THE ICONIC MONTANE LAKELAND 100 & 50 TURNS 10
The legendary Montane Lakeland 100 & 50 ultra distance races celebrate their 10th birthday this year.
It might be hard to believe, but the inaugural Montane Lakeland 100 & 50 ultra distance trail races (ML100 & 50) first took place 10 years ago.
The very first line up consisted of 72 intrepid racers ready to set out. In a testament to the strength of the event, its notoriety and the all-encompassing sense of achievement, 10 years later, race organisers (Epic Events) see places sell out in a matter of minutes and a cap on race numbers is set at 1,200 participants. It’s fair to say that the ML100 & 50 races have taken their place firmly in the trail running Hall of Fame.
And not only have the races themselves swelled in numbers over the past 10 years, but the army of volunteers has hugely increased also. Family members, previous and potential runners marshal checkpoints, run registration and other crucial event logistics in a huge show of support. The organisation of the event too is like a military operation starting months beforehand. Checkpoint catering, transportation, timings, health and safety arrangements…all carefully planned and executed.
In tandem, the ways in which spectators can engage with the event have evolved dramatically. If you can’t attend, you can track competitors live as they battle their way up and down the Lakeland fells and contend with unpredictable weather conditions and terrain.
And if you prefer more to-the-minute information on race developments, you can also keep abreast of the latest updates via Montane’s social media platforms. As well as regular posts, there will be live content, so stay tuned!
To give you a visual taster of the sheer scale and effort of this legendary ultra distance event, check out the official race video from 2016.
Race videos from previous years can also be viewed here.
Amongst the legends racing this coming weekend, we at Montane are particularly proud of our Team Montane athletes who are stepping up.
Jayson Cavill, Ari Veltman and Jenn Gaskell will form part of the Team Montane cohort this year. Jayson and Jenn are no strangers to this event. In 2016, Jayson absolutely smashed the course record for the ML50 distance at 07:38:48. This year, he will be crossing to the ML100 to attempt a double win. He’s got stiff competition – the record for the 105 mile route currently stands at an insane 19:50:37, set by Terry Conway. Jayson commented: “I am really excited about being part of the ML100 this year. After doing the 50 for the past two years, it is a big step into the unknown for me. I am looking forward to sharing the trails and running on such a fantastic route while quietly intrigued to see how I respond to the inevitable hard times as well as the fun ones too. Let the adventure begin!” Track Jayson using race number 60.
Having completed the brutal 205 mile Montane Tor des Géants in Italy last year, Jenn is back to take on the ML50. Due to illness she was forced to abandon earlier race attempts, so now with 205 miles under her belt combined with a recent podium finish this year at the Xreid in Norway, she will be coming back with a vengeance. Track Jenn using race number 404.
Ari meanwhile, has yet to experience the trials and tribulations of the Lake District in summer. From Israel, this unwaveringly cheerful ultra runner originally took up trail running to lose weight, quickly becoming hooked. Starting from nothing, he more than achieved his goals, completing the 2016 TDG and has become a trailblazer for ultra running around the world on social media. Track Ari using race number 343.
Terry Stephenson, Montane’s marketing manager, commented of the ML100 & 50: “We are immensely proud to have been headline sponsors of such an iconic endurance event since its inception. To reach 10 years old and have achieved such a widely recognised status is phenomenal. We very much look forward to what this year’s race will bring and for many more races to come.”