The La Sportiva Lake District Mountain Trial

  • Classic mountain navigation race over challenging terrain in the Lake District. 

  • Entry fee is £18.50 (£1-50 discount if you use your own SI card)

  • The entry fee for anyone Under 23 on the day of the race is £5.00 (with free loan of an SI card if you don't have one).
    This is possible thanks to Ted Lowthian's bequest.

  • Pre-marked waterproof maps included in entry fee

  • On-the spot results

  • Electronic punching and scoring using the SportIdent system

  • Post race food and informal get together to discuss the day’s proceedings are included in the entry fee!

  • Wide range of prizes

  Nature of the The La Sportiva Lake District Mountain Trial

The Trial is an annual event held at different venues in the Lake District in mid-September. It is considered to be one of the major events in the fell-runner's calendar. All courses will be severe tests of route choice, navigational skill and stamina in difficult mountain country. Competitors on the Classic route will often cover 25 miles with 8000 feet of ascent and descent. The Medium route will be shorter (about three quarters of the Classic distance). Owing to the severity of these courses, applicants are vetted for fell-running experience.

The Short Trial caters principally for novices over 18 years old and veterans over 60. The course will about half the length of the Classic. Applicants must have experience of running or walking in the mountains and good navigational skills. There is a Pairs category on the Short course.

For all courses there is a mimimum age of 18 for single runners. Over 14's may compete as part of a pair on the Short course if the accompanying runner is at least 21.

The Lake District Mountain Trial is a fell race run under Fell Runners Association Rules.


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