Who’s looking after you… a guide to checkpoints, 1-14

There are 14 checkpoints in total on the 100 course and 6 on the 50 course. Each checkpoint provides you with the opportunity to access food, fluids, toilets, medical cover and sometimes… just an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on.

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Here’s who’d looking after you on the 2019 event.

Checkpoint 1, Seathwaite Village Hall Superheroes

Checkpoint 1 is a quick stop for the 100 runners at Seathwaite Village Hall. It’s staffed by Noanie Heffron and our team. Their theme is superheroes…. bring your own cape.

Checkpoint 2, Corn Mill, Merry Christmas!

For the 100 runners you’ll be facing darkness soon after this checkpoint so this is the perfect place for Petzl and CP manager Martin Bergerud. This year Martin and his team will be feeding, hydrating, supporting and pushing you onwards to Wasdale. Martin is an all round mountain man, runner, cyclist and great guy so you are in safe hands. This year their theme is Christmas.

Visit: http://www.petzl.com/en/outdoor

Checkpoint 3, barn close to Wasdale Inn, Sunderland Strollers

Based in the North East is an immense army known as The Sunderland Strollers. They are regulars at ultra running events throughout the UK, competing or supporting. Many of the members have already taken part in the Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 and they have an elite team ready and waiting for you at Wasdale checkpoint. With Blacksail Pass and Scarth Gap looming, you’ll need ‘lifting’ at the Wasdale CP, the Strollers are the team for the task. The theme this year for Stroller is ‘top secret’ and has not been provided to the Lakeland organising team. To be honest… we’re part excited and part worried.

Visit http://www.sunderlandstrollers.co.uk/

Checkpoint 4, Buttermere Village Hall, Day Of The Dead

Bev & Kim (don’t need to say any more for the regulars) will once again be managing the checkpoint, known for the milkshakes and hot dogs. Their theme this year is Dios De Muertas (the day of the dead).

Checkpoint 5, HMS Braithwaite, The High Seas

Tony and Giselle are at CP5 and that’s probably as much as we need to say for those who’ve done the event before. They’ve been there every year from the start, feeding, supporting and pushing people onwards and they are the first ‘real food’ stop (mains and pudding!!). Tony and Giselle have been long distance runners and walkers for many years and have racked up more LDWA events that they’ll serve hot meals in July. If anyone complains, you will be made to walk the plank as the pirate team running HMS Braithwaite will not take any abuse from slackers.

Checkpoint 6, Blencathra Centre School of Rock

Trawden AC are the crew in charge of Blencathra, the most Northern Checkpoint on the course. The theme is ‘School of Rock’ and they are ready to drive you onwards… it’s tradition that NOBODY drops out at Blencathra and Trawden AC will keep you moving!

Checkpoint 7, Hardmoors Team

Checkpoint 7 is found at the end of the old coach road, in a deserted car park, usually in the early hours of the morning and that’s why you’ll be pleased to see them. Jon Steele and the Hardmoors team will be manning the checkpoint, Jon has completed the 100 himself a total of 5 times, so he knows how you’re feeling…

Visit: https://www.hardmoors110.org.uk

Checkpoint 8, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

The ‘half way stop’ for the 100 course which is in fact not half way at all and it is the start of the 50 mile event. Dalemain is manned by the familiar face of Angela Bardon and this year they are themed as the ‘mad hatters tea party’. Lakeland 100 runners… you mustn’t be late…

Checkpoint 9/1, Bobbin Mill, Tour de Lakeland

The first CP for the 50 runners and you’ll have barely broken sweat. After a great trail along Ullswater you drop to Howtown for the first stop and then start the first real climb up Fusedale valley. The checkpoint is managed by Rick Gilchrist and his theme is Tour de Lakeland.

Checkpoint 10/2, Mardale Head Car Park, Mardale Sparta

Delamere Spartans are a collective of trail runners who shun tarmac in favour of adventure and good times in the great outdoors. The brotherhood of Sparta is a bond that cannot be broken. 

Treacherous Persians cower (NB: not many Persians at Mardale) as the Spartans find glory through their victories. Witness their banner at races, from the friendly Lakes of the North to the burning pit of hell known as the South (their words not ours, for our Southern friends reading this). They are the Delamere Spartans, what’s your occupation?

Visit: http://www.delamerespartans.org.uk/

Checkpoint 11/3, Kentmere Institute, Mountain Fuel Disney Land

Kentmere is staffed by our friends at Mountain Fuel and they’ll welcome you to their beach party! This year’s theme is Disney, which is fortunate as one of them is mini and one of them if goofy. You might want to hang around here for a while to rest, but you really need to let it go… let it go… 

Visit: www.mountainfuel.co.uk

Checkpoint 12/4, Parish Hall, Ambleside Circus

Checkpoint 12 is Ambleside Parish Hall and the stop is managed by Nics Nordic Walks

Reaching Ambleside is a great landmark so you’ll be glad to reach the parish hall and you’ll welcome the relief. Some of you will reach Ambleside before last orders, no stopping in the pub please, it’s not in the spirit of the event…

Visit: https://nicsnordicwalks.co.uk

Checkpoint 13/5, Chapel Stile Air

Chapel Stile is staffed by Nikki Knappet (De La Napsack) and her team. Their theme is ‘Come Fly With Me’ and they will be serving in-flight snacks and drinks from the trolley. Please read your safety card before arriving and when you’re ready, you may leave by any of the exits which the cabin crew will identify. If you’re knackered at this point, oxygen will fall from the compartment above you. 

Checkpoint 14/6, Tilberthwaite, Jacob’s Ladder

This year the Checkpoint will be managed by our regulars Janet, Lisa and Dave. Jacob’s ladder is named after a young boy who we supported last year, fundraising for cancer treatment. We’re continuing the Jacob’s Join theme in aid of child cancer. Bring a £1 and before you climb the steps, drop it in the bucket.

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