News - Sat 30th Apr 2016 - 2016 Live Report - Day 1 - SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day™

2016 Live Report - Day 1

30th Apr 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 to share the latest conditions whilst out course controlling on Thursday 28th April:

GL3D 2016 - Thursday Evening Snow Report

Weather update from Race Director Shane Ohly: "Bring extra layers as wind-chill on the tops is likely to be significant, and there will be a good chance of wintry showers all weekend." Read more:

Posted by Great Lakeland 3Day on Friday, 29 April 2016


However, apart from a bitterly cold start and severe frost overnight, competitors awoke to largely clear skies and sunshine on the first morning. Go early, risk conditions being too slippy underfoot? Go late, risk slushy and awkward trades? 



Frost start - photo ©


  • Elite - 56km / 2800m
  • A - 40km / 2600m
  • B - 33km / 1900m
  • C - 22km / 1300m


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By the afternoon, the warm spring sunshine was spoiling us at our overnight camp, with many competitors chilling outside their tents with a beer, barista-served coffee, and even having a sports massage! All competitors were accounted for (with generally beaming smiles) by the course cut-off time of 8pm.




A big sunny welcome to the first overnight campsite! ☀️ Competitors are rewarded with cake, and can buy a barista served...

Posted by Great Lakeland 3Day on Saturday, 30 April 2016


See all the photos from day 1 in our Facebook album below - do tag anyone you know!

"The Lakes really are a special place any day, anytime, in any weather… well, almost? Today though, the 2016 GL3D was treated to ‘one of those days!’" - Ian Corless

Posted by Great Lakeland 3Day on Saturday, 30 April 2016