As the Coniston 14 road race is set to take place this Saturday (good luck everyone), this got us thinking about what other fantastic events take place here in the beautiful Lake District. So we've put together a list of our top challenging events … there are things to test and things to enjoy… after all it isn’t just about the pain… it’s about the taking part too.
So come join us at The Coppermines Lakes Cottages this year and discover something about yourself in this simply stunning environment…
1)Coniston 14 Road Race (too late for entry this year but what about 2018?)
A 14 mile road race around Coniston Water and as such is one of the most picturesque courses in Britain. This hilly route follows the road that circles Coniston Water, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains from the lake shore route. Each year runners raise £20,000 each for local clubs, charities and good causes.
2)Grizedale Duathlon, 6k Trail run / 24k MTB / 6k Trail run
The Grizedale Duathlon is a unique multisport event based in the stunning setting of Grizedale Forest, in the southern Lake District. With stunning views over the Coniston fells and an extensive network of forest tracks and purpose built bike trails, this is a spectacular location for trail running and mountain biking. The event is suitable for all abilities, whether you have never competed in this type of event before or looking for a tough challenge.
3)Lo Scorpione Sportive
If you love to ride in wild, unspoilt mountain country. If you love a fantastic, rewarding, shared challenge If the food, the people and the experience are as important as the clock then Lo Scorpione is for you! With a total of 101km with + 2030mtrs of height gain this classic figure of eight circuit around the wild western fells with ten significant climbs and not much flat in between this should prove to be a bit of a challenge for 2017! There's loads of climbing in the 10%+ band and more than enough at 20%+. You'll be on some of the wildest roads in England with some staggering views and wonderful wild settings.
4)The Mighty Corinthian, the world’s longest classic bike ride
At 300km The Mighty Corinthian is just like a one day classic from back in the day and the longest one day classic bike ride in the world! Big distances, lots of climbing, spectacular locations – all ridden on vintage steel bicycles in period kit! The Mighty Corinthian showcases the finest of the Lake District landscapes – coastal plains, wild moors, gently rolling fields, wonderful villages, the odd mountain pass and more than a few lakes! This isn’t about going fast; it’s about having a huge experience with like-minded people, it’s about having one of the great days of your life!
5)The Lakeland 100 Ultra
The Lakeland 100 'Ultra Tour of the Lake District' is the most spectacular long distance trail race which has ever taken place within the UK. The circular route encompasses the whole of the Lakeland fells, with 6300m of ascent on almost entirely of public bridleways and footpaths. The route starts in Coniston and heads south before completing a clockwise loop which takes in the Dunnerdale fells, Eskdale, Wasdale and Buttermere before arriving in Keswick for the finish.
If that sounds too much then there’s The Lakeland 50, which runs over the second half of the Lakeland 100 Ultra, completing the final 50 miles of the 100 course.
6)Coniston End To End
Long distance open water swimming isn’t just about swimming around buoys in a loop– it’s about the journey. Travelling the length of a lake from one end to the other, swimming across a channel, or completing a swim from one set point to another gives the swim meaning. You haven’t swum a lake until you have completed the full length of it. Chillswim Coniston is a mass participation, fully supported swim the full 5.25 miles length of Coniston Water, in the Lake District.
7)Ladies of the Lake Sportive
This women only sportive now in its third year is a real hoot and is described as the finest of its kind in the north! There are two routes, both of which follow the shores of Coniston Water: one of England's finest lakes. They are both lovely routes, with the shorter route designed to present an achievable challenge to first timers. So join us and experience this landscape for yourself - ride any bike you like, wear any outfit you like, the only rule is that you have a great day!
8)Lakeland Trails in Coniston
Starting and finishing at Landing Point, Coniston Hall near Coniston village, the 10km Coniston Trail Run, 15km Coniston Trail Race and 15km Coniston Trail Challenge take in panoramic views of Coniston Water and the surrounding peaks of the Old Man, Swirl How, Wetherlam and Dow Crags. There is one short 200m section killer section, which only agile mountain goats will be able to run so be warned!
Here at The Coppermines and the Lakes Cottage have a huge range of accommodation to suit all tastes and wallets – perfect for places for adventure weekends. Whether you want a cosy fireside to slump in front of with a pint or a hot tub to ease away those aches and pains? Whatever you're looking for we are sure to have the perfect option for you.