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Sustainable Challenge Events

The stunning Lake District and Cumbria landscape is a true adventure playground for thousands of people who visit every year to take part in an array of organised recreational events: from triathlons to openwater swims, fun runs to fell runs.

Outdoor events inevitably have an impact on the natural environment in which they take place. We want people to be able to enjoy the recreational challenges without compromising the opportunities for people to continue this enjoyment into the future. A sustainable event is one in which negative environmental, social and economic impacts are kept to a minimum - and positive impacts are encouraged, enhanced and celebrated.

To help event organisers to host a sustainable event, we’ve produced Your Guide to Sustainable Organised Recreational Events which brings together all the relevant information into one document. This guidance is for organisers of events based on active outdoor recreation, where groups of participants meet at a set date, time and location. These events could be fell and trail running, mountain biking, triathlons, marathons, orienteering, sponsored walks, off-roading, canoeing, open water swims, riding and multi-day events.

Research began in 2009 and the guide was first written and produced in 2013 by Ruth Kirk, Nurture Lakeland as one of 19 projects being delivered by the Windermere Reflections programme. The toolkit was supported by an advisory group made upi of representatives from the Lake District National Park Authority, Friends of the Lake District, National Trust, Cumbria Tourism and the Environment Agency. The guide was reprinted in 2014 to include information on new transport servies, funded by Go Lakes Travel.