Nature of the Lake District Mountain Trail

For history of the Lake District Mountain Trial

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  History of the Lake District Mountain Trial

The Lake District Mountain Trial was started in 1952 by the Lakeland Regional Group of the Youth Hostels Association as part of their twenty-first anniversary celebrations.

The first Trial started in Langdale, the runners ascending Bowfell, Esk Pike and Scafell Pike in turn and then descending by the corridor route to Styhead. From Styhead the route went up Great Gable, with the return route to Langdale by way of Rossett Gill. Later Trials took a different fixed course, but this was known in advance by the runners. The distance was normally about 29 kms and competitors were started at intervals. Most competitors wore heavy footwear. A women's race was also organised in 1953 and 1954, the route going up Rossett Gill to Esk Pike, over Bowfell and down the Band.

In 1956 the Lancashire Evening Post sponsored the event and a new organising committee was formed by the late A H Griffin. Representatives were drawn from mountain rescue teams, the Outward Bound Schools, mountaineering clubs and the Youth Hostels Association. The objective was 'to encourage among fell walkers and mountaineers the highest possible standard of safe and fast traverse of difficult mountain country'. The course was lengthened and the rule that competitors had to be members of the YHA no longer applied. A radical change in the event was made by keeping the course secret. The competitors were given an Ordnance Survey National Grid Reference for the first checkpoint. The other checkpoint references were revealed as they made their way around the course. In later events the competitors were started at intervals and given the grid references for the whole course a little way after the start In 2003 maps were issued already pre-marked with the course. The Lake District Mountain Trial became the first event in England to be run regularly on orienteering principles, a decade before the sport became firmly established in this country.

The Trial is now organised by the Lake District Mountain Trial Association which was formed in 1965. Membership of the Association is open to everybody who has an interest in the event. The Trial has grown from fewer than 50 competitors in the late Fifties to the present numbers. The women's event was revived in 1978 as a separate race. The severity of the event demands that all competitors are required to have the experience to cope with poor conditions. On some occasions the weather has been diabolical but the event has never been cancelled on the day due to bad weather, although it was shortened for safety in 1978 and 2004.

The principal sponsor, Lyon Equipment, is committed to ensuring that the Trial retains its unique and traditional character among the Lake District fell events. The Association is committed to ensuring that the Mountain Trial will continue the tradition of a friendly event; never easy, sometimes desperate, with top fell runners and mountaineers finding it a sufficient test of stamina and skill for completion of the course to be reward enough. The more persistent are able to collect a special certificate for completing 21 classic trials (Men) or 15 medium or classic trials (Women).

 

  List of the top completions

List of top Classic completions (including 2017) (opens new window)
List of top women's completions (including 2017) (opens new window)
Full List of Total completions (including 2017) (opens new window)
Lists prepared October 2017. Please notify info@ldmta.org.uk of any mistakes.

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  PREVIOUS VENUES AND RESULTS

1950 -

1960 -

1970 -

1980 -

1990 -

2000 -

 

1960
Wasdale Head

1970
Kirkstone Pass Inn

1980
Stonethwaite, Borrowdale

1990
Seathwaite, Dunnerdale

2000
Duddon Valley

 

1961
Wasdale Head

1971
Kings Head Hotel, Thirlspot

1981
Hartrigg Farm, Kentmere

1991
West Head Farm, Thirlmere

2001
No Trial - Foot and Mouth Disease

1952
Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Langdale

1962
Ullswater Hotel, Glenridding

1972
Woolpack Inn, Eskdale

1982
Steel End Farm, Thirlmere

1992
Seatoller, Borrowdale

2002
Buttermere Youth Hostel

1953
Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Langdale

1963
Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Langdale

1973
Travellers Rest Inn, Grasmere

1983
Coniston Village Institute

1993
Threlkeld

2003
Fell Foot, Little Langdale

1954
Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Langdale

1964
Greenside Youth Hostel, Glenridding

1974
Coledale Hotel, Braithwaite

1984
Glencoyne Farm, Ullswater

1994
Buttermere Village

2004
Kings Head Hotel, Thirlspot

1955
Honister Hause

1965
Travellers Rest Inn, Grasmere

1975
Newfield Inn, Seathwaite in Dunnerdale

1985
Dalegarth, Eskdale

1995
Hartrigg Farm, Kentmere

2005
High Tilberthwaite Farm, Tilberthwaite 

1956
Seathwaite in Borrowdale

1966
Woolpack Inn, Eskdale

1976
New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Langdale

1986
Braithwaite

1996
Stool End Farm, Langdale

2006
Seathwaite, Borrowdale 

1957
Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Langdale

1967
Howtown Hotel, Ullswater

1977
Sykeside Farm, Brotherswater

1987
Travellers Rest, Grasmere

1997
Coniston Village Institute

2007
Hartsop, Patterdale 

1958
Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Langdale

1968
Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Langdale

1978
Gatesgarth Farm, Buttermere

1988
Hartsop

1998
Wasdale Head

 2008
Eskdale. No Trial - Parking Field waterlogged

1959
Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Langdale

1969
Wasdale Head

1979
Low Beckside Farm, Mungrisdale

1989
Wasdale Head

1999
Grasmere

 2009
Eskdale

2010 -

2010
Kentmere village





 

2011
Mungrisdale





 

2012
Stair, Newlands Valley





 

2013
Borrowdale. No Trial - Cancelled due to extreme weather





 

2014
King George V Playing Field, Patterdale





 

2015
Longthwaite Youth Hostel, Borrowdale





 

