The La Sportiva Grand Tour of Skiddaw
The La Sportiva Grand Tour of Skiddaw is a 44 mile trail ultra race taking in the beautiful Northern Lake District with a climb up the mighty Skiddaw at the approximate halfway point, giving a total of 7136 feet of ascent. The route is almost entirely run on public footpaths and bridleways, starting and finishing at Lime House School near Dalston. It then follows the River Caldew, winding through fields and woods until you reach Caldbeck. From here, the scenery changes to the stunning and remote feeling Caldbeck Fells, where you make your way past Skiddaw House to the car park at Latrigg. The climb up Skiddaw follows, after visiting the summit you contour round passing through Orthwaite, Branthwaite and Fell Side before the route brings you back to Caldbeck and the return journey to Lime House School along the banks of the River Caldew.
The La Sportiva Grand Tour of Skiddaw 2016 will give 2 old or 4 new points for the 2017 Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®. The qualifying races give points for every race of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®, not just for the UTMB®.
The La Sportiva Grand Tour of Skiddaw takes place on Saturday 3rd September 2016, with the race starting at 8am. All of our runners are welcome to stay over and bring their dancing feet to the Post Race Party on Saturday night hosted by the Newark Brewery...
The Start and Finish venue is the beautiful Lime House School, Holm Hill, Dalston, Cumbria, CA5 7BX. The school is set in it’s own impressive grounds which will provide parking and camping for our runners for the entire weekend. There will be showers, toilets and catering available.
The La Sportiva Grand Tour of Skiddaw is an unmarked route with 4 Checkpoints supplying drinks, snacks and kind words. The Checkpoints will be located at Caldbeck Parish Hall, a marquee adjacent to Latrigg car park, Peter House Farm and again at Caldbeck Parish Hall. The runners will be supplied with a written description of the route in the Route Notes which will be printed on waterproof paper and include a marked map, OS 1:50. All runners will receive soup and drinks at the Finish.
There will be cut off times enforced at all 4 Checkpoints. These are based on a generous 22 minute/mile pace. Any competitor who hasn't LEFT the checkpoint by the cut off time will be timed out and not allowed to continue in the event.
Caldbeck 1 - 3 hour cut off - 11:00
Latrigg - 7.5 hour cut off - 15:30
Peter House Farm - 10 hour cut off - 18:00
Caldbeck 2 - 13.5 hour cut off - 21:30
Finish - 16.5 hour cut off - 24:30
The route notes, map and gpx file are available to download below. Please note that there will be a small diversion this year between Bell Bridge and Sebergham, due to the flood damage from Storm Desmond. The diversion will be included in the 2016 Route Notes and the gpx file has now been updated.
We are offering optional live tracking in 2016 via Open Tracking. Each participant or team carries a small tracker which transmits their location to the Open Tracking website. Their latest position and the overall route are displayed on a map which updates automatically. During the event viewers can select a participants' or team name and look at the detailed route they have taken. The trackers can be hired during the online registration.
Enter The Event?
The La Sportiva Grand Tour of Skiddaw is open to runners aged 18 years or over on race day. Due to the nature of the race we advise that runners are experienced marathon and ultra distance runners with some basic navigation skills.
Entries are only available online. There are no postal entries available. You must provide a valid email address for all race correspondence. All online payments are safe and secure.
Online entries will receive an email confirmation of entry. All runners will receive a pre race email approximately two weeks prior to race day with all 'on the day' information. All runners will collect their race number at Registration. Entries will close at midnight on Monday 22nd August. There will be no entries on the day.
Solo - £45
Pair - £90
Join us on Sunday 14th August for a chance to recce parts of the race route with fellow competitors and 'test drive' some of La Sportiva's range of trail shoes. The team from La Sportiva will be on hand with a selection of their brilliant trail running shoes for you to test on the recce run, plus lots of advice - come and try the shoes and pick their brains.
