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Great Lakes

A rough, tough classic


Saturday June 27th 2020

AL 21 km 2130 m

What a monster! This one definitely takes you for a big day out into the wild western Lakes. 13 miles and a Simon Booth course record considerably longer than that of Borrowdale gives you some indication of what lies in store!

The route is packed with variety and includes much ground new to fell racing. After an eyeballs-out ascent of The Band to Bowfell, the route makes a high-level summit-hopping circuit of Upper Eskdale, including the two highest peaks in the Lakes: Scafell Pike and Scafell. There follows a crossing of what feels like Middle Earth, forging a path from Slight Side to Blisco fast running over the trackless reaches south of Great Moss. On a clear day it’s magic, but if the clags in then the map will definitely need to be out. The final descent from Blisco is notably steep if you choose to take it head-on.

Please note that Ambleside AC do not allow the use of certain GPS functions for navigation in their races, in line with FRA rules. Before you enter, please read our rationale and details of the rules here

Start time: 11:00am

Pre-entry is £7 on FRA form to the organiser or £10 on the day


Ben Abdelnoor


The Hollies, Miller Bridge, Ambleside, LA22 9LJ

07896 151179


Waterproof jacket (with hood) and trousers, hat, gloves, compass, whistle, map, food, emergency food and anything else you might need to survive on the high fells (more clothes, survival blanket etc.).

Navigation and mountain survival skills essential!


  • Start at Stool End Farm NY 276 057
  • Bow Fell summit NY 244 064
  • Esk Pike summit NY 236 075
  • Great End summit NY 225 084
  • Scafell Pike summit NY 215 072
  • bottom of Foxes Tarn Gully NY 212 066
  • Sca Fell summit NY 207 064
  • Slight Side summit NY 210 050
  • Pike of Blisco summit NY 271 042
  • Finish at Stool End Farm NY 276 057


  • M : 2:37:31 Simon Booth, 2009
  • L : 3.03:45 Kelli Roberts, 2019


2019 318 runners (report here)

2018 48 runners

2017 49 runners (report here)

2016 74 runners (report here)

2015 72 runners (report here)

2013 55 runners

2012 301 runners

2011 85 runners

2010 81 runners