RACE INFO AND RULES
THE LAP: 6am every 2nd Saturday in September
THE LAP - SPRING FORWARD: 6am every 2nd Saturday in May
THE LAP - DOUBLE-TAP: 6am every 2nd Saturday in May
SPRING FORWARD 2021 - CLOCKWISE
THE LAP 2021 - ANTI-CLOCKWISE
DOUBLETAP - BOTH WAYS
THE LAP - SPRING FORWARD: £80.00
THE LAP : £80.00
THE LAP - DOUBLETAP: £150.00
Enter two events and receive a 10% discount off the cost of both
The entry limit for THE LAP & SPRING FORWARD is 300
The entry limit for the DOUBLETAP is 150
THE LAP 2019 was a UTMB Qualifying Race worth 3 Points.
THE LAP 2020, SPRING FORWARD & DOUBLE-TAP have been submitted for assessment as a UTMB Qualifying Race.
Check here for more info on qualifying for a UTMB place.
Minimum age to participate in THE LAP & THE LAP SPRING FORWARD is 16 years on the day of the event.
Minimum age to participate in THE DOUBLETAP is 18 years on the day of the event.
YMCA National Centre, Lakeside, LA12 8BD.
Directions by road:
Leave the M6 at Junction 36, follow the A590 and signs for Barrow-in-Furness.
Approximately 18 miles after leaving the motorway you will reach the Newby Bridge roundabout. Take the first exit for Barrow and then the first right turn over a bridge and past the Swan Hotel. Lakeside is sign-posted three miles along this road on the right.
THE LAP will be signposted to Race HQ.
Directions by Rail:
South Lakeland is linked to all mainline services. The nearest station is at Grange-Over-Sands which is connected with the stations of Lancaster and Carnforth on the West Coast Line making it an easy destination from London, Scotland, or continental Europe.
It is also possible to reach Lakeside from the east of Britain by taking the picturesque Leeds to Lancaster line that also connects at Carnforth. From Grange-Over-Sands station, road transport to Lakeside is required from Grange.
Due to the impact of the Corona Virus Pandemic, The YMCA had been forced to effectively close the door at Lakeside until lockdown lifts. They have however agreed to open for our event. All staff have been furloughed but one manager is available on Monday mornings, and will also reply to emails.
Accommodation and camping bookings have been paused but may reopen again. keep an eye on there website or contact them directly for more information. . Because of this, we will be providing an area in the car park for sleeping in your car. Toilets will also be provided in this area with a protocol for their safe and legal use. This will come at a cost to the event, but you will not have to pay or book to sleep in your car in the car park
Tents will not be allowed in the car parks. This will be a sleeping in your car area only, for this year only.
All event staff will be sleeping in their vehicles also. Not that we allow anyone to sleep during our events.
We recommend vehicles no longer than 6m on site. This ensures easy access and plenty of room for everyone.
Toilets and showers* will be available at HQ for everyone to use. (*Showers available after the race only)
Other accommodation options in the area are coming online for bookings all the time at the minute and we expect more in the coming weeks
Registration opens on the Friday before each event from 6pm - 11pm for everyone.
Registration will not open on Saturday for any reason.
START is at 06:00 sharp and everyone must be in position on the start-line at 05:45 for the race briefing.
All gates to the venue and parking will be locked at 05:45 to prevent traffic entering the site, as we use some of the gravel road infrastructure for the start of our route.
It is your job to be there in time!
You must register at Race HQ where you will receive your route map, race number, tracker and any other information you may need.
You will also need to bring your race vest, pack or bumbag so that we can attach your GPS tracker.
You will need to bring a form of photo ID to take part. This can be a photo-card driving licence, passport or any other identification that has your photo on it (no ID, no start).
Prizes from DYNAFIT and MOONLIGHT
FIRST WOMAN: FIRST MAN:
SECOND WOMAN: SECOND MAN:
THIRD WOMAN: THIRD MAN:
Everyone will receive a bespoke finisher medal.
Timing and results will be provided by OpenTracking.
A map will be provided on waterproof paper with the full route marked on it plus all feed stations and bag drop.
