Detailed information

Overview

The 10Peaks™ Lakes race is a run/trek visiting a predetermined list of peaks in a set order taking place in the Lake District, Cumbria. The course is unmarked so you will have to navigate yourself and be confident doing so day or night. The Short Course includes 7 of the 10 highest peaks and 3 additional mandatory peaks, The Long takes in all of the 10 highest peaks and includes 2 additional mandatory peaks. Both courses have a 24 hour cutoff.

When

The 10Peaks™ Lakes race will take place on Saturday 24th June, 2017.

Registration will be in Keswick (venue TBC) and will be open on Friday 23rd June between the hours of 18:00 and 23:00. Registration will NOT re-open on Saturday morning.

Long course competitors will start at 04:00 on Saturday morning and must finish by 04:00 on Sunday.

Short course competitors will start at 05:00 on Saturday morning and must finish by 05:00 on Sunday.

Where

Race headquarters will be in Keswick (venue TBC)

The start, for long and short course competitors, is Swirls Car Park (base of Helvellyn).

The finish for all competitors is race HQ.

Please take time to look at the following guide from the Lake District National Park Authority to ensure continued enjoyment for everyone.

Participants_Guide

Categories

All events are open to solo competitors however we do encourage competitors to join up with others, especially for the night sections and during bad weather.

There will be prizes for the first 3 male and first 3 female finishers for both courses.

Navigation

This is a navigational event and all competitors must be experienced at navigating in the mountains using a map and compass, in darkness and bad weather. Competitors may use GPS devices for navigation but must still carry a map and compass (and know how to use them!).

Waterproof maps Harvey maps will be provided and will have the full route marked on them, showing the peaks, mandatory checkpoints and feed stations. The suggested route will have already been plotted on the map for you and you are advised to follow it. You are ultimately responsible for your own route choice however, so are free to choose an alternative (so long as all peaks are visited in the correct order and you check in at all checkpoints and feed stations). Any areas marked out of bounds must be avoided. Entry into these areas will result in disqualification.

Competitors may carry their own maps in addition to (not instead of!) the issued one.

Out of Bounds

There are four out of bounds areas on the route. None of which apply to the Short Course. Long Course OOB are Broadstand, Lord’s Rake* and Windy Gap*.
*Lord’s Rake and Windy Gap can be used for competitors arriving at Scafell Pike before 9am. These are sensitive areas that are currently being overused but the NT are kindly allowing the leaders to use these routes to give people a fair chance at the course record.

Registration

Registration will take place in Keswick (venue TBC) on Friday 23rd June between the hours of 18:00 and 23:00. On no account should any competitor attempt to start the race without having registered and obtained their race number. At Registration you will be required to show proof of identity.

You will be issued with the following –

  • Race number and safety pins (this should be placed on your rucksack or other prominent place where it will be visible at all times)
  • Harvey map with route and checkpoints pre-marked
  • 10Peaks™ T-shirt
  • A GPS tracker (to be returned)
  • SI Timing Dibber

The Start and Race Briefings

The start of the Long and Short Course is at Swirls Car Park. The long course event will start at 4am and the short course will start at 5am. In both cases runners will start just ahead of the walkers. There will be a short race briefing 15 minutes before each start.

Please fill up your water bottles/ hydration packs before you board the coaches at Keswick as water is not available at Swirls car park.

Transportation

Included in the entry fee are coaches that will transport competitors from Keswick to the start. These will depart at 03:15 Saturday for the long course competitors and 04:15 for the short course competitors. It is only about a 20 minute drive to Swirls Car Park (the start).

There will be a minibus available at Honister YHA for those who are unable/ unwilling to continue. For a charge of £5 you can be transported from Honister back to race HQ (please note that this option is only available at the Honister feed station). All proceeds from the minibus will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mandatory kit

Every competitor will be required to carry (or wear) the following items for the duration of the race. Random kit inspections may be carried out during the event and at the finish. Competitors found not carrying the full mandatory kit may be disqualified. This is for your safety and we will not compromise on this list –

  • Map (issued at registration)
  • Compass suitable for mountain navigation
  • Water carrier (bottles or bladder)
  • Waterproof Jacket with a hood and taped seams
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Hat or buff
  • Head Torch and spare batteries
  • Survival bag (NOT A BLANKET)
  • Mobile phone
  • Whistle
  • Food to eat on the move
  • Suitable footwear for mountain use (no road running shoes)

The following additional items are recommended –

  • Warm top
  • Plastic cup
  • Money for food, taxi etc
  • Watch
  • Altimeter
  • Purification tablets
  • Plasters and blister kit
  • Walking poles
  • Sun cream
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Race Numbers

You will be given your race number at registration and this must be pinned to your rucksack so that it is visible at all times. You won’t be able to get any water or food without one.

Feed stations

There are a total of 5 aid stations along the route. Clif Bar energy bars and gels (a limited supply) and Clif Shot Electrolyte Drink, as well as water, bananas and possibly the odd cake or two will be provided where possible. CP2 and CP3 are remote mountain top aid stations and will not have any food supplies, just water. Please ensure that you are carrying sufficient food supplies to be self-sufficient on the course.

Water will be supplied from canisters at all the feed stations and this water may be sourced from natural springs up on the mountains. Whilst we will do our best to source clean water (and in most cases it will be better than tap water) there is a very small chance of contamination. If you are concerned about this we would recommend you add purification tablets to the water.

At Honister, there will be a feed station that will serve a couple of hot dishes, Tea, coffee and the usual energy products. Competitors will also have the option of leaving a small, carefully labelled kit bag at registration for the organisers to forward to this feed station, in which you can pack spare clothing and food etc. Bags will be returned to race HQ once all competitors have passed through the feed station.

