road safety charity

Acorns Children’s Hospice
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity
Ashgate Hospice
Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice
Children’s Hospice South West
Cornwall Hospice Care
Cynthia Spencer Hospice
Demelza Hospice Care
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
Farleigh Hospice
Forest Holme Hospice Charity
Francis House Children’s Hospice
Havens Hospices
Helen & Douglas House
Hospice UK
Hospiscare
Isabel Hospice
Julia’s House
Keech Hospice Care
Lewis-Manning Hospice Care
LOROS
Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care
Pilgrims Hospices
Rowans Hospice
Royal Trinity Hospice
Salisbury Hospice Charity
St Barnabas House
St Helena Hospice
St Luke’s Hospice (Harrow and Brent)
St Lukes Hospice (Basildon & Thurrock)
St Peter’s Hospice
St Raphael’s Hospice
St Wilfrid’s Hospice (Eastbourne)
The Hospice of St Francis
The Myton Hospices
Weldmar Hospicecare
Willen Hospice
Winchester Hospice
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust
Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity
Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity
Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity
Countess of Brecknock Hospice Trust
Friends of Danetre Hospital
Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity
Oxford Health Charity
Oxford Health Charity
RNOH Charity – The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
Royal Free Charity
Southampton Hospital Charity
Spread a Smile
St Georges Hospital Charity
St Marks Hospital Foundation

Action for M.E.
Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis
Air Ambulance – Kent Surrey Sussex
Alcohol Change UK
Allergy UK
Alzheimer’s Research UK
Alzheimer’s Society
Asthma + Lung UK
Ataxia UK
Bowel Research UK
Brain Tumour Support
British Heart Foundation
British Liver Trust
British Skin Foundation
Burning Nights CRPS Support
Cardiomyopathy UK
Centre for ADHD & Autism Support
Cianna’s Smile
Coeliac UK
Crohn’s & Colitis UK
Darby Rimmer MND Foundation
DEBRA
Dementia UK
Different Strokes
Down’s Syndrome Association
Duchenne UK
Encephalitis Society
Endometriosis UK
Epilepsy Action
Epilepsy Research UK
Epilepsy Society
Facial Palsy UK
Fight for Sight
Friends of Breathe Arts Health Research
Group B Strep Support
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
Hampshire Medical Fund
Harrow Shopmobility
Harry’s Hydrocephalus Awareness Trust
HeadwayUK
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
HEART UK
Ichthyosis Support Group
Imperial Health Charity
JDRF
Kidney Care UK
Kidney Research UK
London’s Air Ambulance
LUPUS UK
Macular Society
Magpas Air Ambulance
Mencap
Meningitis Now
Moorfields Eye Charity
Motor Neurone Disease Association
MPS Society
MS Society
MS Trust
Multiple System Atrophy Trust
Muscular Dystrophy UK
National Autistic Society
National Kidney Federation
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
Nephrotic Syndrome Trust (NeST)
Northamptonshire Health Charity
Nystagmus Network
Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis
PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide
Parkinson’s UK
PKD Charity
Play2Give
Pregnancy Sickness Support
Pregnancy Sickness Support
PSP Association
Retina UK
Reverse Rett
Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
Sands, Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Charity
Scannappeal
Scleroderma & Raynaud’s UK
Stroke Association
Terrence Higgins Trust
The Haemophilia Society
The Lily Foundation
The Lullaby Trust
The Meath Epilepsy Charity
The National Brain Appeal
The UK Mastocytosis Support Group
Thyroid UK
UK Infantile Spasms Trust
UK Sepsis Trust
University of Birmingham
Versus Arthritis

Amy Winehouse Foundation
Beat
Buckinghamshire Mind
CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably
Combat Stress
CPSL Mind
Dorset Mind
DrugFAM
Eden’s Trust
Edward’s Trust
Kaleidoscope Plus Group
Lambeth and Southwark Mind
Mental Health Foundation
Mental Health Research UK
MIND
Music for my Mind
PTSD Resolution
PTSD UK
Rethink Mental Illness
RIPPLE SUICIDE PREVENTION
Samaritans
SANE
South East and Central Essex Mind
Suicide&Co
The Cares Family
The Lashes Foundation
The Lucy Rayner Foundation
The Survivors Trust
Transform Housing & Support
Vetlife
YoungMinds

ABF The Soldier’s Charity (South West)
Help for Heroes
RBLI – Royal British Legion Industries
Royal Air Forces Association
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity
The Block Armed forces community advice and crisis support cic

ActionAid UK
African Adventures Foundation
CAFOD
Dig Deep
Farm Africa
Frank Water
Medecins Sans Frontieres UK
New Futures Nepal
Refugee Action
Release International
SALVE International
Tearfund
WaterAid

4Louis
Age UK Medway
Amnesty International UK
Care of Police Survivors (COPS)
Centre for Women’s Justice
Centrepoint
Christians Against Poverty
Crisis UK
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance
Family Fund
Friends of Essex and London Homeless
Glass Door Homeless Charity
Humankind Charity
Hyde Charitable Trust
Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity
Refuge
Shelter
Solace Women’s Aid
SPEAR
St Mungo’s
Sue Ryder
Thames Valley Air Ambulance
The Ehlers-Danlos Support UK
The Fire Fighters Charity
The Trussell Trust
WAY Widowed and Young
Women’s Aid Federation of England