The first of the 2015 Trail26 trail running events will take place from Grizedale Forest Visitor’s Centre (LA22 0QJ). Situated close to Hawkeshead and nestled in between Coniston Water and Lake Windermere it provides the perfect venue to kick off your trail running New Year. Show your trail running love and celebrate an early valentine’s day with us at Grizedale.
Date & Time
Starting at 9:30am on Sunday 8th February 2015
The Trail Running Schedule:
07:30 - Car park opens
08:00 - Registration & market stalls open
08:50 - Briefing and warm up Trail Kidz 1k (under the start gantry)
09:00 - Start of Trail Kidz 1k
09:30 - Compulsory Event Briefing for Trail 26 Marathon competitors
09:40 - Start of The Montane Trail 26 Marathon
09:50 - Compulsory Event Briefing for Trail 13 Half Marathon competitors
10:00 – Start of The Montane Trail 13 Half Marathon & cafe opens
12:30 - Prize presentation at registration tent for Trail 13 Half Marathon
14:30 - Prize presentation at registration tent for Trail 26 Marathon
You have a choice of two trail running events, the mighty marathon or the heavenly half marathon.
The course consists of 2 separate loops. The first loop is completed by both the Trail 26 and Trail 13 competitors. The second loop is for the Trail 26 competitors only. The course lay out makes it spectator friendly, as your supporters will get to see the marathon runners at the half way point as they pass back through the Visitors Centre, which also acts as the start and finish.
The route on the first loop is a mixture of gravel, trail path and fire roads which wind their way through the pine trees of Grizedale Forest, together with some open grassy sections which provide a stunning view of Coniston Water. Generally the first loop is well drained but if we have a British Winter there is a chance of mud!
The route on the second loop is bit more technical underfoot with more uneven terrain, boggy areas, open fields and some small sections of road. It will be all worth it when you finally catch sight of Lake Windermere.
The Grizedale trail running event can be classed as “lumpy” (Trail 26 code for “it’s a tad hilly”). There are significant climbs on both the Trail 13 half marathon course and the Trail 26 marathon course to test even the most hardened of trail runners.
The Grizedale trail running course will be fully signed with bright yellow directional signs together with our famous “motivational quotes” to keep you going. This year we will also have mile markers and Strava segment signs along the course.
There will be 3 feeding stations/checkpoints on the course containing a variety of delights from the classic jelly baby to the extraordinary cocktail sausage surprise. There will be one feed stop on the first loop for the Trail 26 and Trail 13 competitors, one at the Visitors Centre for the Trail 26 competitors (half way) and one on the second loop for the Trail 26 competitors.
The café at Delamere Forest will be open. They provide a wide variety of food and drinks and will be offering a discount to competitors who show their race number.
The Grizedale trail running event parking is free of charge as this has been included in your entry fee. We advise that you arrive early to make your experience of getting through the registration process stress free.
Please follow the signs and marshal instructions to use the dedicated race car parks. It is approximately a 15 minute brisk walk from the furthest car park to the registration area.
New for this year is the Strava Challenge. A long the course there will be an opportunity to win fantastic prizes on our Strava segments.
To be eligible for the Strava Challenge you will need to be a member of our Trail 26 Strava Club to become part of our Trail Running Revolution. You can join the revolution and the club by CLICKING HERE.
Once you are a member, to enter the Strava Challenge you need to upload your run onto Strava following the event, and the winners will be selected randomly. You will have to be quick as the winners will be selected on Tuesday at 12 noon on 10th February 2015.
In addition to the Trail 26 trail race there will be a free Trail Kidz 1k trail running event for children taking place at 9am, with medals for all finishers. You will have enough time to run with your children before taking part in the main event! There is no online registration for this event. You will need to register your child(ren) on the day at the Trail Kidz Registration Tent
How much to enter:
The cost to enter the Montane Trail 26 trail marathon is £30 and the cost to enter the Montane Trail 13 half marathon is £25, which includes your pay and display car parking fee, your Montane trail runner technical race shirt, your goody bag, a finishers medal and finish line surprise!
To download the event information pack click below (large pdf file):
To see the routes (pdf), select the relevant link below:
Montane Trail 26 miles, Grizedale
To see the routes and altitude profile (online), select the relevant link below:
To enter the events, select the relevant link below: