Lakeland Recce Dalemain to Ambleside, 18th June 2023

These are the FINAL DETAILS for recce weekend 4, which covers the course from Dalemain to Ambleside June 18th. The recce itself actually starts from Pooley Bridge, which is a couple of miles further along the course than Dalemain. It’s approximately 27 miles in total. 

The specific times and details are as follows:

Sunday 18th

The coaches will pick up from Miller Bridge town centre car park in Ambleside. To see the location GO HERE. The coaches will leave at 7:30am, please be there 7:15am at latest. The coaches will drop off outside the Crown Inn in Pooley Bridge, to see the location GO HERE. and the first coach will arrive approximately 8:15am. If you are going to Pooley Bridge direct, you will need to locate the marshal at that location and add your name to the list of those running.

There are 4 checkpoints on this section during race day, only 3 of these will be manned for the recce:

1. Howtown (not manned)
2. Mardale (manned)
3. Kentmere (manned)
4. Ambleside (finish) – THE CHECKPOINT IS PARISH HALL

*Based on the above, we suggest that you do not descend the hill to Howtown checkpoint but continue to Mardale (On race day to reach Howtown you have to descend a steep hill for 800m, then retrace your steps back to the route).

What’s available at checkpoints?

We’ve arranged for water bowsers to be at each CP and there will be enough water for 300 runners. There will also be basic food, such as flapjack, Haribo and biscuits.

THERE ARE NO CUPS at each checkpoint. You should bring bottles or soft flasks to carry your water and top these up and the checkpoints.

IMPORTANT: At the checkpoint you must ‘check in’ by telling the marshal your name. Please ensure you’ve been checked off the list so we know you’ve passed through Mardale and Kentmere. You should also ensure you check in at the Parish Hall in Ambleside, or we will presume you are missing. Don’t return to you car without checking in!! 

Cut off times

Please note there are cut off times in place:

  • Mardale Checkpoint – 4.5 hours from start (12:45)
  • Kentmere Checkpoint – 6.5 hours from start (14:45)
  • Ambleside – 8.5 hours from start (16:45)

Other things to consider

You will need to have a map and ideally the road book, which is a written description of the route. If you have GPS, then you can download the route, to help you on the course. The road book and GPS route can be found on the event website HERE. If you don’t have a map and road book, the easiest option is to purchase one HERE

There will be support runners on the course who know the route, you can identify them by their high viz vest (wearing or on their pack).

There will be a medic supporting the day who is contactable via the CP staff. Should you be faced with an emergency which requires mountain rescue, call 999 and provide your location. Our main emergency contact number is 07494 029628 – PLEASE SAVE THIS NUMBERS TO YOUR PHONE., this is for emergency use on the day only, it’s not a general contact number for Lakeland 50 & 100.

There will be a sweeper bus at Mardale and Kentmere should you need to drop out. The bus will wait until all runners have passed through Mardale, before moving to Kentmere and waiting for the final runner to pass through Mardale. It will then go to Ambleside to drop off any runners. Be aware that you will be on the bus for a long time if you choose to drop out and it cannot take you back to Ambleside immediately. 

Remember that FULL KIT is required as per the event itself. Weather may be variable on the day, expect rain and be prepared for low temperatures. 

We look forwards to seeing you all there!


The Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 Team

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