DIARY: Club La Santa and Lakeland 100

One of the less well-known advantages of being a Crusader lies off the coast off Africa. As a well-managed club, our outfit saw the opportunity to invest in some time-shares in the famous Club La Santa sport resort on Lanzarote, a few year ago.

Every year, a group of our members avail of this reasonably priced offer to travel to more southern latitudes for a week of constant activity in the Danish-owned and Danish-run resort. Given this, I would expect to feel right at home and only the prospect of hearing the “La Santa” song at the “La Santa Stars” event on the final day of the week!

Otherwise, there’ll be racing, classes, swimming, biking, kayaking and luscious Spanish food to look forward to, so the blog will be silent for the next while as we head down.

Lakeland Ultra

Comforts aside, yesterday featured its own tiny highlight as my map and road-book for the Montane Lakeland 50/100 Mile race arrived in the post. The September event starts in Coniston before taking in an impressive loop of the Lake District rarely leaving the pathways, bridle-paths and mountain trails that weave labyrinthine through the mighty fells. Many sections are on the famous Cumbria Way and the journey brings an ultra-runner from the start below the Coniston Old Man up through Wasdale Head, Keswick, below Skiddaw before returning southbound further East.

Many Bob Graham fells are circumvented, yet the total climb of the hundred mile event comes in around 6850m with not a single summit claimed. If you complete the full journey, you will have seen most dales and most of the long capacious meres and lakes such as the Ullswater, Buttermere, Wastwater and Thirlmere.

The material is worthy of the route as the map you get is a double-sided, full-colour, water-proof Harvey’s in 1:40:000 scale and the road-book gives you specific measurements of each of the fifteen sections and a full page description.

Cut-off times are generous and the only downside is that the 50 miler encompasses the least interesting and easiest section of the route (the return journey). The hardest section is unsurprisingly the segment from Wasdale Head to Buttermere which is 10.9km in length and features 743m ascent and 703m descent.