Inspirational Challenges for 2023

Looking for an achievable goal to train towards? Don’t miss these inspiring walking and running challenges based in the UK. 

The start of a new year is always a great opportunity to reset and refocus your energies on some exciting new plans. For #TeamMontane, our global ultra events will what they’re already eagerly training for. But these events have been designed for experienced racers who are at the peak of their physical fitness. So what about the rest of us?

For keen adventurers, the key is to find something to work towards. To put fire in your belly, adding fuel to the hours of training and hardship to create an experience worthy of your efforts. So for those of you who aren’t quite at the ultra running level just yet, but are eager to take their running (or walking) to the next level, look no further than the following…

George Fisher's Tea (& Espresso) Round

The Tea Round is a 30+ mile challenge with 12000+ft of ascent, starting and finishing at the doors of George Fisher’s, Keswick.  The aim being to summit a set number of peaks in any order you fancy, with the Espresso Round being shorter.  We have partnered with GF to support the round, providing badges and T-shirts for anyone who completes. Both challenges can be run or walked, dependant on your fitness level.

Montane are also match-funding all donations generated to Fix the Fells from both Tea & Espresso rounds, helping to protect the mountains we all love so much. Learn more about this epic challenge in the Lake District in our dedicated guide to the George Fischer Tea Round.

Lakeland Trail Series

Brought to you by the mastermind behind the much-loved Lakeland 50 & 100 ultra, the Lakeland trail series offers a range of accessible distances in different locations across the Lake District next year. Whether you’re looking to take on a 10k or a half marathon - there’s something for all running abilities here!

Based across the Lake District, in January, February, May and June, each challenge is set against a stunning backdrop and provides plenty of motivation to hit the trail early in the season! Go on, why not give one a go?

Outside Hope Valley Round

Hot on the heels of the success of the Tea Round, here’s another fantastic challenge for eager runners seeking a stimulating challenge in the Peak District National Park! This thrilling 30-mile loop starts and finishes at the Outside shop in Hathersage, before heading on a rollercoaster journey through the heart of the Peaks.

Want to find out more about this inspiring new running challenge? #TeamMontane’s Jen Scotney shares her favourite parts of the loop in this insightful blog.

Montane Strava Challenges

For those seeking motivation, look no further than the Montane Strava Club! With thousands of like-minded members all eager to push their limits and go beyond, it’s a great place to feel energised and encouraged to do the same.

Throughout the year we also host achievable challenges to help give you that extra motivation to get moving. These often come with added incentives to help you along the way. Join the club and keep your eyes peeled for our next group challenge - go on, we dare you!

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