THE LAP & THE LAP - SPRING FORWARD:
Distance - 47miles/72K.
Elevation - 2,500m ascent/descent.
Surface - 95% trail/singletrack/path - 5% country roads.
THE LAP - THE DOUBLE-TAP:
Distance - 94miles/152K.
Elevation - 5,000m ascent/descent.
Surface - 95% trail/singletrack/path - 5% country road.
DISTANCE BETWEEN FEED STATIONS:
YMCA (Start) - Far Sawrey: 11km/396m+
Far Sawrey - Skelwith Bridge: 13km/462m+
Skelwith Bridge - Troutbeck: 11km/820m+
Troutbeck - Cleabarrow: 11km/341m+
Cleabarrow - Cote Hill (Water Only): 8km/238m+
Cote Hill - Finsthwaite: 14km/486m+
Finsthwaite Hall - YMCA (Finish): 4.5km/169m+ (only a ParkRun between you and the finish at this point but there's a sting in the tail up to High Dam!)
A GPX file of the route will be sent out to entrants before the event.
We will be sending out the May GPX on the 12th of April.
The route will be heavily way-marked from the head of each trail, road crossing and at all trail junctions. There is no better waymarked ultra in the country!
For a full kit list click here. All competitors must carry the full kit list at all times. Random kit checks will be carried out at the start, finish and could be carried out at any time out on the course. Failure to adhere to the kit list without good reason will result in an instant DNF.
Your number must be securely attached on your front and clearly visible or easily presented at all times (if under a jacket in adverse weather).
The barcode must be clearly visible so we can record an accurate finish time.
A race belt is a great way to attach your number. Please do not attach your race number to your pack or race vest, you will be asked to move it if you do.
This is a small box, about the size of a matchbox, which we will attach to your rucksack/vest strap (the tracker needs to be able to detect a GPS signal).
The trackers allow us, and your followers online, to see your progress around THE LAP.
The tracker needs to be external to your pack to ensure a consistent signal.
They are only to be attached or removed by race officials.
The best menu in ultra. There will be 4 feed stations positioned around the route and 1 full aid station with bag drop at halfway in Troutbeck. All feed stations will be fully stocked with water, energy drink, energy bars, gels and fruit. The Halfway Aid Station will also have hot food to cater for all preferences and allergies.
RACE HQ will also be equipped with hot food and a life station for DOUBLETAPPERS, including cots and blankets. Comforting hugs are extra.
Finishers meal is included in your entry and a preorder menu will be sent out prior to the event. You must preorder your finishers meal.
All leftover food from the event will be given to King's Food Bank in Kendal to distribute as they see fit.
You have 24 hours to complete THE LAP & SPRING FORWARD but, cutoffs come into force from the halfway aid station in Troutbeck.
You must have left feed stations by the following times:
Troutbeck - 17:00
Brant Fell- 22:00
Finsthwaite - 03:00
You have 36 hours to complete THE DOUBLETAP but, cutoffs come into force at the aid station in Troutbeck.
You must have left feed stations by the following times:
Troutbeck - TBC
Brant Fell- TBC
Finsthwaite - TBC
If you do retire from the race you will be expected to:
Report to an event marshal at one of the feed stations.
Give them your name, race number & tracker.
Make your own way back to the finish at YMCA Lakeside.
Ensure that you bring enough money for a taxi or bus ride.
Have a contact number for friends or supporters to collect you.
Also have a big bag to put all your excuses in.
Do not just jump on a bus/get a lift/go home or back to your hotel before doing this. If we do not hear from you and your tracker is outstanding at the end of the event, we will have no choice but to call out the emergency services to look for you.
A small bag (max 20 litres) can be left with us at registration that we will transport to the bag drop in Troutbeck for you to refresh food, drinks, socks, motivation. These will be marked with your race number and stored securely, though ultimately at your own risk.
A second drop bag can be left at Race HQ for DOUBLETAPPERS
Drop bags can only be handed over at registration on Friday night.
Remember to collect your drop bag after the event. Anything not collected will be sold to pay for the team's espresso fund.
