THE LAP - Anticlockwise: 6am Saturday 10th-11th September 2022

THE LAP - Clockwise: 6am Saturday 13th-14th May 2023

THE LAP -  Anticlockwise: 6am Saturday 9th-10th September 2023

THE LAP - 13th-14th May 2023 - ENTRIES OPEN

THELAP - 9th-10th September 2023 - ENTRIES OPEN 12th September 2022


THE LAP - May: Clockwise

THE LAP - September: Anticlockwise


THE LAP 75K/47Miles





THE LAP 2022: £80.00

THE LAP 2023: £95.00


May 600

September 600

Entry will close when full, or may close early due to unforeseen circumstances.





The Double-Tap is postponed until further notice.




We have taken the decision to no longer support the UTMB position on qualifying, however points accrued in May 2021 at Spring Forward can be exchanged in the new system.

Check here for more info on qualifying for a UTMB place.





Minimum age to participate in THE LAP - Clockwise & THE LAP Anticlockwise is 16 years, on the day of the event. 




YMCA National Centre, South Camp, 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 YMCA is sign-posted three miles along this road on the right.

THE LAP will be signposted to Race HQ from the roundabout at Newby Bridge.

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 YMCA.


THE LAP is a no dogs event.

Lakeside YMCA do not allow dog on site, outside of the campsite. Anyone arriving in the Start/Finish area with a dog will be asked to leave immediately.

We have organised many events that allow dogs to take part but there are a number of reasons we do not allow them on THE LAP.


No vets will be in attendance on the course. Anyone seen taking part with a dog will be removed from the event on animal welfare grounds.

Please advise any supporters not to bring dogs to Race HQ or the Start/Finish area.





Lakeside YMCA have a range of accommodation options from rooms, cabins, tents and camping. Accommodation options will be sent out to all participants before Christmas .


There are a multitude of accommodation options and hotels within 5 miles of THE LAP HQ at Lakeside and Newby Bridge, and slightly further afield a Grange-over-Sands and Cartmel.

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. 

Parking is currently free, and on grass, and no sleeping in cars on site.





Friday Registration ONLY

Registration opens on the Friday before each event from 7pm - 11pm for everyone.

Registration will not open on Saturday for any reason.

No one else can register for you and you must register in person.


RACE START is at 06:00 sharp and everyone must be in position on the start-line at 05:50 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, baggage tag, tracker and any other information you may need.

You will also need to bring your race vest or pack so that we can attach your GPS tracker.

Do not reposition your tracker. This could result in you not being tracked or receiving a time.


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, your fault!).






Everyone will receive a bespoke wooden finisher medal.

The wood for our medal is all sourced and coppiced locally. These are not just another mass produced (Green) medal. Each on is hand made and unique.

Coppicing is a woodland management technique of repeatedly felling trees at the base, and allowing them to regrow. This then provides a sustainable supply of timber. Coppicing  has a number of benefits over replanting, as the felled trees already have developed root systems, making regrowth quicker.


FIRST WOMAN:                                                       FIRST MAN:

Hand Made Trophy                                                  Hand Made Trophy

Prize from Dynafit                                                    Prize from Dynafit

2023 Race Entry                                                        2023 Race Entry

SECOND WOMAN:                                                 SECOND MAN:

Prize From Dynafit                                                   Prize From Dynafit

2023 Race Entry                                                        2023 Race Entry

THIRD WOMAN:                                                     THIRD MAN:

Prize From Dynafit                                                   Prize From Dynafit

2023 Race Entry                                                        2023 Race Entry

Other gender prize categories and prizes will be added and awarded as we receive entries.





NEW for 2022 and beyond.

Beat the current LAP RECORD, Clockwise in May or Anticlockwise in September and receive a prize of £200. Increasing by £75 (£1 per K) per year unbroken.


(Female) Emma Stuart - 8:08:09

(Male) Ellis Bland - 6:59:28




(Female) Lucy Gossage - 9:07:15

(Male) Tom Booth - 8:21:12





Enjoy your race more, with a bespoke THE LAP training plan from the fantastic team at High Peak Running.

Kat, from High Peak Running finished 3rd Female in May 2021, so no better person to devise your THE LAP training plan.



We have partnered with Mountain Fuel because we believe them to be the cleanest and best sports nutrition available. If you want to give yourself the best fuel out there, use discount code THELAP at www.mountainfuel.co.uk and get 15% OFF all their products.

Take a look at their tried and tested Ultra Marathon Nutrition Plan to help you enjoy your run around THE LAP. 


Timing, Tracking 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 halfway bag drop aid station.

This is by far the best way-marked route in Ultra and UK racing. No other event comes close.


You do not need to be proficient in navigation to take part in THE LAP, however it is the perfect event to practice. If you wish to progress in ultra running, navigation is an essential skill.





Anticlockwise for most people takes a little longer.

Distance - 75K/47 miles

Elevation - 2,500m ascent/descent. 

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




YMCA (Start) - Far Sawrey: 11km/396m+
Far Sawrey - Skelwith: 13km/462m+
Skelwith Bridge - Troutbeck (Half Way): 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!)





