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Lakes Mountain 42

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Lakes Mountain 42

Lakes Mountain 42

  • Saturday ~ 9th April 2016
  • Now in it’s 4nd year
  • A classic mountain running event
  • Starts/Finish: Askham, Lake District
  • 42 miles of Lakeland summits, fells and dales 

2017 Results

LM42 Overview –  2017

Under hyped and aimed solely at those with good mountain running and ‘hill skills‘….this is no tame trail race! You will be going over mountain summits, on an unmarked course, so some navigational skills will be required. Expect a very tough mountain trail route including the summits of Helvellyn and High Street, on a variety of terrain but predominately Lakeland mountain paths.  The route follows a natural line taking in High Street and Helvellyn and is not too difficult to follow, with good basic navigation skills.  The total number of entries will be limited, (max 100) as per our responsible event management ethos, so don’t miss out! Total distance will be around 42 miles with around ten thousand feet of ascent. An early dawn start at 6.00am will set you up for a daylight completion … if you can!

What you need to know:

Entry Route Details 2015 Results
Kit Check Route Description Location


Entries  open now via sportident

Route Description

The start will be from Askham at 6.00am. Unlike ‘TdeH’, ‘LM42’ has a mass start so as to appease those racing snakes amongst you who like share banter or exchange steely glances with your peers. Spring time in Lakeland means the weather could be doing anything and dusk may come early on a gloomy evening, but we expect the majority of runners to take around between ten to twelve hours, with some racing the sun home on a fifteen or sixteen hour day ….? (ie, Don’t miss last orders in The Queens!) This is a tough route for mountain runners. The inaugural 2013 event proved that the course is destined to become a classic, and with our track record from the Tour de Helvellyn, as well as GL3Day (our previous production) you can be assured of a good hard day out!  Whether you are training for The Fellsman, Lakes 50/100, UTMB, The Spine Race, or a BG this will be a big tick in your training log.


Lakes 42 - a wintery April in 2013 Start / Finish – Askham Community Centre GR 513 237

1) 457 182 Loadpot – Trig Point (manned)

2) 441 110 High Street – Trig Point

3) 417 144 Angle Tarn – Large Boulder on ‘Isthmus’ *

4) 394 160 George Starkey Hut – A592 / track junc (drinks+)

5) 324 136 Wythburn Church Carpark – (drinks+)

6) 342 152 Helvellyn – Trig Point

7) 337 166 Whiteside – Summit Cairn

8) 394 160 George Starkey Hut – A592 / track junc (drinks+)

9) 406 169 Place Fell – Trig point

10) 435 191 Martindale Church – sign by front gate

Unmanned controls must be ‘self-clipped’.

‘drinks+’ = hot and cold drinks and some small ‘nibbles’ – expect savoury and sweet but no gels or sports drinks.


* An Isthmus is a ‘narrow neck of land joining two large bodies of land’

A mixture of mountain paths, trails and tracks, and the occasional bit of tarmac provide a logical route between checkpoints. You are welcome to take any route between checkpoints, as long as it’s ‘legal’, ie, does not cross private land, uses rights of way through enclosed farmland.  You have free route choice over open access land. Manned Checkpoints in Bold will be staffed – 1, 4, 5, 8. Other controls will be unmanned. You must self-clip your control card at all Checkpoints. Three main road side checkpoints will re-supply you with food and drink, and there will be our infamous ‘Soup Plus’ on arrival back at the finish. A Control Description Sheet will be issued at Registration on Friday evening /  Saturday morning. A bad weather route may be used if conditions are extreme.

Kit – Full winter running gear required!

This is high and exposed mountain running; therefore you need to wear or carry good mountain running safety gear. Waterproof jacket and trousers (no uncoated pertex)  winter weight long sleeved thermal base layer, long thermal leg covering, spare fleece or primaloft jacket. Warm hat and gloves, mug and/or drinks bottle, head torch, compass, whistle, map  (your choice), food and drink, survival BAG, (not a blanket please) First Aid kit advised.

Askham / Accommodation

Askham is a great venue being on the edge of the National Park, with a range of local accommodation options, and good rail connections via Penrith. You can also book a bit of floor space at Askham Community Centre for Friday night, if you wish, ready for the early start.


Registraton will be open at Askham between 8:00 and 10:00pm on Friday and again from 5.00am on Saturday. Parking is limited but adequate at Askham Centre , if we all park considerately.  Please co-operate. To arrange car sharing try posting on our NAV4 Adventure facebook page.  Penrith has a mainline rail station just five miles away. Askham Community Centre will be a quiet zone between 11.30pm and 5.00am as people will be sleeping.


The total number of entries will be restricted in line with our own ethos of responsible event management. Entries are now available … so don’t miss out. Training  / Recce Opportunities Although the course is unmarked, the navigational skills required are not too difficult. We are hosting a recce run on Sunday 26th March, which will cover the first and last parts of the route. This is a great opportunity to run with Joe (Race Director and NAV4 Adventure guru) and ask any questions about the LM42 or other NAV4 activities. The cost is just £20 which includes the use of the village hall for parking, toilets and tea or coffee at the start.  Alternatively, you could enhance your skills by booking yourself onto one of our excellent ‘Mountain Running Skills‘ training days or ‘Mountain Running Essentials‘ weekend on 29th Sept -1st October  2017.