Skyrunning UK and Ireland series races revealed

Five races have been announced as part of the Skyrunning UK Ireland series for 2019.

The series will visit the Lakes, the Derryveagh mountains, Snowdonia and Mourne Mountains and runners will need to take part in at least three of the five events to score. Next year’s series will also include a masters event, arrangements for which are still to be confirmed. The 2019 race are:

 Scafell Skyrace (pic: Ian Corless)

Scafell Skyrace (pic: Ian Corless)

1) Scafell Skyrace, June 8
The series will begin in the Lake District and include an ascent of England’s highest mountain. Organisers say: “With sections of scree and light scrambling thrown in, Scafell Sky Race is a serious test of nerve, skill and endurance. Mountain experience and moving solo across highly technical mountain terrain is an essential skill for this classic skyrunning race.”

 Lakes Sky Ultra (pic: Ian Corless)

Lakes Sky Ultra (pic: Ian Corless)

2) Lakes Sky Ultra, July 13
Staying in the Lakes, this event is over 60km with 5000m of ascent. Organisers say: “We packed all the best central and eastern-Lake District mountain running trails we know into this course: you’ll go up and over Place Fell, Beda Fell, High Street, Thornthwaite Crag, Stoney Cove Pike, St Raven’s Edge, Red Screes, Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, Dollywagon Pike, Nethermost Pike, Helvellyn with some of the most remote valleys in the area dropped in for good measure. It’s an epic day out to say the least.”

 Seven Sisters Skyline

Seven Sisters Skyline

3) Seven Sisters Skyline, July 28
This new race to the calendar features the seven high peaks of the Derryveagh mountains. The out and back route traverses 13 summits with few or no tracks or paths. “Scrambling, ridge running, steep technical descents and ascents and a multitude of mixed terrain makes the 50km Seven Sisters Skyline with 4000m of vertical gain a great addition to the 2019 Skyrunner UK & IRELAND calendar,” the series organisers say.

 Snowdon Skyline

Snowdon Skyline

4) Snowdon Skyline, September 15
Another new event for the series, this covers 40 miles and 3600m of ascent. Runners will ascend the Watkin path to Wales’ highest peak then traverse the stunning Y Lliwedd ridge. After Pen y Pass road crossing, there is a second sizeable ascent to the gnarly terrain of the Glyders, before a plunge down the Y Gribin ridge to the Ogwen Valley.

 Mourne Skyline (pic: Ian Corless)

Mourne Skyline (pic: Ian Corless)

5) Mourne Skyline MTR, October 19 (date TBC)
The well established race includes Slieve Donard, the highest peak in Northern Ireland. In just 35km the course has a brutal 3370m of ascent and no less than nine peaks.

See https://skyrunninguk.com for more.