Checkpoints and cut-off times

Each peak, checkpoint and feed station will be manned by marshals. You must check-in with the marshals at every one of them, giving your name and race number.

Once all competitors have passed through a checkpoint it will be closed down.

For safety reasons there will be some cut-off times at a few checkpoints on the long course which competitors will have to meet. Those competitors that are competing in the long course race but fail to meet these cut-off times will be required to switch to the short course. The cut-off times will be set nearer the date, when conditions can be assessed. This is a safety measure that has been put in place to ensure that most competitors cross the finish line. At this feed station those long course competitors that are having a bad day will also have the opportunity of voluntarily switching over to the short course. This must be notified to the marshals at the time.

All long course competitors that switch to the short course during the race (either voluntarily or by missing the cut-off time) will not be eligible for prizes if they happen to be one of the first 3 finishers on the short course.

The checkpoints are located here:

Start – Swirls car park: 3150, 1690
CP1 – Steel End car park: 3210, 1305
CP2 – Esk Hause: 2325, 0805
CP3 – Beck Head: 2045, 1070
CP4 – Honister YHA: 2250, 1355
CP5 – Nichol End Marine 2540, 2280
Finish – Keswick FC Club House 2660, 2395

Medical and emergencies

Medical crew will be on hand to provide first aid. There will be mobile units out on the course, ready to respond to any emergencies, and some of their team members will be situated at various key checkpoints providing support to competitors as they pass through.

Competitors are asked to assist another competitor that is in distress. The assisting competitor will be credited for time lost.
 All competitors are required to carry a mobile phone. In the event of getting lost or injured, where there is no assistance on hand, use your phone to contact race HQ where you will receive advice on what to do. If you are in a life threatening emergency dial 999.

If you are lost (and all attempts to confirm your whereabouts have failed) and you have no mobile phone reception, head downhill, following a track, stream or road until you have phone reception or obtain outside assistance. Inform race HQ as soon as possible.

Race HQ will attempt to monitor all competitors’ whereabouts by regular contact with checkpoints on the course. Missing competitors will be searched for, so to avoid unnecessary work for our marshals and support partners, please contact race HQ as soon as you have realised that you have made a big navigation error that will result in you falling behind on schedule.

Marshals

Please give all marshals the respect that they deserve. They are all volunteers and without them the race could not go ahead. Marshals will have been issued instructions on what to do in certain events. Please adhere to their requests at all times. If you wish to volunteer to marshal, please get in touch.

Prior experience

These events are very demanding! The short course is not as easy as the name would suggest and we will only allow those with relevant skill and experience to take part. The long course is only for those competitors that have competed in similar challenges, are very experienced in navigation in mountainous environments, in all weathers (and in the dark), and are fit. In previous years, we have had anything from 60% to 100% drop out rates (yes, in 2010 not 1 person finished the Lake District race!) and we urge you to take this as a warning.

Maps

The map is scale 1:50,000 and has very useful 1:25,000 details of Scafell (covering peaks 3 to 7) and Pillar (peak 8 or 9, depending on route choice). It is essential that you carry this map for the duration of the event. As mentioned previously this will be provided at registration.

Weather

Conditions in the Lake District can change very quickly. You will need to be prepared for conditions ranging from 30°C and clear sky, to high winds and driving rain and visibility down to less than 10 metres. Please consider that Honister is the wettest place in England! Please see the following links nearer the time for weather forecasts:
www.mwis.org.uk/
www.metoffice.gov.uk/

Kit Bag

If you would like to leave a kit/food bag at registration on Friday evening we will ensure that it is forwarded to Honister feed station for you to access during the event. It is up to you to label it clearly and ensure that it is waterproof if necessary. We will do our best to keep an eye on your bag, but any bags are left at your risk and we will not be held responsible for any losses. We will transport your bag back to the base in Keswick after check point 4 closes. Kit bags must not exceed 40cm in length.

Event Rules

General Event Rules for all Ourea Ltd Events:

1.    The Participant must abide by the Event rules as laid out below by the Organiser. Ignorance of these rules by the Participant is no excuse and failure to comply with these rules will result in disqualification from the Event. In the event of disqualification the Participant maybe required to leave the Event and travel back to the start at their own expense. In these circumstances no refund of the Participant’s entry Fee will be given.

2.     The Golden Rule. Once registered, each Participant must download their SI data at the Event Centre before departing regardless if they have retired or not (or even not started). This is our check to account for everyone being safely off the hill.

3.    All Participants are expected to enter into the spirit of this mountain running race and not seek to gain any unfair advantage.

4.    Participants must comply with our basic safety rules and obey any reasonable instruction given by an event official.

5.    On open hills and mountains, which are generally defined as Access Land, Participants may cross walls or fences but are encouraged to use gates and stiles where available.

6.    On agricultural and farmland, Participants must follow rights of way, established footpaths and tracks and must NOT cross walls and fences except at designated crossing points, gates and stiles.

7.    Any Participant seen dropping litter will be disqualified.

8.    Participants must comply with the ‘Equipment List’ and carry all mandatory items as specified. Any breach of the mandatory kit list will result in disqualification.

9.    Any Participant who acts in a manner that brings the Event into disrepute or endangers another competitor, marshal or member of the public will receive a life ban from Ourea Ltd events.

Specific Event Rules for The 10Peaks™ Lakes Race:

10.  Any Participant that fails to visits all the checkpoints, in the correct order, will be automatically ranked below another competitor who has, regardless of their overall time.

The Finish

The finish will be at race HQ. There will be someone at the football club throughout the event to give you your medal. You must complete the course to get a medal. If you are muddy on your return please try and shake off some of the mud before entering the building!