Competitor Feedback and Testimonials

See what previous competitors have said about the event, the course, the marshals and the checkpoints..

Scafell Sky Race 2017

Dear Charles,

Thank you to your and your team for putting on a really fantastic event yesterday. I thought the route took in all of the most spectacular scenery of that part of the lakes and the views were regularly jaw dropping.

The marshalls were friendly, supportive and professional and the whole day felt extremely well organised. Likewise the runners were a great bunch and there was great comradery throughout the day.

It was my first mountain race and I wasn't going for times, just a safe day out in the fells. This race being open entry allowed me to do that and I'm very grateful.

I wish you every success. Please extend my thanks to the team and marshalls.

Kind regards,

Guy Worley

Lakes Sky Ultra 2017

Just a quick message to say thanks for devising such an epic, brilliant bonkers race as yesterday's Sky race. Mark and I have been suffering with the Lurgi for the last few weeks and as such had to call it a day in Patterdale, our bodies today confirm this was definitely the right choice! However what we were able to survive was fantastic 😀

We already have it pencilled in for next year & will most definitely spread the word!

Thanks again,

Ellie Howard & Mark Glennie

Many thanks for a tough but fine day out in the hills on Saturday. As a race organiser myself I know the amount of time and effort that goes into the planning and preparation particularly on a full marked course and yours was fully marked which over 35+ miles was a substantial feat! Those little red flags were very comforting to see in the clag we were having to run through. 

Great race, well organised  and would recommend to anyone with the requisite skills and desire to test themselves.


Mike Aires

Just a quick note to say thanks for putting on an awesome event this past weekend. It was a tough day at the office and went a bit hard in the first half and suffered during the second. I was really impressed by all the support crew who sat out with smiles on their faces throughout the day. It is fair to say that the Lakes got the better of me this past weekend, but I will be back next year to see if I can reverse my fortunes.

Cheers for now,

Conrad Ocker

Lakes Sky Ultra 2016

Hi Charlie

I meant to email earlier to say how much I enjoyed the Lakes Sky Ultra, time has passed  but I still find myself thinking back to a great day out and smiling.  The route was really well planned and I like the fact that the bit behind Patterdale took me to an area I’d not done much in. I was surprised by the scramble up red scree and I really enjoyed it – if only I could find that way myself again I won’t bother with the path!

It was a super organised event and I was surprised that I quite got into following the little red flags as I’m more used to map and compass. 

Several of my friends were out that day and they are all dead keen to sign up next year.

Thanks again, I really enjoyed the event, and all the reckies that went with it. I’ve had a nice surprise when logging into the web page to see a picture of me pop up too!

Thanks again


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Bridget Collier in the 'Corner' ©Steve Ashworth - Lake District Images

Hi Charlie, just wanted to drop you a quick note and say thanks to you and your team for putting on a truly superb event. I was totally blown away by the enthusiasm, dedication and support given by your volunteers on all the feed stations and check points throughout the race. Truly inspiring!! The whole thing was incredibly well organised, from the kit check, to the marker flags along the entire route to the whole crew dedicated to the competitors safety and well being along the entire course

What a great event!! Truly epic, incredibly tough and challenging!

Will Green

Hi Lakes Sky Ultra, 

Just wanted to thank you for an awesome route and perfect weather !

It  was brutal, but fun 

I probably shouldn’t have squeezed ‘Wasdale’ in after the V3K. I had nothing in my legs from the off. So I just thought, do what you can and try to enjoy it, which I did.

The technical sections were well considered and a nice distraction to the fatigue

Well done

Neil Birchall

Hey Charlie,

I loved it!! Honestly I had so much fun it was excellent. Well marked and marshalled on such an interesting course. Loved the cowbells and the potatoes at the end were perfect!

Thank you so much for accommodating me arriving in the morning and thank you all so much for a wonderful weekend.

Sophie Grant (2nd place Women's Open)

Hi – Wanted to drop you a note after yesterday’s event to say what a great day it was – incredibly well organised and run – felt very well looked after throughout – from info in advance to marshals and safety support – 

The feed station people in Patterdale and Haweswater couldn’t have been more helpful in particular – but all were great – safety crew were supportive but happy enough to let you get on with scrambling sections

Liked the red arrows formation flypast too – kept me going into Kirkstone Pass

Really great event

Kind regards

Andy Duncan

Hi Charlie and Team, 

I just wanted to say a big thank you for such a fantastic event. It was a great intro to Skyrunning for me and to the Lakes District for my family, and we really enjoyed the experience!

