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THE LAP is a low-level route around Lake Windermere and as such is already the bad weather option.



A kit check will be carried out at registration with random items being targeted depending on the expexted weather over the weekend.

Spot checks could be held at any time around the route, at any of the aid stations or the finish. A kit check will be carried out if for any reason you have to be checked out by any of our medical team or loaded into one of our ambulances.  All local MRT teams have been advised of our mandatory minimum kit for the event and have been asked to do a kit check for us should they be required to attend.


All items listed below must be present at all times, either on your person or carried to remain in the event and qualify for a result.

Ultra running for most, is mostly walking dressed like a runner. That's why you get cold! Carrying kit is part of the challenge of ultra. Don't let ultra arrogance get you into trouble. 🥶💀😉

The top 3 Female and top 3 Male finishers will all have to present bags for kit check upon crossing the line. Failure to have mandatory kit will result in an instant DNF.

Waterproof Jacket 

Must have a hood and factory taped seams

Waterproof Trousers/Overtrousers  

Must have factory taped seams.

Warm layer 

A long sleeve technical tee, fleece or lightweight synthetic/duvet jacket. We'll leave it to you to decide which is most appropriate for you but please consider how long you will be out and how quickly you will be moving, there are no prizes (or sympathy) for who can get the coldest.


The nights will be cold, much colder if it is raining.

Remember, ultra running isn't always running. For most people it's walking dressed like a runner. That's why you get cold. Carrying the correct kit is part of ultra and getting cold is on you!

Hat/Buff & Gloves 

We will accept a buff or similar as a hat. Gloves must be full finger. 

Suitable Footwear 

Trail shoes recommended. You will not have any fun in road shoes.

Water Carrying Ability

Minimum 1L capacity in a bladder, bottle or flasks.

There will be no cups available at any aid stations or the water station.


To include at least 500kcal (e.g. 2 Mountain Fuel bars) emergency ration remaining at the finish. 

We have the best food options and more feed stations than you you will ever see on a race this length, but just because you got hungry somewhere out on course, doesn't mean there should be a feed station there. Eat!!!

Basic First Aid Kit 

We have a fantastic team of Paramedics and first Aiders at multiple locations around the course and on the road at all times. It is highly unlikely that you will fall over and graze you hands and knees right beside them however, and having the ability to slow down blood loss with a bandage or plaster until you reach one of our first aid stations will make sure you, or someone you find on the trail will have a much safer and more enjoyable event.

Emergency Heat Reflective/Foil Bag

Not a foil blanket, not just plastic, don't even ask, and we have no interest in what other events allow!

Something like one of these,

Headtorch/Chest Torch

Fully charged and proven to work, set of spare batteries, a battery/power pack or a spare torch


Anyone entering a feed station after dark without a headtorch or chest torch will be instantly removed from the event on safety grounds. A phone light is not acceptable and you will receive a DNF.


And know how to use it. 

Mobile Phone

Fully charged for emergencies with the race organiser's number saved (RO number on map). Not to be used for navigation as this will quickly kill battery. Use a separate device for navigation. 


Cash, not just a card, we recommend £20. If you plan on stopping at one of the many pubs, cafe's, outdoor shops en route, or just to top-up between feed stations, bring more.

To pay for a taxi if you decide to withdraw or miss a cutoff.


Supplied, with the route marked and locations of the water/feed/aid stations. The map will be printed on waterproof paper.

Race HQ Emergency phone number is also on your map.



THE LAP is fully way-marked like no other event in the country, but is an excellent opportunity to practice navigation and get used to properly using a compass. If you wish to progress in ultra, navigation is an essential skill you will need to master.


It is not unknown for signage to be removed from an event. Having some basic navigational skills could just save your day. You will most likely not need it but we'd rather you carried one all the same!

A mobile phone is not a compass. A watch is not a compass.


GPS Tracker

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 and will be removed for you when you cross the line.


Do not tamper with your tracker.


Provided by us and very expensive, so need to be returned to us immediately after the event. A charge of £5 per day and £350 after 10 days is payable if not returned.


To carry it all. This must be on your person at all times, while running. 

By and large our events are run on good faith. Of course you could cheat and be really clever, you could also get yourself and others in real trouble.


We've seen it all; Action Man waterproofs [complete with taped seams!] toy compasses, a jelly bean as an emergency ration...) but, honestly, why bother? We will name and shame on social media...


We want to have a good time and following the kit list is one way of ensuring we stay happy, and you stay safe. 

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