Sporting Events 2024

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 2024

9th MarchDerwentwater HeadThe sporting season kicks off with a rowing competition hosted by Lakeland Rowing Club. Race in fours, quads and eights, in three divisions, over a 3km course on Derwentwater. Entries close on the 3rd March.
17th -19th MayKeswick Mountain Festival
This year the full multi-sport event calendar returns and you will find a bigger schedule of sporting and outdoors events and a brand new look for 2024.
16th JuneThe Lakesman
The full Triathlon is not running this year, but they are running two halfs, the lakesman swim/bike or run/bike.
22nd June 10 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
7th SeptemberLakeland Trails
5k, 10k and 15k races and challenges for runners as well as walkers, suitable for all abilities.
22nd SeptemberKeswick Half Marathon
Keswick Half Marathon is said to be one of the most scenic half marathon routes in the country. The challenging course takes you around Derwentwater with an extra loop into the Newlands valley.
27th - 29th September13 Valleys Ultra
Tackle the full 13 Valleys or choose some shorter distances. For this event you have to clarify to are an off road endurance runner.

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. 

12th May Fred Whitton
Grasmere The ultimate cycle challenge – take on all the road passes in the Lake District
18th 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
26th May Whinlatter Sprint Duathlon and Half and 10k Whinlatter A hilly but accessible series of races round Whinlatter Forest
1st - 2nd June OMM Festival Grasmere OMM Lite adventure race, Grasmere Gallop trail races, music and workshops all weekend
7th - 9th June Great North Swim Run
Windermere Teams of two navigate and swim round the Windermere based courses
Several dates throughout the year in different locations around the Lake District Lakeland Trails Marathon, ½ and 10k
several locations Choose your distance
1st September Helvellyn Triathlon
Glenridding One of the toughest triathlons in the world, incorporating Ullswater, Helvellyn and The Struggle
To Be Confirmed (at the time the blog went live) 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
19th 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
To be confirmed (at the time blog went live) 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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