Ascend Events came about after a conversation with my Dad. He had been involved in organising a number of Long Distance Walking Association challenges for some time but they had dropped several exceptional events from their calendar and had no plans to bring them back. We were both disappointed that people wouldn’t have the opportunity to take part in races on these routes any more.
We felt that between us we had both the experience in organising events and the passion for the Lake District and endurance sports to make it a success… and Ascend was born.
It was important for me that they will be challenging races, that will be a tough test for most people but also provide the support & assistance to make them accessible, achievable and enjoyable for everyone, from elite athletes to weekend fell walkers. We aim to do this by taking the best of what we’ve learnt from trail races, ultra runs and the LDWA.
All our events will be great value for money, the decision to do this wasn’t based on making it into a profitable business but more about being able to share some brilliant trails in truly stunning locations with people who may not have done these types of events before. We will be provided a huge variety of food (something that many walks are famed for) , there will always be a hot meal at the end for all entrants and we will be giving all finishers a bespoke medal.
They will be relaxed and easy going events, the focus is on them being fun & friendly… after all they are being organised by a family. They will be timed, but they’re as much about enjoying being in some of the most beautiful locations in England as finishing fast.
Our first race will be Four Passes on 15th October and we’re confident that everyone that completes the route will love it. I did.
The route was originally put on by the warden of Borrowdale Youth Hostel and was run from there for many years, it grew in size to well over 500 participants but became too difficult to manage. It fell into disuse before Bob took the route on and organised the challenge for the LDWA, but it is no longer on their calendar and we believe it is too good a route not to be used as an event.
It is an absolutely classic 20(ish) miles route taking in four of the Lake Districts most scenic valleys and their adjoining passes. It is a circular (actually more of a square) route which starts and finishes at Rosthwaite Village Hall in Borrowdale, at the southern end of Derwent Water. The first pass takes you to Sty Head Tarn situated between the Scafell Massif and Great Gable before dropping to the beautiful and always dramatic Wasdale with Cumbria’s deepest lake. Onto the second which is Black Sail Pass & the third Scarth Gap, which happens to be the easiest ascent of the day & gives views of Haystacks, Wainwrights resting place to the right. The fourth and final pass is an old miners path and is definitely the toughest ascent of the day but once the hard work is done you will pass the old miners building on your way to the top of Honisters Pass and be rewarded with some fabulous views as you start the descent & the return to the village hall.
The views all day are fantastic… but never forget to look behind for those sights are equally as stunning.
Check out our event listings on our website for details of our other events.