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    Hardest UK fell race....?

    I sincerely apologise if this topic has been done to death many times before, but I wonder if people have any varied opinion on the hardest fell race in the UK...

    I am talking of 'traditional' one day races, as opposed to ultras or multi day events...

    I hear wasdale and jura get offered up as good examples, but what about Nant peris, ennerdale, Buttermere....?

    Any others I have missed... Anything elsewhere in the UK such as south Wales, Yorkshire or the Peak District...?

    As these are the types of races I aspire to be competitive in, it's an interesting topic for me, if not for anyone else...!

    Pete

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    This is going to be about your definition of "hard". Those are certainly the longest and highest. I suspect some people would find races like Coniston Gulleys hardest to do well in. Great Lakes perhaps (although I've only ever reccied this).
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    I'd agree with the Great Lakes. Much shorter than Wasdale but it packs a lot in!
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    Daz Holloway

    I ran it two years ago great day out. Not done wasdale but people have said it is a similar challange

    https://fellrace.org.uk/races/daz/

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    Wasdale, then Great Lakes, but there is not a lot in it.

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    Billy said it was 3 Peaks and Edale, as there's so much running involved
    Wasdale is considered hardest by many (well, the PBS maps at least) as it's got the distance and Scafell Pike right at the end.
    Jura isn't as long but 8000' climb in the first 11 miles, then THAT road.
    In terms of stats, I believe Great Lakes is the only race (outside of short up'n'down blasts) with an average ascent of >100m/mile.
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    Wow lots of varied opinions which is interesting. Yes it definitely depends on personal strengths and weaknesses....

    I'm doing the grasmere race this year as I will be in the lakes that weekend, and personally dreading the short steep sprint of a race, compared to say Kentmere next weekend where I'm raring to go...

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    Old County Tops deserve a mention? Personally I've always found it a bit of a challenge.

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