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The Coniston 14 is probably the most beautiful road race in Britain. Each year it attracts some 1600 runners and has a reputation for being one of the best organised small races in the country. The Race is organised by an enthusiastic committee of volunteers from Coniston village.
Starting from Hawkshead Showground (postcode LA22 0NN), the 17km Hawkshead Trail Race and 17km Hawkshead Trail Challenge follow a circuit along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways takes in panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding peaks of the Coniston Hills, the Langdales and most of the Lakeland fells. Underfoot conditions are generally good, for those used to off-road running. Check out the slide show of the course. The 17km Hawkshead Trail is split into TWO events - the Challenge, for less competitive runners, novice trail runners and those who want to take it easy and enjoy the views. The Challenge sets off at 13.00pm and you get an hour extra to complete the course. The Race sets off at 14.00pm and is for competitive runners, with winners prizes and a shorter time limit.
Ensure your bike is in a roadworthy condition for the route, brakes are particularly important on the descents! Print a route card and description to bring with you, the route is well marked but this will act as a back up and also has the emergency contact numbers. Bring tools, spares and some money, there is a sweeper wagon but you need to ensure that you can get back if you should have mechanical difficulties. It is compulsory that you wear a hard shell cycling helmet (ANSI standard or similar).
A carnival atmosphere is guaranteed for both spectators and competitors, with live music, race commentary, food and drink all available at the start and finish. So, whether you're new to trail running, an experienced athlete, or simply looking for an unforgettable day out in the Lake District, a family-friendly, festival atmosphere and some amazing trail running awaits you!
The route takes the main road to Hawkshead and runs through the centre of the village, which is a great vantage point to watch the runners passing through. Or cheer the runners as they cross the finish line on the front lawn of Brathay Hall on the shores of Lake Windermere.
Sat30May20209:00 amGrasmere Sports Field
You start the day by registering at the `event hub` on the Grasmere Sports Field. Car parking will be free to all registered competitors. Then, from the designated `muster points` on the field, you will be `piped` to the start line, a short walk through the village of Grasmere. The route then leaves the village, initially along a C road before leaving to climb through Deer Bolts Wood and then onto the stunning `Loughrigg Terrace`. Continue along and over the shoulder of Loughrigg, passing the dramatic Rydal Cave and then return to Grasmere via the inspiring shorelines of Rydal Water and Grasmere.
Attracting around 10,000 participants every year, the great North Swim is the UK's biggest open water swimming event. Held on Windermere across three days, participants are offered the chance to take part in half-mile, one-mile, two-mile or five-kilometre swims, setting off in waves of approximately 300 every half an hour. The course starts and finishes on dry land with a run or walk into the water and swimmers can relax safe in the knowledge that expert kayakers and safety boats are with them, every stroke of the way.
The Fred Whitton Challenge is a gruelling 112-mile sportive ride for charity around the Lake district, run in memory of popular Lakes cyclist Fred Whitton. It starts and finishes at Grasmere Sports Field and the route includes the climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott and Wrynose Passes. Over 1,700 riders in last years event battling unseasonably wintry weather conditions.
Starting and finishing at Coniston Hall Landing Point, on the shores of Coniston Water (LA21 8AS), the Lakeland Trails Marathon takes in a complete circuit of Coniston Water along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways. Taking in the idyllic beauty spot of Tarn Hows, and the elevated Beacon Tarn, the whole course gives panoramic views of Lake Coniston and the surrounding peaks of the Old Man, Swirl How, Wetherlam and Dow Crags. Described by Runners' World magazine as 'the most scenic trail Marathon in Britain' this event is quickly becoming a classic European trail marathon.
Alongside a full programme of talks and demonstrations, visitors can also learn where their food comes from; there will be a full programme of talks and demonstrations with a wide variety of trade stands. There will be a wide range of children’s activities and entertainment, pets corner and ‘Meet the Farmer’, sheep shearing demonstrations, music and dance, grow your own area, crafts, Beer Festival, wedding fare, with a companion dog show, sheep dog trials and terrier racing on Sunday.
Flower-covered variously-shaped rush structures called Bearings are paraded through the town to the accompaniment of a brass band; once the Market Place is reached, the Bearings are raised in the air and the Ambleside Rushbearing Hymn is sung before the procession carries on to St Mary’s Church by about 3.15. Gingerbread is distributed after the short church service, and there are childrens sports and a Fell Race later in the day.
From here the route heads to Matterdale and continues over to Haweswater before returning via Kentmere, Ambleside and Elterwater to the finish at Coniston. The route does not pass over any of the 'popular' Lakeland summits. Instead, it weaves it's way through stunning valleys, coutours picturesque fells and cuts it's own line through the amazing Lakeland topography. The Lakeland 100 will take you to places in Cumbria you may never have visited before and it's likely you'll wonder why.
Fri24Jul2020Sun26Jul202011:00 amConiston, Ambleside
The route starts from the Northern end of Ullswater within the grand Dalemain Estate before following the Eastern shore line as far as Howtown. A quick climb and descent followed by a trek along the banks of Haweswater sees you at Mardale Head. The route from here visits Long Sleddale, Kentmere, Ambleside, Langdale and Tilberthwaite before the final climb and descent to the finish at Coniston. It is a truly amazing route and you will visit places that you never knew existed, places which are ignored by the masses..
Sat25Jul2020Sun26Jul20209:00 amGrange over Sands
For 47 years, the Cumbria Steam & Vintage Vehicle Society Ltd has been bringing together vintage vehicles from across the world to Cark Airfield in Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands, for one massive summer gathering. A huge colourful and noisy weekend event with a variety of entertainments, the Steam Gathering will feature splendid steam engines and vintage commercial vehicles, as well as hundreds of classic transport favourites including cars, motorcycles, bicycles, agricultural and industrial tractors, farm equipment and stationary engines. This year we are pleased to be able to welcome members of the Ford and Fordson Association who will stage their annual Expo display at Flookburgh. The display, which aims to highlight the varied output of the Ford Motor Company, mainly in respect of their contribution to agricultural mechanisation, is now in its tenth year and this will be the first time that this event has been staged in this part of the country. For fans of blue (and green and orange, with possibly a few grey) tractors, this is an occasion not to be missed
For 204 years, locals and visitors to Ambleside have enjoyed watching and taking part in this traditional Lakeland Sports Day. The attractions for this years event will include: Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, Hound Trails, Foot & Cycle races, Fell races, Children's races, Catering marquee and Licenced marquee.
The Rydal Show also has over 20 trade stands offering country life shopping including clothing and accessories, art and displays. A licensed bar will be open from 11am - 7pm and food will include full catering using local produce from a seated catering tent, as well as sandwiches, cakes, Cumberland sausage and burgers.
Sun30Aug202010:00 amAmbleside Sports Grasmere
The Grasmere Sports & Show takes place on Bank Holiday Sunday 30th August 2020 at The Showfield in Grasmere. It's one of the longest running Lake District sports events and is now in its 170th year. Grasmere Sports features traditional sports from Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling to fell running and hound trailing.