The 10km Trail Run with 330M of ascent is graded ‘Moderate’ and open to all levels of runner with our wave system. Cruise round or race at the front end, it is a beautiful course to be enjoyed by all!
The start is located halfway down Derwentwater and is accessed by a scenic ride on one of the Keswick Launch Company’s boats, which is included in your entry fee. The finish line is in the Festival Village.
The course is a mixture of wide-open trails through amazing woodland, a little single track, a few short and sharp hills, some road & fields to finish. Expect amazing running in some of the Lake Districts best trail running country along the shores of Derwentwater & under the fellside flank of the famous Catbells. If you’d like some help with your training, check out our free training guide in the tabs below.
Greener feed stations:
Disposable cups are a source of waste so we're keeping their use to a minimum. There will be no cups at the feed stations so please bring a re-usable foldable ‘soft cup’ or drinks bottle. You will need to carry this with you and use it on the course if you wish to use feed stations. Foldable soft cups will be available to buy in Sports Registration on the day if you need one.
The athlete guide for this event will be available here in early May 2022 approx 2 weeks before the event.
Please make sure you read this prior to coming to the event, it will answer most if not all of your questions.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and Female Overall. We will also award 1st Place Male and Female prizes for Senior, V40, V50, & V60+
Starting at Low Brandlehow, you will set off through beautiful woodland next to the shores of Derwent Water, once you’ve run through the Manesty Woods you’ll turn from South to North & take a short sharp climb up on to the flanks of Catbells for some excellent wide open trails.
This leads to the ‘Hawes End’ drinks station and then the flatter lands of Overside Woods, passing The Lingholm Estate on your right and taking forest trails until a short road section takes you through the village of Portinscale, across the suspension bridge and to the fields to the West of Keswick. An exciting and fast finish round the back of Crow Park will lead you into the Festival Site where your family & friends will be cheering you on to your own personal victory.
It is possible that events and courses at KMF may need to be amended at short notice due to weather issues, water levels, road conditions or roadworks.
By nature, many of these factors are not possible to know well in advance. For each event there are a number of alternative options available which can be implemented at short notice. The organisers and race directors will always have athlete and spectator safety as the highest priority, and within that context will seek to provide the best possible experience.
All sporting events would be impacted if the KMF Festival Village has to be closed. In this instance, as long as circumstances allow, all starts and finishes would be relocated to Lake Road and Lakeside Car Park and the events operated as smoothly as possible. The 10km route would be re-routed through Hope Park (north of Crow Park) to finish on Lake Road.
The 10km course is extremely robust and will cope with most weather. The challenging factor with the 10km route can be the mode of transport from Crow Park to the race start at Low Brandlehow. On a general race day transport is via Keswick Launches across Derwentwater to the race start. Coach transport is a back-up option if strong winds or other weather means the launches cannot sail, with 4 coaches reserved in advance of the event to transport competitors to the race start.
A bad weather route will be published closer to the Festival to be used in the event that the course needs to be adjusted.
Stunning ferry sailing
Electronic chip timing
Event t-shirt (unless you choose to donate cost of T Shirt to National Trust instead)
1 day of live music & festival village activities ticket
Hydration will be provided.
Keswick Launch Sailings
You will be taking a Keswick Launch to the western shores of Derwentwater to land at Hawes End, a few minute walk from the race start. Sit back and take in the spectacular views of the surrounding fells before the start of the race! There are four different start times so you will need to choose your ferry sailing time when booking your race. The start times of the races will be 09.00am, 10.00am, 11.00am, and 12.00 (noon). Each ferry will sail approximately 30mins prior to the start times – 08:30 (09:00), 09:30 (10:00), 10:30 (11:00) and 11:30 (12:00).
Please note; these times are subject to change and in the case of the ferries not being able to sail, coaches will take you to the start of the race.
Please also note; this is a private boat for competitors and is included in the entry price of the race.