We know how important it can be to have supporters out on the course to cheer you on. There will be limited parking at the aid stations and we ask that your supporters find parking elsewhere to avoid any hold-ups. There are numerous locations along the route that would be great spots to spectate, especially any of the 5 summits that THE LAP passes over. Outside help, such as additional bottles, jelly babies or hugs are permitted but competitors must carry their own kit throughout and pacers are not permitted in the interests of fairness.
This one's easy: be nice!
Respect other trail users, they have as much right as you to be there.
Don't drop litter, we wish we didn't need to say this but spending all of Sunday picking up your sticky gel wrappers isn't our idea of fun!
Allow others to pass you if safe and appropriate. We want this to be a fun, competitive event but blocking the trail for a faster runner is just bad sportsmanship.
Always follow marshal's instructions, they are there for your safety.
Remember your Green Cross Code! Small sections of the route cross or follow quiet roads, so be aware of other road users. Marshals have no legal right to stop traffic.
Any competitor deemed to be behaving dangerously (towards themselves or others), in an unsporting fashion or who ignores the express wishes of the organisers or marshals will be labelled a bad egg, removed from the race and asked to bugger off.
Event photographers SportSundayphoto will be positioned around the route.
By entering THE LAP you agree to be photographed and filmed and for images to be published by us and used in promotion and marketing.
The Official Event Photographs will be available here after the event.
If, for any reason, you do not wish to have your image published, please contact us directly.
This is a low level route and the Lake District tends to get some of the most stable weather in September but, it is still the Lake District and bad weather can come at anytime. THE LAP will be run whatever the conditions, be prepared for rain, hail and even sleet or snow. Equally heat and strong sun can be just as dangerous. It is up to you to ensure you are prepared for conditions on the day.
Hot food & drinks will be available at the finish. We are also lucky enough to have England's Largest Bath* available for a post race cool down. Our finish line sits right on the shore of Lake Windermere and a dip (at your own risk, we're not going in after you!) would make a fitting end to what promises to be a fantastic day out. Camping is also available on the Saturday evening. We recommend you make the most of it before driving home, especially if you have far to go, driving tired is very dangerous.
*Actual showers will also be available for wimps.
The result will be posted on the website and social media shortly after the event has finished.
T's & C's and COVID Protocol
I have read and understood the RACE INFO AND RULES and understand the nature of this event.
I agree that I enter at my own risk and take full responsibility for my safety and actions during the event. I therefore do not hold C3C Ltd or any of its agents responsible for any damage or injury sustained to me or my property during the event.
Refunds and Transfers:
In the event of Government restrictions forcing a cancelation up to 6 weeks before the race, you will be offered a refund in full or deferral to a future event of the same entry value.
In the event of Government restrictions forcing a cancelation less than 6 weeks before the race, you will be offered a deferral to a future event of the same entry value. This is the point we have to begin paying venue fees and ordering equipment. Insurance costs to cover COVID losses after this point are prohibitive.
Standard T's & C's:
In the event of a cancellation more than 6 weeks before the event, a refund of the entry fee minus £10 admin fee per person will be given. Please note that no refund can be offered if you cancel with 6 weeks or less to the event date.
Up to 6 weeks before the event, competitors can transfer their entry to a future event of the same entry value for free, however they will forfeit any opportunity for a refund. Transfer requests within 6 weeks to 2 weeks of the event will be subject to a £15 admin fee.
Please note that no deferrals can be made for any reason within 2 weeks of the event. To transfer your entry to another person, please login to your SiEntries account and select Substitution.
Where competitors use SPORTident timing cards or GPRS Trackers, they assume responsibility of the card/tracker until it is returned - any loss or damage will result in the cost being charged to the competitor.
C3C advises competitors that the responsibility for Si Cards/Tracker Units security resides with the competitor.
Photography and filming: During our events there will be photographers and on occasions film crews.
By entering our events you are giving consent that images of yourself maybe used to promote C3C's events and/or its sponsors.
Unfortunately, we are not able accept any last minute refund or transfer requests, whether by email or telephone, which occur due to unforeseen circumstances e.g. injury or family emergencies. By signing up to this event you agree that you are fit to enter and have no known medical conditions that will affect your participation.