Press Releases 2016

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Press Release for the LSU 2016

// Headline// Skyrunning™ history made in the English Lake District

//Main Content//

Skyrunning™ fully unfolded in the English Lake District last weekend on Saturday the 23rd with the 2nd year of the Lakes Sky Ultra™, the second race in Skyrunning™ UK’s National Series.  Planned and executed by the local running guide, Charlie Sproson from Glenridding, who heads up Mountain Run the company that organized it.

An extremely technical course with 56km of trails and fell with 4500m of ascent alone, included roped sections through Eagle Crag and Pinnacle Ridge in the Grisedale valley which added a truly ‘European’ feel, as though ‘Via Feratta’ had hit the Lakes outside of Honister Slate Mines!

An extremely strong British field of mountain runners toed the start line alongside a few European runners who had been lured away from the Skyrunning™ World Championships held by the ISF (International Skyrunning Federation) in Spain for this epic and extreme mountain race.

//Strap Line// Records were smashed and reset!


In the men’s race Donnie Campbell, from Scotland, continued his winning streak to take another record after already smashing the Highland Fling and Keswick Mountain Festival 50km Ultra Trail earlier in the year, the latter incidentally which is planned by Mountain Run. The 2nd and 3 places fell to a local Ambleside runner Neil Talbolt and Ally Beaven from the Scottish Highlands.

In the ladies race, International Mountain Runner, Sarah Ridgway, who holds the record from 2015, came back fitter and faster to set a ‘hard to beat’ record and smash her own time from the previous year by over 25 minutes and set a new record on the full course, which makes it even more impressive, in a time of 08:39:41, with the 2nd & 3rd places falling to Sophie Grant, who equaled Sarah’s record time from 2015 and Katie Bowden who took the 2nd place in the recent V3K in Wales (the 1st racein the UK Skyrunning series this year).

//Background information// Skyrunning™ is a race format from Europe where the organisers set marked courses, some times over extremely technical terrain, sometimes not, for racers to test their strengths and fitness as runners and mountaineers over a level playing field where navigation is not the order of the day, allowing the fitness and agility of the runner to be the controlling factor.

The Lakes Sky Ultra addresses the true routes of the sport, merging extremely technical terrain with great runnable trails. The whole course is marked and the planner have merged UK fell running with British mountaineering to bring Skyrunning™ in its purest form to the UK by adding fixed lines on the technical rock scrambling sections, to aid the runners.

//Content// The weather showed the Lake District for all the beauty it has and the runners set off at 07:00 from the Ambleside Campus of the University of Cumbria with a little atmospheric cloud that soon burnt off, to leave high cloud cover in place and perfect running conditions. The runners battled it out over the 56km roller coaster course that takes in some of the most iconic mountains, ridges and scrambles the Lakes has to offer. This includes the Fairfield and Helvellyn Ranges, Swirral and Striding Edges, the steepest fell ascent in the Lakes, according to Alfred Wainwright, on the ascent to Pinnacle Ridge, which lures mountaineers to enjoy one of the most classic rock scrambles in the Lakes. In the second and less technical part of the course the runners are treated to runnable trail, if they still have the legs for it, to visit the remote Haweswater and Small Water valley’s and then traces a line around the head of Kentmere across the Kirkstone Pass fells to finally ascend Red Screes to incorporate 2 ‘KOM super stages’ for the ascent to the summit and the descent to the finish.

The race is headline sponsored by the Italian mountain clothing and equipment company, Salewa, and supported by Leki UK and the pretty local Team Nutrition with their electrolyte hydration brand, Pura Perform, who are based in Yeland Redmayne.


Note to Editors:

The Lakes Sky Ultra is created and planned by the local mountain running guide Charles Sproson and his wife Nicola who both run mountain based coaching companies, Mountain Run and Nics Nordic Walks, from their house based at the head of the Glenridding Valley at Greenside Mines.

Lakes Sky Ultra is part of Skyrunning UK’s National Series.

Next years date will be the 14th,15th and 16th July 2017. The format and course will remain the same and more races will be introduced to add a more inclusive and family feel.

The copyright for all images is retained by Skyrunning™ UK

All images must be credited to the following:

Steve Ashworth ©LakeDistrictImages

The following images bank is supplied by Lake District Images by Steve Ashworth, a local image and film producer, with a great credibility in mountain based sports.

The images are ‘low res’ for web use and ‘high res’ versions are available for print.

Images may be use free for up to a ‘half magazine’ size. If images larger than this are required then Steve Ashworth must be contacted for a price to purchase the image.

Steve’s contact details:

Lakes Sky Ultra details:

Facebook: LakesSkyUltra

Twitter: @ LakesSkyUltra


The Lakes Sky Ultra is created and executed by Charles and Nicola Sproson from Bell Cottage, Glenridding, Cumbria.


Charlie: 07989 697487

Nicola: 07976 949488

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