Date of next event: 29th April - 1st May 2017 - Enter now!
The GL3D™ is an adventurous three-day mountain marathon with a unique, relaxed and friendly atmosphere that attracts both runners and long-distance walkers. Over the years the event has built up a dedicated following of competitors who enjoy the challenge of three long, consecutive days in the hills.
Competitors can choose from either an Elite, A, B or C course. Competitors simply enter the event, and then choose whichever course they prefer on the day. This could either be Elite for all three days, Elite, B then A or any ‘mix-and-match’ combination. All competitors still share the same overnight camp. The C Course is specifically aimed at experienced walkers and slower runners.
Rather than complex navigation, the emphasis is on long mountain journeys, spectacular scenery and enjoying an amazing mountain experience. Competitors should expect mostly mountain trails and footpaths, along ridges and through valleys, rather than contouring and bogs. We start and finish in the same location – just three days apart! So that participants can get maximum enjoyment, we transport their overnight equipment between each camp.
Competitors should be prepared for 6 to 12 hours on the hill each day, be competent mountain runners or walkers with the ability to navigate and be totally self-reliant. The first day is generally a little longer and the last day a little shorter. The friendly nature of the GL3D™ means that many solo competitors join into informal groups to share each day on the hill. Although some competitors race, there are no prizes, just the respect of your peers for finishing!
The relaxed atmosphere of the event is best summed up in the flexible starting arrangements; each morning participants simply pack up their kit (which is then transported) and set off between 0700 and 0900. The faster competitors start last, whilst the slower competitors start earlier. Free hot water is available both mornings and evenings and a complimentary cake at the end of each days running... it is usually well deserved!
The GL3D™ always takes place on the first Bank Holiday weekend of May and usually enjoys fantastic weather.
Posted on 11/05/2016 I’m considering a career change. It’s just gone 4am on Monday morning and I’ve been dozing restlessly for only a few hours in a hazy tiredness. Even from within the van I am attempting to sleep in, I can hear the roar of wind as it...
Posted on 30/04/2016 Luckily, the 2016 event didn't begin two days earlier. End of April snow is not uncommon in the Lakes, however, it's not often that we get such a blanket coating down to almost 100m above sea level! Race Director, Shane Ohly, took this video...