To help with the extra wear and tear from hundreds of pairs of running feet during this weekend’s Lakeland 100 event, organisers will be donating £10,000 towards the much needed path repairs on the 100-mile route.
The Lakeland 100 is an annual running event in the Lake District, covering 100 miles around the National Park in 40 hours. The £10,000 donation will be spent on essential repairs to Welter Beck bridge near Ullswater and on footpath repair work in Langdale
Lake District National Park Project Ranger, Phil Clague, said: “It is fantastic when the organisers of large events are willing to give towards maintaining the precious landscape which they use. High numbers of people can have a real impact on the tracks and trails of the National Park. The Lakeland 100 donation will help to address this – and will bring welcome improvements for everyone using these paths.”
Marc Laithwaite of Lakeland 100 said “The Montane Lakeland 50 and 100 is now in its ninth year and since it started in 2008, we have been dedicated to giving back to the local community and the Lake District National Park.
“We have funded several repair projects and this year, we’re excited to be part of a three year project to improve the footpath in Great Langdale valley. The fact that this section of footpath is on the event course, means that the competitors can see first hand how their contributions are being used to make a difference for all outdoor enthusiasts. We are keen to ensure that our event continues year after year and giving back is a critical part of the process. If we want this stunning landscape to be accessible for years to come, then it’s everyone’s responsibility to help.”
The Lakeland 100 starts this Friday 29 July at John Ruskin School in Coniston.
The route starts in Coniston, heads south before taking in Eskdale, Wasdale and Buttermere before arriving in Keswick. Then it’s on to Matterdale, Haweswater before returning via Kentmere, Ambleside and Elterwater and finishing at Coniston. Find out more about the Lakeland 100 event.