The Lakeland 50 is one the greatest ultra running and walking challenges in Europe, perhaps the world. It is run over the second half of the Lakeland 100 Ultra Tour of the Lake District, completing the final 50 miles of the 100 course. As it's only half of the Lakeland 100 course it's the easy option....right?
That's the first and worst error you can possible make!
The sights ahead are amazing. You can see for miles all around. Other runners stop for a breath, something to eat and drink. We settle for a selfie and Steve takes more GoPro footage...
I munch on a babybel cheese and have some my trail mix (pine nuts, pistachio, cashews)
We start our run across High Kop and head down towards Low Kop where the track will lead down to Fordingdale Bottom and follow the Lakeside ridges until reaching the next checkpoint.
Steve had a fresh smoothie that a Witch was making. It looked great but too heavy and sweet for just now. I suffer bad GI distress and learnt the hard way what I can and cannot eat when doing Ultra.
It would be great at the finish but just not for now...
The guys are keen to keep on moving as daylight is against us now and we should reach Ambleside by dark if we move quicker.
They are all ready and we head on up the lane and back onto a track to the hills
The track soon meets rubble and slated stones. We cannot run for long as it is tough navigating over them safely and without tripping over.
I take to the edges nearer the wall as there are some grassy patches to the ground. Few and far between but much safer than the middle and risking turning my ankle or falling.
The guys are taking it extra cautiously down here, I can see the sheer concentration on Steve's face where he places his feet.
This sharp slated track feels forever before it eases off and becomes more gravel and grassy.
I am looking forward to returning to the Lakes again for more adventures and to the Monane Lakeland event to run.
I couldn't have done this as enjoyably all alone and it made it all the more special with Steve and Nick for the adventure!
We are Lakeland Family now!...