Sporting Events 2023

With nutrition advice from The Edwardene

It may not come as a surprise that Keswick is home to a myriad of sporting events. It has a long history of being a centre for fell walking, fell running and climbing. Fast forward to today and this tradition continues with all sorts of events for all abilities. You’ll find family friendly events suitable for all ages and abilities, to some of the toughest challenges in the country. So read on to find an event that appeals to you.  

Keswick Sporting Events 2023

4th March Derwentwater Head
The sporting season kicks off with a rowing competition hosted by Lakeland Rowing Club. Racing will take place over two divisions on a 3000m course on Derwentwater
29th April Lakeland 3 Day Three-day orienteering event with a range of courses. This year starting from Braithwaite
20th – 21st May Keswick Mountain Festival
This year KMF is hosting a Trail Running Weekend rather than the full Mountain Festival. Take part in a 5k all the way up to a 50k ultra, this is a great event for all the family
17th June10 in 10 Challenge
The 10 in 10 challenge is a walking challenge raising money for the MS Society. It involves either hiking 10 peaks in 10 hours; or bring your family and complete the Family 5in5
18th June The Lakesman Triathlon
Designed to appeal to both the novice and experienced athlete, this Keswick based race takes in some great routes in lesser-known areas
9th July Derwentwater Epic Lakes Swim
You can take part in a 500m, 1 mile or 3.8k distance open water swim, all on Derwentwater
20th August Scafell Pike Trail Marathon and Borrowdale 21k A trail marathon from Keswick to England’s highest peak and back again
2nd September Lakeland Trails Keswick
A variety of distances with walking and running categories for all abilities
24th September Keswick Half Marathon
A scenic road half marathon round Derwentwater and Newlands

Find out more about these and all other events and festivals happening in Keswick here. 

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Accommodation for Keswick events can book up early - book now here

Read on for some sports nutrition advice and events elsewhere in the Lake District.

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Sports Nutrition Advice From Lucy At The Edwardene*

Many of our guests in The Lake District are coming to enjoy endurance sports such as fell running, ultras, triathlons and sportives. Your food choices when preparing for these events have never been more important. Nutritious food provides vital fuel to power our health and wellbeing and help us reach our full potential.

For guests undertaking endurance activities one of our recommendations is our special raspberry and chocolate overnight oats. This is made with kefir, as well as chia and hemp seeds, to provide a gut friendly, high protein and slow carb releasing option to fuel your day.

Why would we recommend this? Well, Kefir is a cultured fermented milk drink, traditionally made with goats milk and living kefir ‘grains’ which are combinations of living good gut bacteria (probiotics) and yeast. This helps to replenish the good guys in your gut!! It is also a good source of protein.

Oats are high in carbohydrates, and when soaked overnight become starch resistant. These are digested in the small intestine and then ferment in the large intestine. As the fibres ferment, they act as a prebiotic and feed the good gut bacteria.

Hemp and chia seeds are rich in disease-fighting antioxidants. Both contain omega-3 fatty acids and protein, though hemp seeds provide a higher amount. Chia seeds and raspberries also contain high fibre, which can support regularity, blood sugar management, heart health, and satiety.

As a Guest House it’s also important to accommodate guests with special dietary needs. These could include dietary requirements and restrictions such as gluten free, dairy free, vegan, nut free, low carb etc.

There are an increasing number of guests asking for a specific diet to be catered for when they come and stay at a B&B. This may be due to food allergies, which are becoming more common. Or it could be because of personal or religious beliefs, medical reasons to follow a specific diet, or pregnancy.

The Lake District is a popular year round destination. During large events accommodation gets booked out early. Don’t miss your opportunity to book somewhere with the right type of breakfast to fuel your day.

*The Edwardene is an AA rated 4 Gold Star Guest House with an additional AA Award for its high quality breakfasts with an emphasis on fresh preparation and quality local ingredients. The owner Lucy Magrin has an NTEC accreditation in nutrition in culinary practice and has designed a number of options according to guest requirements. 

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Why not give our recipe a go:


50g jumbo rolled oats

1 ½ tsp shelled hemp seeds

1 ½ tsp chia seeds

120g plain biotiful kefir

120g semi-skimmed milk

½ tsp vanilla extract

1 ½ tsp maple syrup

50g raspberries

1 tsp pumpkin seeds

4g 70% dark lindt chocolate (finely chopped)


1)Place the oats, hemp seeds, chia seeds, kefir, milk, vanilla extract and maple syrup into a bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

2)In the morning spoon into a glass tumbler and top with the raspberries, dark chocolate and pumpkin seeds.

Calories 487 carbs 60g fat 18g protein 20g sodium 6mg sugar 21g

Other Sporting Events in the Lake District

Of course, Keswick is also a great base for some of the other sporting events happening elsewhere in the Lake District. Below are some highlights of the Lake District sporting calendar. 

7th May Fred Whitton Grasmere The ultimate cycle challenge – take on all the road passes in the Lake District
21st May Windermere Road Marathon
Windermere This marathon takes in a full lap of Windermere, often described as the friendliest and most beautiful marathon in the UK
27th & 28th May
Whinlatter Sprint Duathlon and Half and 10k Whinlatter A hilly but accessible series of races round Whinlatter Forest
3rd June OMM Festival Grasmere OMM Lite adventure race, Grasmere Gallop trail races, music and workshops all weekend
10th June Great North Swim Run Windermere Teams of two navigate and swim round the Windermere based courses
11th June Lakeland Trails Marathon, ½ and 10k Coniston Scenic trail lap of Coniston
3rd September Helvellyn Triathlon Glenridding One of the toughest triathlons in the world, incorporating Ullswater, Helvellyn and The Struggle
17th September Ambleside 25k and 50k
Ambleside Trail races through some of the most spectacular scenery the Lake District has to offer. Explore Coniston, Langdale and Grasmere before returning to Ambleside
21st October
Langdale Marathon and 1/2
Great Langdale Beautiful, challenging road race, this has a reputation as the UKs toughest road marathon, all set in the stunning Langdale
9th December Christmas Pudding 10k
Great Langdale Get into the festive spirit with this beautiful 10k. Dig out your fancy dress for this run along Langdale. Every finisher gets a Christmas pudding

Keswick is perfectly positioned for lots of Lake District races. Search for your Keswick accommodation here.

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