It is a bit too early to plan now but I hope to be back next year and complete the course on time.


Dmitry Solomakhin

Hi Charles. 

I just wanted to drop you a note to say a massive thank you for such an awesome event. It makes such a difference when a runner plans the route... and i really saw your passion in the route planning and organisation. 

Also, to let you know that the car WAS fine... nothing missing. That said, ended up having quite a serious blow out on the motorway on way to Nottingham last night... so now, the car is not so fine. 

Its been a pretty epic weekend for one reason and another. Not one to be forgotten! Happy to report im in one piece (walking a bit funny!!)... just carless. 

These things are sent to test us!! 

Thanks again and great to meet you

Tara Grosvenor

Hi guys, 

Thanks for a great event on Saturday. The course was amazing and the organisation and support truly professional, one of the best in my experience. Well done.

Can you please advise when and where the race photographs will be available for viewing, thanks.

Kind regards

Steve Briggs #15

Hi Charlie,

Just want to offer my sincere thanks to you, the marshals and the rest of the team for a great day on Saturday.

Brilliant route and a fantastic event!


John Firth

Hi Charlie,

Thanks again for a cracking race last weekend. I was made up that I managed to complete it within the cut off time - 45 mins inside it in the end!

When I entered I was a bit worried if I was still able to do that hard a run in the time allowed and not injure myself in the process but it appears I can!

Best things:
 race route, particularly the scrambly bits.
Flags. If I'd had to stop to check the route I would have struggled for time.
The tracker. Friends and family seemed to enjoy watching my attempt.
Marshals. They were absolutely brilliant. Like fell running marshals; hugely supportive and encouraging even though the ones at the later check points had been in place for hours by the time I got there. Loved the drummer on Catsey Cam!
Food at Patterdale.

Thanks again for the race and accepting my entry.

Now, what's next.......?


Jill Davies

Hi there, 

Just wanted to drop you an email to say cheers for such a quality event at the weekend.  

Organisation and course were top notch!  Good effort dude.

All the best.

Paul Mason

Hi Charles,

Just like to thank you for organising such an EPIC event this past weekend. Also thank you for trusting me to enter without having run a mountain marathon but using my Tatra experience instead.

Kristian Morgan

Hi Charlie

Just want to say thank you and congratulations for Saturday.

What an amazing event!!

Loved it... Even though I did struggle at times.

Mike Clayton

Hi Charlie,

Enjoyed the race very much, especially Pinnacle Ridge which was the highlight.

Course marking and marshalling was excellent – the drummer who offered chocolate cake on Catstye Cam was a star.


David James.

Hi Charlie,

Thanks for an absolutely awesome race! The course is amazing and I had a really good (if sometimes tough) time in the mountains last Saturday.

Things that were awesome:
- course marking
- aid station and checkpoint volunteers
- race atmosphere and organisation
- the course
- food at aid stations
- the electrolyte drink at the aid stations (saved my day!)

It really has been a fantastic race and I hope to do it again!


Konstantin Holzner

Hi Charlie and Team,

Really enjoyable race

Brief was excellent.  I find the logistics of getting to a brief the night before is sometimes awkward and can often mean another night in a hotel.  Therefore the brief needs to add value.  Yours did.  I thought is covered all safety and logistics points well and was clear about cutoff and rules etc.

The organistiion was excellent in every area.  The marking of course.  Ropes and safety.  Friendliness aid stations and overdoing sense of competence.

Not sure about cowbells at first but was lifted by them when I heard them. 

Facilties really good at the college (events centre).

Seemed good value for money and I wouldn't bauk at the cost.

I has a great day and I went to a few places I hand been to before. 

Thanks to all the team.

Steve Rhodes

Hi Charlie. 
Probably not much help in what I'm about to write but I would  honestly say everything was spot on don't change a thing. Organisation.venue. race. Marshalls. Marking was absolutely  amazing. Ropes on the 2 sections  was very helpful. Food at the finish was lovely, looking forward to next year and putting in a decent  time. Gutted to fall  after  5 mile and not be able to descend for rest of race. Ps I'll have a survival bag soon.

Thanks again for a great day and a great race. Loved every minute
Mark Davies

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