There’s lots to do for your friends and family in Coniston and we very much encourage them to come along and enjoy the atmosphere. If you’re competing in the 50 miles event, we very much encourage you to arrive Friday afternoon and join us for the iconic Lakeland 100 start, followed by the children’s fun run.
Here’s some of the things you need to know beforehand:
1. Camping is free for competitors, paid for within your entry fee. Subject to any last minute issues, we also allow your family to camp with you free of charge. All we ask is that you don’t abuse this rule and bring 20 supporters, each with a tent. Competitors are our priority so please be fair. The camping is for you and your immediate family.
2. The cafe, bar and coffee shop are open throughout the weekend, closing at 11pm Friday. Your family will be able to greet you at the finish line and food / refreshments will be available right through Saturday evening to Sunday morning. We’ll have live music on Friday evening 7:00 – 10:30pm and everyone is welcome.
3. There will be a live screen in the marquee which shows the anticipated finish times and progress of all competitors. This will not be available from 11pm Friday to 8am Saturday, but will be available right through Saturday night into Sunday evening.
4. Your family and friends can track you using both Sportident and Open Tracking. Sportident will show live arrival times at each checkpoint. Competitors will have a ‘SI Card’ and as they reach each checkpoint, you will log your arrival. Your family can use the Sportident system to see the time you arrive at each checkpoint, but it will not show where you are ‘between checkpoints’. Open Tracking is a GPS system which operates live, so in theory, your family should be able to use Open Tracking to ‘dot watch’ and see exactly where you are at any time on the course. However, this is signal reliant and for that reason there are several ‘dead spots’ on the course, where it may appear that you have not moved for a lengthy period of time, due to no signal. In the week prior to the event, we will publish links to both the Sportident and the Open Tracking pages, these will be accessible on our homepage throughout the weekend.
5. The Lakeland 100 starts Friday 6pm after our traditional live rendition of Nessun Dorma. Make sure you are there for the 100 start, the streets are lined and it’s an amazing spectacle. The Lakeland 001 starts Friday at 6:30pm from the main gantry. It’s a free 1 mile fun run to Coniston Lake and back. We encourage all the children to take part, no matter what age and family members are very much encouraged to join them!
7. The Lakeland 50 starts at 11:30am on Saturday from Dalemain Estate. Your family can drive there (you can opt for coach transport, but this is for competitors only). Your family are also welcome to join you for the first 4 miles of the 50 route, as you’ll complete a 4 miles loop and the pass the 50 start point. If they don’t want to join you, they can watch you start and then cheer you through at the 4 mile marker! Parking is free at Dalemain for family and spectators.
8. Event briefings and presentations will be held in the school hall. Can we please ask that friends and family DO NOT attend the briefings as it will prevent other people from accessing the hall. EVERYONE is welcome to attend the presentation on Sunday.
WHERE CAN FAMILY SPECTATE ON THE COURSE? – IMPORTANT PLEASE READ
Every year we have lots of spectators asking us where to go to support runners. Spend a bit of time with your family planning where to meet them and your anticipated time of arrival. You should also plan the route between meeting points as the Lakeland roads can be tricky and navigating can be more stressful for your family than it is for you as a runner. If you don’t know the lakes, it can be extremely stressful for family members and children trying to navigate the roads to meet you at checkpoints. Whilst you are enjoying the race, ensure that your family are also enjoying the experience by planning ahead.
Here’s some things you need to know:
1. With the exception of the first 4 miles round Dalemain estate, supporters cannot run on the course with you, this is deemed outside assistance.
2. Supporters MUST NOT enter the checkpoint buildings, CP staff will ask them to leave as they generally ‘get in the way’ of other competitors and CP staff.
3. VERY IMPORTANT – There are specific points on the course where they can watch you. We have agreed with local councils, National Trust and National Park to avoid key areas. Permissions are very delicate and the future of the event is never guaranteed. If your supporters go to these areas to watch you, it may result in a disqualification. The specific areas where supporters can watch as as follows:
- Coniston (start and finish – please do not support in village centre after midnight as this can upset local residents)
- NO SPECTATING AT CP1 SEATHWAITE
- NO SPECTATING AT CP2 BOOT
- CP3 Wasdale (specifically from Wasdale Inn)
- NO SPECTATING AT CP4 BUTERMERE
- NO SPECTATING AT CP5 BRAITHWAITE
- Keswick – back of Fitz park before climbing Latrigg and on A66 approaching this point
- NO SPECTATING AT CP6 BLENCATHRE
- NO SPECTATING AT CP7 DOCKRAY
50 & 100 Course
- CP8 Dalemain Estate (parking available and friends / family of 50 competitors may join you for the initial 4 miles loop)
- Pooley Bridge – main village (100 & 50 competitors)
- NO SPECTATING AT CP9/1 HOWTOWN
- NO SPECTATING AT CP10/2 MARDALE
- NO SPECTATING AT CP 11/3 KENTMERE
- CP12/4 Ambleside – main village (100 & 50 competitors) *can spectators please avoid entering the Parish Hall checkpoint. Ambleside is a key location for spectators.
- Skelwith Bridge Hotel
- Elterwater village – BE QUIET IF IT’S LATE
- NO SPECTATING AT CP 13/5 CHAPEL STILE
- NO SPECTATING AT CP 14/6 TILBERTHWAITE
What is our recommended plan?
If you are taking part in the 50, our recommended plan is that your family watch you at Dalemain then go directly to Ambleside. Driving to Howtown, Mardale and Kentmere is an awful trip, especially if you don’t know the roads and it’s also not allowed as a spectator point, don’t ruin their weekend by asking them to chase you round the course, most likely missing you at each point or being turned away by event staff. They should drive to Ambleside via A66 and turn left at St John’s in the vale, to avoid the Kirkstone Pass. If they leave Dalemain at 12:30pm, they will reach Ambleside at 1:30pm, runners arrive from mid/late afternoon onwards, most are arriving in the evening. There’s plenty for them to do in Ambleside and it is also the best atmosphere on the route! From there they could move quickly and drive to Skelwith Bridge Hotel to see you at the road crossing, before moving on to Coniston.
100 runners, there’s no spectating on the West (aside from Wasdale Inn) and it’s a Hellishly dangerous drive if they attempt to go over Wrynose and Hardknott in the dark to see you. Keep your family safe, let them watch the start and then Saturday morning, arrange to meet them in Keswick as you pass through on your way to Blencathre CP. They can then head over to Dalemain and there’s plenty of opportunity to see you there. From Dalemain, the same applies as above for the 50 runners. Ambleside via the A66 and St John’s in the vale, quickly to Skelwith Bridge and then to Coniston.
It Is extremely difficult for us to police the above regulations so we are asking you as a competitor to take responsibility, help us to ensure the race runs as smooth as possible and also to ensure that the event continues to take place many years from now. Every year a small number of people think the rules don’t apply to them and send their friends to every checkpoint and every year we have someone being rude to checkpoint staff when they’re told they are not allowed in. We’re not trying to spoil your enjoyment, we’re trying to ensure that you get the best help at each checkpoint without someone else’s family getting in your way. More importantly we’re trying to keep residents and landowners happy to guarantee the future of the event. We also need to ensure that your family are safe and that they don’t attempt a perilous journey. Keep it simple and ensure they enjoy the weekend as much as you undoubtedly will.
13 weeks to go people…. crack on.
Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 Team