Scafell Sky Race™ - 40km/2900m
Technical terrain, exposed single track and high octane mountain running. This is Sky Racing™. This is the Scafell Sky Race™.
Register in Ambleside at the University of Cumbria, the hub for the Lakes SkyRunning Weekend™, on the Saturday and watch the Lakes Sky Ultra™ runners finishing after 56km of pure mountain running/scrambling and 4500m of ascent over extremely technical terrain. Have some food and enjoy the atmosphere, immerse yourself in it completely. Then head out for a couple of beers in town or get an early night.
Meet at the University of Cumbria lower carpark for 09:30 to load onto the coach and set off at 09:45 to be transported to Seatoller at the head of the Borrowdale Valley. This is a very scenic coach journey right through the heart of the English Lake District.
The start is situated at the head of the Seathwaite Valley at Seathwaite Farm.
Its a 20 minute walk/jog.
The race will start at 09:00 prompt.
Starting at Seathwaite Farm you head up past the infamous 'Sour Milk Gill' waterfalls, so named as they run white, like sour milk. From here the track winds up into the Gillercomb Valley and past Base Brown to the summit of Green Gable. A short and sharp drop brings you to the 1st checkpoint of the day in Windy Gap, the col between Great and Green Gable, descend NW down scree to weave your way around the waist of Great Gable using excellently technical single tracks and run past the Napes Needle, 1st climbed by William Hasket-Smith who did it solo and performed a handstand on the top just for fun, back in 1886!!
Next you arrive at Sty Head Pass and start one of the most classic and technical ascents of the Scafell Massif, the 'Corridor Route', this brings you directly to the summit of the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike. Once summited, you turn North East and head over the Massif to the summit of Great End across wonderfully technical boulder fields and with this gained you start your way towards the Great Langdale Valley via Esk Pike, Ore Gap. Almost summiting Bow Fell you then drop down a technical scree descent to bring you onto one of the best single tracks in the Lakes, weaving under Cambridge and Flat Crags using what is called the 'Climbers Traverse', bringing you out onto the 'Band' and you descend directly into Great Langdale and to the only feed station on the race at the infamous ‘Old Dungeon Ghyll’ pub.
Fueled up and ready to rock, head directly up behind the pub towards Raven Crag and then pick up the 'climbers path' that leads to Gimmer Crag and then diverting off this above White Crag to wind you way through Dungeon Ghyll picking up the path to take you to the top of Harrison Stickle and then back down to Stickle Tarn.
Now wind your way along great single track over the lower fells on the Northern side of the Great Langdale Valley to the summit of Silver Howe, overlooking Grasmere and real Wordsworth country. Continue along single tracks to cross Red Bank road and back up to the summit of Loughrigg fell and weave over the Loughrigg Common on perfect single tracks again to the aptly named 'Lily Tarn' for your final descent into Ambleside and your glory finish at the University of Cumbria, Ambleside Campus.
Cut Off's and Course Closure:
There will be a cut off time at the feed station at the Old Dungeon Ghyll pub, this will be 15:00, this is based on a participant travelling at an average of 4.75km per hour, if you don't think you can make this cut off, please don't enter the race. Should you find you are behind time and are cut off here, then there is a regular bus service back to Ambleside.
The course closes at 17:30, again this is based on runners moving at 4.75km per hour. Over the terrain travelled, this is a reasonable speed to assume that runners will be able to make the cut off and course closure, assuming their fitness is reasonable.