YMCA (Start) - Finsthwaite Hall: 4.5km/169m+ 

Finsthwaite - Cote Hill (Water Only): 14km/486m+

Cote Hill (Water Only) - Cleabarrow: 8km/238m+

Cleabarrow - Troutbeck Hall (Half Way): 11km/341m+

Troutbeck Hall - Skelwith Hall: 11km/820m+

Skelwith Hall - Far Sawrey Hall: 13km/462m+

Far Sawrey - YMCA (Finish): 11km/396m+




A GPX file of the route will be sent out to all entrants before each LAP.


You do not need a GPS device to take part in THE LAP. If you do not have one then ignore everything related to the GPX. If you have a device and are having an issue uploading the GPX file, you need to read your instructions or ask Google.

THE LAP is by far the best way-marked route in Ultra and UK racing. No other event comes close.


You do not need to be proficient in navigation to take part in THE LAP, however it is the perfect event to practice. If you wish to progress in ultra running, navigation is an essential skill.



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


There is no better way-marked 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 for any reason will result in an instant DNF.

We have been organising sports events and expeditions all around the world for over 20 years. Our kit list is born out of experience and may not be the same as other events you have entered. Regardless, our kit list is final and hypothermia is a choice you make. Don't expect any sympathy. 



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.

Do not reposition your tracker after it has been attache as this may result in you vest or pack being cut when it is removed, or you not being tracked or timed.


They are only to be attached or removed by race officials. 


A Tracking Official will remove your tracker once you cross the finish line.



The best menu in ultra!!!


There will be 4 feed stations positioned around the route and 1 full aid station feed 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.


We cater for all food preferences and allergies. RACE HQ will also be equipped with hot food 


Finishers meal is included in your entry and a preorder menu will be sent out prior to the event. You must pre-order your finishers meal.

All leftover food from the event will be given to local food hubs to distribute as they see fit.



You have 24 hours to complete THE LAP & THE LAP Clockwise but, cutoffs come into force from the halfway aid station in Troutbeck.


You must have left feed stations by the following times:

Troutbeck Close- 16:00

Skelwith Close - 22:00

Far Sawrey Close - 02:00


You must have left feed stations by the following times:

Troutbeck Close - 17:00

Mountain Fuel/Hydration Close - 22:00

Finsthwaite Close - 03:00



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 shoe-bag (airport style size check will be in operation) can be left with us at registration on Friday night only. If it doesn't fit inside a shoe box, it doesn't go.


We will transport your shoe-bag to Bag Drop in Troutbeck for you to refresh shoes, socks, and motivation.


These will be marked with your race number and stored securely, though ultimately at your own risk.

Your shoe-bag will be waiting for you at the finish as long as you put it into the transportation bag in Troutbeck yourself. 

If you drop out before Troutbeck, you need to inform us or you bag will not be brought back to the finish until the the aid station closes. 


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 rifled for cash and sold on eBay 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.

Spectators are not permitted to enter any of the feed or aid stations for any reason.

Food and drinks are for competitors only. Any competitor seen giving food or drinks to any non-competitor will be disqualified immediately.



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!

  • Close gates. Actually they should be left as found, but if someone else left it open, we'd rather you closed it. Our many farmers around the route are much less likely to shoot you for closing a gate that they left open, than they are for leaving a gate open that they had left closed.

  • 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 and your safety is ultimately in your hands. 

  • No pacing or drafting, or outside support...

  • Report any injury, accident, loss or accidental damage to kit to our team at HQ before the end of the event. If not reported to the team at HQ and an accident/damage/lost form filled out before the end of the event, we know nothing about it and it didn't happen.

  • 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 and a cameraman will be positioned around the route.

You are not guaranteed to have your picture taken but our photographers will do their very best.

We do not employ a finish-line photographer. If you want your picture taken crossing the line, make sure you have a friend or family member follow you on the tracking link provided. This will ensure they arrive at the finish in plenty of time to capture your hands in the air as you cross the line.

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.

You are nor guaranteed to have your picture taken and in the event of severe weather, photographers will be pulled from the course for their safety and wellbeing.



This is a low level route (Loughrigg and Wansfell are low level fells) and the Lake District tends to get some of the most stable weather in May and 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. 

Hypothermia is a result of you not wearing the correct clothing and is a decision you make, based on how much you carry. Do not expect sympathy!



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 (based on Open Tracking timlines) shortly after the event has finished.

Contacting Us

We only guarantee a response to email.

If you need to make a change of any kind to your entry, you need to email us at info@thelap.co.uk.

We will reply to queries through facebook messenger but will not make any changes unless followed up with an email.

We will occasionally reply to queries if spotted on facebook (and group) post, but we do not look for them and quite often never look at them after posting.


Questions on facebook posts is not an acceptable form of communication and we will not be held responsible for any loss or confusion resulting from us not having seen a request.

Expect a hard time live on social media, for asking any question where the answer can be found on this page.



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.

We advise that you take out refund insurance at point of entry through Si Entries.

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 within 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.

  • Transfer requests within 2 weeks to one day of the event will be subject to a £50 admin fee as 100% of your race entry has been paid for.


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. You can substitute your entry up to 9 days before the event. After this point the start list has been finalised and forwarded to the timing and tracking company. No further changes can be made for any reason after this point.


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 and any charges for loss will be passed on to them.


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.