The Montane Lakeland 100/50 :The Real Olympic Games No ratings yet.

It’s all well and good all this activity going on in London, sponsored by a corporations with tenuous links to fitness, but you might fancy a heads up for something a bit more Mud and Routes in nature?  Like the Olympics, the Montane Lakeland 100 and 50 ultra races also  get under way this weekend, and unlike the Olympics are sponsored by a company that’s 100% relevant to the endeavour; Montane.

I ask just one thing – any chance of a photo to see what £1000 worth of Jelly Babies looks like?

This is what they had to say:

Competitors are readying themselves – discussing the merits of one headtorch over another, comparing photos from previous years’ races, pondering over the best shoes for the trails, deciding on the last minute training
runs, checking the weather for the weekend and of course not forgetting the mental preparations.

But it’s the race preparations that are go go go at the moment. Catering for 1,000 ultra runners is no mean feat, especially in the Lake District with its narrow roads, no mobile phone signal and notoriously unpredictable

150 people in total are helping to organise this iconic race, with 60 people to help at the race HQ in Coniston and 90 people spread over the 14 checkpoints. Two truckloads of food is on order (including an order for £1,000 worth of jelly babies), along with approximately 5,000 litres of water for drinking and cooking as many of the checkpoints don’t have running water.

Where there are no buildings available for checkpoint use, the organisers must arrange for marquees or tents, along with other practical features such as portaloos, generators, hot water urns, gas cookers, petrol and cans
and of course, communications links in the form of satellite phones.

And of course, we mustn’t forget the logistics and transport. Organisers must grapple with those picturesque but tortuously twisty and often single-width Lake District roads. Competitors and kit will be transported around
the race route, meaning that minibuses, vans and coaches (and their drivers) have to be scheduled over the course of three days.

For all 1,000 brave competitors, there are also race t-shirts, medals, roadbooks, maps and so on to arrange.

Finally, the icing on the top of the MONTANE® Lakeland 100 and 50 cake is a charitable association with Fix The Fells. “We want to help preserve the wonderful Lake District environment year round, not just for the race
competitors. Last year we raised between £4,500 – £5,000 for Fix The Fells through the 2011 MONTANE® Lakeland 100 / 50. This year we are again supporting this worthy cause, but with a target of £10,000”, said
race organiser, Marc Laithwaite.

The team at MONTANE® would like to wish all competitors, volunteers, marshalls and organisers good luck and hopes to see everyone at the Kentmere checkpoint for our famed fruit smoothies.

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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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