2016
Newfield Inn, Seathwaite, Duddon Valley





 

2017
Gatesgarth Farm, Buttermere





 

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  PREVIOUS WINNERS

Year

Classic course winner

Classic course women's winner

Medium course women's winner

Classic Course Team

Medium Course Women's Team

1952

R Moore               

  

  

Leyland Motors

 

1953

R Moore               

  

J Allsebrook

Leyland Motors

 

1954

J.Hand

  

H Myers

Carlisle Holiday Fellowship

 

1955

J.Hand

 

  

Border Harriers

 

1956

J.Hand

Jane Buckley

  

Border Harriers

 

1957

R.Shaw 

  

 

Border Harriers

 

1958

J.Hand

  

 

Clayton-le-Moors

 

1959

E.W.Dance

  

 

Clayton-le-Moors

 

1960

J.D.Oliver

  

 

Clayton-le-Moors

 

1961

G.Brass 

  

 

Preston Harriers

 

1962

G.Brass 

  

 

No team finished

 

1963

P.Hall

  

 

Barrow AC

 

1964

P.Hall

  

 

Barrow AC

 

1965

M.P.Davies

  

 

Barrow AC

 

1966

J.Naylor

  

 

Kendal AC

 

1967

M.P.Davies

  

 

Southern Navigators

 

1968

C.R.Fitt 

  

 

Pendle Forest Orienteers

 

1969

J.Naylor

  

 

Kendal AC

 

1970

M.P.Davies

  

 

Kendal AC

 

1971

J.Naylor

  

 

Kendal AC

 

1972

J.Naylor

  

 

Kendal AC

 

1973

J.Naylor

  

 

Kendal AC

 

1974

J.Naylor

  

 

Kendal AC

 

1975

J.Naylor

  

 

Kendal AC

 

1976

J.Naylor

  

 

Kendal AC

 

1977

J.Naylor

  

 

Kendal AC

 

1978

W.Bland       

  

R.Coates

Borrowdale FR

 

1979

J.Naylor

  

R.Coates

Kendal AC

 

1980

W.Bland    

  

R.Coates

Keswick AC

 

1981

M.Hudson

  

S.Parkin

Keswick AC

 

1982

W.Bland    

  

R.Coates

Keswick AC

 

1983

M.Hudson

  

V.Mason

Keswick AC

 

1984

W.Bland 

  

V.Thornton

Keswick AC

 

1985

W.Bland 

  

S.Parkin

Keswick AC

 

1986

W.Bland 

  

J.Smith

Keswick AC

 

1987

W.Bland 

  

S.Parkin

Keswick AC

 

1988

M.Fanning

  

S.Haines               

Keswick AC

 

1989

M.Rigby

  

H.Diamantides

Clayton-le-Moors

 

1990

W.Bland 

  

S.Parkin

Clayton-le-Moors

Lakeland OC

1991

W.Bland               

  

C.McNeill

Kendal AC

Ordnance Survey

1992

G.Bland               

  

S.Parkin

Borrowdale FR

Keswick AC

1993

G.Bland      

  

S.Parkin

Borrowdale FR

Ambleside AC

1994

G.Bland      

  

J.Cory-Wright

Borrowdale FR

Ambleside AC

1995

J.Davies

  

E.Moody

Kendal AC

Ambleside AC

1996

P.Clark  

  

A.Brand-Barker

Kendal AC

WCOC

1997

M.Seddon

  

A.Brand-Barker

Kendal AC

 

1998

M.Rigby               

  

N.Lavery

Borrowdale FR

 

1999

G.Bland

  

S.Parkin

Borrowdale FR

 

2000

P Clark  

  

S.Parkin

Kendal AC

Rucksack Club

2001

No trial - Foot and Mouth Disease

2002

B Bolland

  

A.Brand-Barker

Kendal AC

Rucksack Club

2003

M Hayman

  

E Cowell

Borrowdale FR

Dark Peak FR

2004

G Bland

  

N Davies

Borrowdale FR

Borrowdale FR

2005

I Powell

  

P Whitehouse

Borrowdale FR

Ilkley Harriers

2006

J Bland

  

A.Brand-Barker

Borrowdale FR

 

2007

Jim Davies

  

Karen Nash

Borrowdale FR

 Ambleside AC

2008

No Trial - Parking Field waterlogged

2009

Steve Birkinshaw

  

Helen Whitaker

Dark Peak FR

 Dark Peak FR

2010

Rhys Findlay-Robinson

Helene Whitaker

Kate Cooper

Borrowdale FR

 South Ribble OC

2011

Tom Brunt

Helene Whitaker

Wendy Dodds

Dark Peak FR

 Clayton-le-Moors

2012

Rhys Findlay-Robinson

Catherine Evans

Tessa Hill

Dark Peak Fell Runners

 South Ribble OC

2013

No Trial - Cancelled due to extreme weather

2014

Hector Haines

Jasmin Paris

Kirsty Bryan-Jones

Dark Peak Fell Runners

 Ambleside AC

2015

Rhys Findlay-Robinson

Nicky Spinks

Kirsty Bryan-Jones

Dark Peak FR

 

2016

Neil Talbott

Mary Gillie

Charlotte Watson

Dark Peak Fell Runners

 

2017

The Short Trial went ahead as planned. The Medium and Classic Trials were stopped after about 2/3rds of their length due to bad weather. 10 people did complete the full Medium course. Prizes were distributed. Trophies for the Classic were not awarded.

Chloe Haines

 

 

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