2018 Race Director's Report

9th May 2018

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for the weekend. It was absolute running perfection – I may have to retire, running will never be that good again! The weather and courses were fantastic and I really enjoyed having the same camp for two days, it made the second day more relaxing.
- Christine J

The 20th anniversary of the SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day™ certainly delivered with three days of perfect weather, fantastic mountain courses for all, and such a warm and welcoming atmosphere at one of the most amazing Overnight Camps we have ever had. 

20th Anniversary Great Lakeland 3Day

Here's a little celebration of a splendid 20th Anniversary edition of the #GL3D. Tag someone you know would like to join us in 2019


Last year we made a lot of changes to the event, introducing the new course structure and the idea of the big marquee at the overnight camp. This certainly seems to have been widely accepted as a big improvement for the event. In my 2017 Race Director’s Report I promised some ‘specialness’ for the 2018 event as it would be the 20th Anniversary of the original GL3D™. Apart from organising the weather, we also introduced more catering options at the Overnight Camp and kept the camp at one location this year. The atmosphere around the camp, and the feedback already received clearly shows that these were welcome updates to the event… whilst I’ll reflect on these changes carefully, my inclination is that you’ll see these become regular changes to the event format for many years to come.


The-most-relaxed-event-ever ©Steve Ashworth

The sunniest and most relaxed SILVA GL3D event ever? ©Steve Ashworth


Thanks to the Event Team

As is always the case the Event Team are the glue that holds the event together, and quite simply there would be no event without them. As the organiser I owe them a huge debt of thanks, and I am confident that I speak for all the participants when I thank them on the participants' behalf. The Event Team for 2018 were:

  • Abbi Forsyth
  • Alex Chesters
  • Becky Tate
  • Beverley Notton
  • Caz Phillips
  • Colin Harding
  • Dan Murdoch
  • Dave Cumins
  • David Robinette
  • Geoff Cox
  • Graham Gristwood
  • Helen Samson
  • Ian Cowie
  • Jenni Whittaker
  • Kevin Powderly
  • Louise Beetlestone
  • Martin Loveless
  • Matt Gemmell
  • Nick Morrall
  • Paul Blundell
  • Philip Wilkinson
  • Sandra Williams
  • Shane Ohly
  • Stuart Smith
  • Sue Dowker
  • Susan Nash
  • Tiffany Hanley
  • Tim Glasby
  • Tom Hecht



Event Team briefing ©Tom Hecht


Stakeholder Thanks

Of course, the event would not have been possible without the consent of the major landowner, which is the National Trust, and we would like to sincerely thank them. There are many other key stakeholders in the event including many different landowners, and organisations like Wild Ennerdale. I would like to sincerely thank them for helping to make the event a hugely rewarding and enriching experience for all the participants. 



The 2018 results are now live. If you spot any errors, please let us know and we will check. Please note, that anyone who finished before 13:00 on Saturday and Sunday, and 12:00 on Monday will have a finish time (and therefore overall time), based on these times.


Photos & Video

A photographer's selection has been posted on our Facebook Page so you can best tag yourself and your friends (also available in the website galleries). The video features at the top of this page. More photos will appear soon.


Your Photos and Video

If you have any photos, videos, or blog posts about the 2018 event that you would be willing to share on social media, please tag our Facebook page or Twitter (@GreatLakeland3D) or Instagram (@GreatLakeland3Day) handles. We might share our favourites.



Our wood-fired pizza went down a treat! ©Tom Hecht


Lost Property

The following items were handed into us over the weekend. If you think any of them are yours, please contact us with a description and we will arrange their return:

  • Inov8 shorts
  • Adidas women's shoes
  • Inov8 men's shoes
  • Water bottle with orange lid
  • Clear-lens running glasses (prescription lens)
  • Compass! [claimed]
  • Reading glasses


Participant Feedback

We would welcome any feedback from participants… good or bad! If you enjoyed yourself, just a few sentences about your experience that we could include on the website would be greatly appreciated. If you feel we could have done something better, please let us know. All feedback is valuable in making the event ever better and everything is read and considered carefully. Please use our contact form to get in touch or if you prefer e-mailing directly info [at] greatlakeland3day.com​



Such a stunning setting for an overnight camp, we spent two nights! ©Tom Hecht


What’s Next

We suspect that if you enjoyed spending the Early May Bank Holiday weekend with Ourea Events, there's every chance you'd like to join us again for the 2019 edition of the SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day™. Entries will open Monday 2nd July 2018 - subscribe to keep informed.

You might also be tempted to take part in (or follow the live tracking in) one of our upcoming events. Here are some highlights:


10Peaks™ The Lakes - 23-24th June 2018 | Brecon Beacons - 14-15th July 2018

The 10Peaks™ events are designed to challenge even the toughest competitors, combining ultra-distance running/hiking with some of the UK's most rugged and mountainous terrain. Navigation plays a major part as there are no marked trails leaving competitors to plot the quickest, safest route between the 10 finest peaks. These non-stop courses vary from 48km to 89km and must be completed within 24 hours!



ROC Mountain Marathon™ - 29-30th September 2018 - The Lake District

The ROC Mountain Marathon™ is a two-day fell running and navigation challenge for solos and pairs with an overnight camp. Famously relaxed and welcoming, the fun and friendly atmosphere of the ROC Mountain Marathon™ is epitomised by the lack of prescribed start times, the wide spread of prize categories and the opportunity for younger competitors to participate. This year it returns to the Lake District!



Salomon Skyline Scotland™ - 13-16th September 2018 - Kinlochleven

The 2018 extended weekend of Salomon Skyline Scotland™ hosts an unprecedented festival of Skyrunning® with the 2018 Skyrunning World Championships on the 13-15th (including the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™), followed by a Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series race, the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline® on Sunday 16th September:



Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race® - 20-24th May 2019

The legendary Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race® follows the mountainous spine of Wales from north to south. This incredible 5-day journey is 315 kilometres long with 15,500 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. It is not a trail race, rather one of the toughest mountain running races in the world. The 2019 edition is almost sold out, so if you are considering entering please don’t hesitate a second more!



Cape Wrath Ultra™ - 20-27th May 2018

The Cape Wrath Ultra™ is a once in a lifetime, 8-day ultra-running expedition race weaving 400km through the Highlands of Scotland. Starting in Fort William, the race takes participants on an incredible journey linking ancient footpaths and remote tracks to the furthest north-westerly point of the British Isles, Cape Wrath. Watch the live tracking and events reports from Sunday 20th May:

LIVE GPS TRACKING - from 20th May