Great Lakeland 3 Day - Sponsored by Scarpa

Great Lakeland 3 Day - Sponsored by Scarpa

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We are pleased to announce that we are the title sponsor of The Great Lakeland 3 Day for the next three editions of the event. The GL3D is a unique festival of running held in the beautiful Lake District.

If chilled-out weekend of running in beautiful surroundings sounds like your cup of tea, then check out the GL3D.

After joining as Footwear sponsor last year – we are delighted to be the title sponsor for 2023!

If you’ve never been to the GL3D before here is what to expect!

With a history that goes back to 1998, the Scarpa Great Lakeland 3Day takes place in the Lake District each year over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend. A three-day mountain journey with overnight camping, the event now offers a choice of six different courses, covering a variety of distances and degrees of challenge.

Mix and Match Courses

With six courses to choose from each day there is loads of choice and you can pick a different course each day – so if you fancy pushing yourself one day then taking it easy the next you can do!

Unburdened Running

The GL3D team will transport your luggage form site to site. So you can enjoy three days of glorious Lake District fell-time, unburdened by the weight of your tent, food, and other overnight kit.

Truely Chilled-Out Weekend

Enjoy flexible start windows, complimentary hot drinks, and a choice of the most delicious cakes each day.

Great Lakeland 3 Day

“If you like mountains, running, maps and camping then the GL3D is a must do event for you! The event team transport your tent, food and sleeping bag to the overnight camps so all you have to worry about is getting there! I like the format of the event, it’s like a very relaxed mountain marathon with the luxury of a beer tent and food stalls.

You can also do any combination of days so you don’t have to stay in a specific category all weekend which is pretty good but if you want a ranking at the end, you must stay in the same category all weekend, so it’s great for people that want to have fun and also for those who want to take it a little more seriously!”

Howard Dracup

This is an exciting year to be a part of the GL3D with some brilliant new route options:


This is similar to the ‘Café’ course you know and love from previous years, now with slightly shorter days to make it even more achievable. Enjoy exploring the stunning Lake District at your own pace and visit some top cafés and pubs along the way.

Daily average: ~17km / ~650m

3-day total: ~50km / max. ~2000m


Named after the iconic sheep that roam the Lake District Fells, this brand new course is longer than the Café course, but not as challenging physically or navigationally as the Wainwright. It’s perfect if you’re looking to step up to a longer running challenge through some beautiful landscape

Daily average: ~22km / ~1100m

3-day total: ~65km /

Great Lakeland 3 Day


This course covers a similar distance to the former ‘Wainwright Short’ course, but it’s been renamed because it’s certainly not short. Designed to take you to the best Wainwright summits in the area, it’s a fantastic weekend out for anyone looking for an adventure.

Daily average: ~27km / ~1800m

3-day total: ~80km /


Approximately equivalent to the former ‘Wainwright Long’ course, the ‘Fellrunner’ course is a great challenge for those looking to explore some remote parts of the Lake District. The distance and height gain make this a tough course, but the views will be ample reward.

Daily average: ~33km / ~2400m

3-day total: ~100km /


Similar in distance and height gain to the former ‘Expert’ course, the ‘Extreme’ course is for those looking for a real challenge. Not for novices, the ‘Extreme’ course is perfect for those wanting to push themselves to their limits, while taking them to the most beautiful parts of the Lake District.

Daily average: ~40km / ~2900m

3-day total: ~120km /


Perhaps the most exciting addition this year, on this course, you really can choose your own adventure. Visit whichever checkpoints you want each day and see how many different ones you can visit in total over the weekend. Walk/run for as long as you want and make up your own route!

Daily average: You choose!

Scarpa Demo Zone


Plus, we will be bringing back the popular Scarpa Demo Zone

Yes, you can try our shoes on the course for free. Come and see us at the Scarpa Tent where you can see the range of Scarpa Trail shoes and take them running for a day, two or the full weekend!

Entries for the 2023 GL3D are open now – so book your place now!