THE LAP: 6am every 2nd Saturday in September 


THE LAP - SPRING FORWARD: 6am every 2nd Saturday in May 


THE LAP - DOUBLETAP: 6am every 2nd Saturday in September








THE LAP : £80.00


Enter two events and receive a 10% discount off the cost of both


The entry limit for THE LAP & SPRING FORWARD is 350

The entry limit for the DOUBLETAP is 150




THE LAP 2019 was a UTMB Qualifying Race worth 3 Points.


THE LAP 2020, SPRING FORWARD & DOUBLETAP 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.

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 2021. They have however agreed to open for our event should it take place and are now able to take accommodation and camping bookings. Unfortunately The YMCA have been forced to increase all accommodation prices from those originally quoted and booking can only be made direct from their website.

Twin Rooms are available at the YMCA for £ per night, B&B. Basic Continental breakfast available.

Camping is available on Friday and Saturday night for tents/vans/sleeping in your car, at £ per night.

No van hookups are available.

We recommend vehicles no longer than 6m on site, this ensures easy access and plenty of room for everyone. 

Toilets and showers are available at HQ for everyone to use.

If you require accommodation, please book direct here, follow the link and reference THE LAP.

If you have any problems please contact YMCA Lakeside direct on 01539 539 000 and let them know you're doing THE LAP.


Camping must be pre-booked as no bookings can be taken at registration.



Registration opens on the Friday before each event from 6pm - 11pm for everyone.

Registration will not open on Saturday.


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).


FIRST WOMAN:                                                       FIRST MAN:

TBC                                                                             TBC

SECOND WOMAN:                                                  SECOND MAN:

TBC                                                                              TBC

THIRD WOMAN:                                                     THIRD MAN:

TBC                                                                             TBC


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.



Distance - 47miles/72K.

Elevation - 2,500m ascent/descent. 

Surface - 95% trail/singletrack/path - 5% country roads.


Distance - 94miles/152K.

Elevation - 5,000m ascent/descent. 

Surface - 95% trail/singletrack/path - 5% country roads.


A GPX file of the route will be sent out to entrants before the event.


The route will be heavily way-marked from the head of each trail, road crossing and at all trail junctions.


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.






Phone OO44 (0) 7748 945 355

Email:  info@thelap.co.uk


Lakeside YMCA, Lakeside,

Newby Bridge, Cumbria

LA12 8BD

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Phone OO44 (0) 7748 945 355

Email: info@thelap.co.uk

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Lakeside YMCA, Lakeside,

Newby Bridge, Cumbria

LA12 8BD