Rupert Bonington from Mountain Fuel will be onsite - come along to sample the Mountain Fuel range and ask Rupert any re fueling questions. Rupert will also be joining us for the recce run and offering any GTS Recce Day runners further online discounts...
Based at George Fisher, 2 Borrowdale Road, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5DA, the recce run will start and finish here, giving you plenty of time to shop for any extra kit you may need.
There will be a £10 fee for the Recce Day to cover any logistical costs (food and drink and the possible hire of a mini bus), any excess monies after costs will be donated to Fix the Fells, charity no: 205846. All details and online entry can be found here
Registration will open on Friday 2nd September at the Sports Hall, Lime House School, from 5pm-10pm and again between 6am-7am on Saturday 3rd. All runners must provide a photo form of id (drivers licence, passport) and their vehicle registration number, if parking onsite at Lime House School. All runners will collect their race number, event t shirt and SI Timing Card at Registration and then proceed to Kit Check. Every runner, including Pairs, must have their Kit checked at Registration; any runner found to be missing any items from the Mandatory Kit List will not be allowed to compete.
Mandatory Kit List?
The following items MUST be carried during the event. There will be a Kit Check for ALL runners pre race and post race spot kit checks. Any runner found not to be carrying the FULL Mandatory Kit List will be disqualified. This rule is for the runners’ safety, which is our main priority.
- Waterproof jacket and trousers with taped seams. Windproof or showerproof will not be accepted
- Spare long sleeved base layer top
- Hat and gloves
- Head torch plus spare batteries
- Mobile phone (fully charged)
- Route Notes and Map (supplied on waterproof paper)
- Emergency Foil Blanket or Bivi bag
- First Aid Kit to include blister plasters, sterile dressing and tape as a minimum
- Mug or cup
- Sufficient food and drink. The runners will be self sufficient between Checkpoints
Free parking is provided for one vehicle per runner onsite from Friday to Sunday.
Where to stay?
Camping is provided @ £5 per night for one tent/campervan per runner onsite from Friday to Sunday pm. Lime House school must be vacated by 9pm on Sunday 4th. All camping fees will be donated to Eden Valley Hospice. If sleeping under the stars isn’t your thing check out www.golakes.co.uk or www.caldbeckvillage.co.uk for places to stay locally.
There are prizes for the first, second and third male and female solo runners and the first, second and third pairs. We also have a few spot prizes! There will be a Prize Presentation held in the Sports Hall on Sunday 4th September, at 12 noon. The prizes will be presented by Mr Billy Bland, legendary fell runner and record holder for the infamous Bob Graham Round. Billy completed the Round in 1982 in an incredible 13 hours and 53 minutes!
Post Race Party?
Cram your feet into your dancing shoes (or lounge about with your feet up, we don’t mind) and join us at the Post Race Party! Hosted by the Newark Brewery it’ll be a chance to let your hair down, replace those lost calories and swap race stories!
First Aiders will be available at the Start/Finish and there’ll be mobile First Aiders around the route.
We regret that runners are not allowed to run with their dogs. This rule has been enforced by the Lake District National Park Authority due to the SSSI nature of Caldbeck and Uldale Commons.
The La Sportiva Grand Tour of Skiddaw and Lime House School both support the Eden Valley Hospice, who provide high quality specialist palliative care for those with a life limiting illness. A passionate and dedicated team combined with a friendly environment contribute to the effective control of symptoms and the relief of distress.
We also support Keswick Mountain Rescue who currently have 45 volunteers who are available 24/7, 365 days per year to assist those in distress and lost on the mountains. Online donations will be available during the online entry process.
The 2014 Results are available here
The 2013 Results are available here
The 2015 Results are available on the Results page.
We will be happy to offer a 50% refund of the entry fee up until 2 months prior to The La Sportiva Grand Tour of Skiddaw or a transfer to the following year. After this time we regret that we will not be able to provide any refund, transfer or credit either in part or in full, whatever the circumstances of the entrants' non-attendance.
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