The story of the ML100/50 race anthem

Completing the gruelling 105 miles of the Montane Lakeland 100 within the 40 hours time limit requires runners to travel through at least one full night, often 2. Hallucinations are common amongst competitors and in 2012 one runner was convinced that he had passed opera singer Paul Potts (Britain’s Got Talent TV Show winner), who was humming the famous Nessun Dorma, from Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot, the time. The relevance of this story is that Nessun Dorma translates as ‘none shall sleep’ which seemed appropriate given the circumstances of the runners. Roll forwards 12 hours and during the Sunday presentation party, a Twitter conversation with Paul Potts, reveals that it was in fact him on the course and not a hallucination at all…. much to the amusement of those tired souls who attended the presentation.

Such was the relevance and popularity of this story, in 2013 we adopted Nessun Dorma as the official Montane Lakeland 100 anthem, to be played at the start line. What was intended as a humorous act became an emotional moment. Runners and families were silent as the anthem played and there were a few tears shed for the epic challenge they were about to embark upon.

Following that moment in 2013, our anthem was set and it’s now part of the event history. Each year we invite an operatic tenor to sing Nessun Dorma and this year (2017) singer Chris Lafferty  will be performing live at the start line as the 10th annual Lakeland 100 race starts and the racers begin their 105 mile epic journey across the beautiful Lake District.

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