Recce Coniston to Buttermere, Sunday 13th November.

You can still register for the recce day this Sunday by GOING HERE. The timetable for Sunday is below:

0630 – Arrive at Buttermere and park.

The coach will be picking up RUNNERS ONLY from the bottom of Newlands Pass (Postcode – CA13 9UZ; what3words – muffin.hats.loom). Please try to arrive in good time before the coaches or you might find your access route blocked whilst the coaches turn around and park.

All runners MUST carry the following kit:

  • First aid kit
  • Full waterproof body cover, top and bottom
  • Spare base layers
  • Head torch
  • Mobile phone
  • Whistle and compass
  • Hat and gloves
  • Emergency foil blanket or bivi bag
  • Emergency food
  • The road book/map – BUY HERE
  • Cup – To cut down our use of single use plastic, you must bring your own cup for water from each checkpoint.

Don’t even consider cheating on the compulsory kit and we’d recommend you take extra. Blacksail Pass and Scarth Gap are the most challenging part of the whole course and the weather may be poor.

0700 – The coaches will arrive at the bottom of Newlands Pass.

Runners will be signed on to the coaches and will be asked to check:-

1. Their contact details for the mobile phone they will be carrying.

2. The emergency contact details.

0730 – Last coach will leave Buttermere to head to Coniston

0915-0930 – The coach will drop runners off at Coniston, John Ruskin School, to start the run. Any runners arriving via their own transport, please check in with the team in Coniston before setting off on the recce.


There will be four checkpoints along the recce route. It is MANDATORY to sign in at each checkpoint. DO NOT stroll past the CP and continue on the course, we will presume you have not yet passed through and it could result in a potential emergency call out.

The checkpoints will be at:

  • Seathwaite (7 miles)
  • Boot (14 miles)
  • Wasdale Head (19.4 miles)
  • Buttermere (26.3 miles)

Food and Drink will be provided at Boot and Wasdale Head. The food will be jelly babies and flapjack and the drink will be water. Carry your own food and drink, the checkpoints are primarily there as a ‘check’ and not a buffet.


As per previous years, there will be strict cut off times implemented. Cut off times are taken from the July cut off times and will be monitored throughout the day. You need to have left the checkpoints after the following times. It’s not fair for volunteers to be stood out in the dark later than necessary, so whilst we hope you enjoy the recce, you should also be capable of hitting the pace you expect to run on race day. Please don’t dawdle and stop for a picnic, or we’ll pull you from the recce and put you in the back (or on the bonnet) of the minibus.

  • Seathwaite Checkpoint – 2.5hours from start
  • Boot Checkpoint – 5hours from start
  • Wasdale Head – 6.5hours from start
  • Buttermere – 10hours from start

If you miss the cut off times you will be taken back to Buttermere via the minibus.


There will be support runners on the course who can be identified by hi viz vest. The last support runner will remain behind the last runner.

We encourage all runners to run in pairs/groups for safety reasons and to mark off points in the route book as you progress.

Disposing of litter on the route will not be tolerated. Please dispose of gel wrappers etc. in the rubbish bags provided at checkpoints.

You must sign in at Buttermere before leaving for home. Don’t drive home and leave us (and mountain rescue) searching for you on the course.


If you experience any major injury that prevents you from carrying on then you must contact 999 and then the organisers. If you are unsure of your location, then contact the organiser first as they will be able to help the paramedics pinpoint your location. The emergency phone number is 07494 029628 – PLEASE SAVE THIS NUMBERS TO YOUR PHONE.

If a runner fails to report to checkpoint within a certain timeframe then the organisers will try to establish phone contact to ensure that they are not in difficulty. Please ensure your phone is turned on. As above, the times are:

  • Seathwaite Checkpoint – 2.5hours from start
  • Boot Checkpoint – 5hours from start
  • Wasdale Head – 6.5hours from start
  • Buttermere – 10hours from start

In the event of a minor injury that prevents you from carrying on there will be a minibus that can take you back to Buttermere. It is unlikely that you will be taken directly back to Buttermere and there may also be a delay in collecting you, so you must be prepared for a long wait & journey.

We look forward to seeing you at the first recce.


Montane Lakeland 100 Team

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