Kong Adventure To Organise 10Peaks™ in 2019
We are delighted to confirm that Kong Adventure will be taking over the organisation of 10Peaks™ The Lakes and 10Peaks™ Brecon Beacons with immediate effect.
After two years at the helm of 10Peaks™, Shane Ohly from Ourea Events has confirmed today that ownership of the two events has been transferred to Keswick based Kong Adventure.
Kong Adventure organise the popular Kong Winter Fell Series in the Lake District and have a fantastic climbing wall and outdoor shop in the centre of Keswick. Kong Adventure is owned by the highly respected Cumbrian fell runner Paul Cornforth.
Shane Ohly explained his reasons for transferring the races to Kong Adventure, “I have really enjoyed organising 10Peaks™ but, despite my best intentions, our focus at Ourea Events is continually drawn back to our large international events – Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race®, Cape Wrath Ultra® and Salomon Skyline Scotland™ – which demand our near constant attention. I can’t see this changing, and after two years it is important to reflect on the very best interests of the 10Peaks™ events, and the reality is that they need someone organising them that is really focused on their success if they are to continue to grow and blossom to their full potential. I am no longer the best person for the job.”
Shane continued, “Once I had made this realisation my main priority was to hand over to someone that shared a similar ethos to me, had the experience to manage the events, and would be a safe pair of hands… whilst at the same time injecting some renewed energy and focus!”
The Lakes was the first 10Peaks™ event set up by Paul Smith in 2010, before Mark Bottomley joined Paul in 2013 and took charge of the Brecon Beacon’s 10Peaks™. Paul and Mark continued as a team organising the two races until 2017 when Ourea Events™ took over the management. The enduring popularity of the events has sustained them year to year with cracking courses that take on some of the best mountain running in the Lake District and Brecon Beacons National Parks.
Paul Cornforth from Kong Adventure said, “We are very excited to be taking over these two fantastic events from Ourea. With the Lakes event starting on our doorstep, we felt it was just too good an opportunity to miss. We are looking forward to supporting the 10Peaks™ events and the regular participants who love the tough and challenging races. With our experience of organising the Kong Winter Fell Series and a lifetime of fell racing we will be really focused on the long-term success of the two 10Peaks™ races. We can’t wait to welcome all the regulars to Keswick in June 2019.
Entries for both the 2019 10Peaks™ events will open shortly.