Recce guides - Lakes in a Day

Recce Guides

The recce’s are not just an opportunity to check out the route but also a chance to meet and chat to experienced runners who know this route well. We have selected runners who are not focused on the elite end but also have a passion and appreciation for the full field of runners who take on this event.


Joe Faulkner

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Photo Eddie Winthorpe

Lead for each recce – man who needs little introduction having taken on many of the UK’s long distance running challenges and Adventure Races. Behind Nav4 Adventure and provides navigation training for groups and individuals. If you are looking for a bit more – Joe often offers something else on the Sunday after a LIAD recce. Do contact him. www.nav4.co.uk

Peter Sowerby

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Peter is usually smiling when its all going wrong. A veteran of the Lakes in a Day, the Northern Traverse and the Lakeland 100. He has also been found on Halls Fell Ridge helping runners navigate their way down this steep ridge.

Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn

Recce guides
Current female record holder for the Lakes in a Day – importantly you won’t find anyone else out on the hill having more a wonderful time when its bucketing down with rain. If Katie’s infectious smile doesn’t make you smile.. your cold.

Scott Newburn

Recce guides
Scott runs the New Ing Lodge, a hostel in Shap and can be found on most days gallivanting around the local hills. In 2018 he came 4th overall. What makes Scott special is that he has Type 1 diabetes and is really a cyborg – plugged in to an insulin pump and glucose sensor. He says its an advantage.. we are not so sure.

Kim Collison

Recce guides
One of the best ultra runners in the UK and a previous record holder of the Lakes in a Day. Currently has the fastest time for a winter Bob Graham round 15hrs 47 mins. In his previous life he has planned events for Open Adventure and worked as an instructor for Outward Bound.

Dave Howarth

Recce guides
If you see Dave out on the hill, Fern his search dog will be nearby. Dave is Team Leader for Kendal Mountain Rescue team, but also runs and is a finisher of the Northern Traverse and Spine Challenger. Dave also puts much of the signage out on the 2nd half of the Lakes in a Day – so is the guide you need to follow on the Ambleside to Cartmel recce.

John Douglas

Recce guides
John is local to the south Lakes, his running club Allithwaite uses much of the route for their training ground. John also worked at YMCA Lakeside so knows how to navigate around the black hole of the woods that swallow a runner each year. In 2019 John was the runner that course checked the 2nd half of the route before the lead runners got there.. just to make sure all of the signage was in the right place.

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