No Cure, Always Hope Ultra                             North-west Lakes

 Haystacks Summit and Buttermere
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This route was launched in 2016 as an ultra fell running challenge under the umbrella of the '10 in 10' series of annual and anytime challenges created by Yvonne Booth. The series was devised to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis in response to her husband Duncan's diagnosis in 2010. This circuit weaves together the three '10 in 10' routes to form a classic mountain challenge from the Swinside Inn in the Newlands valley near Keswick. Simon Booth, Duncan's brother, devised the route and first completed it in June 2015 in just 8 hours 20 minutes. The challenge which can be attempted at anytime involves climbing 25 tops, crossing 39 miles of mountain terrain and ascending 17,000 feet.  A Roll of Honour board is maintained at the Swinside Inn while a leader board on the official website (see below) recognises the best times in all age and gender categories.


The object is to visit the 25 summits listed below starting and finishing at the Swinside Inn, Newlands valley.  Use OS Explorer maps (1:25000): The English Lakes - north-western area OL4 and south-western area OL6.


Click on the icon to print/view a schedule of the inaugural round in June 2016.


Completions log

All attempts must be registered in advance on the official website.  A Roll of Honour of completions is maintained at the Swinside Inn.  A leader board with all age/gender categries is included on the official website .  In addition to the entry fee runners are requested to raise or donate £50 for the MS Society.


Why not share your experience on facebook to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!

Links and Further Information


UK Big 3 Rounds
Ultras by Region

Completion Logs & Records

Route Index

​Abraham's Tea Round

Andy's  Southern Fells

Assynt Traverse
Bala Challenge

Bay Limestone Round

Bob  Baxter  Traverse
Bob Graham Round
Bowland Dozen
Bowland 1500’s
Broxap Round

Cairngorm Munros
Canary Islands 3 Peaks
Charlie Ramsay Round
Charnley Way

Cleveland Hills Challenge
Cuillin Round
Cumbrian Traverse
Dales Skyline
Dales Top Ten
Dales 2000’s

Dark Peak County Tops

Dark Peak 15 Trigs

Dartmoor Round

Denis Rankin Round

Dragon’s Tongue
Durham Hewitts

Etive Munros Round

Freeman Round
Glen Lyon Corbett Round
Great North Inns Run
Harvey Howgill Tops

John Fleetwood Lakes 40

John Fleetwood Lakes Routes

John Fleetwood Scottish Routes

John Fleetwood Welsh Round

Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge

Knoydart 7
Lakes 24
Lakes 25@25
Lakes 2500’s

Lakes Sea to Summits

Llangollen Hills Run

Loch  Lomond  Round

Leventon’s Line
Meirionnydd Round
National & Yorkshire 3 Peaks
No Cure Always Hope
Over The Hill Round
Paddy Buckley Round

Peak Traverses & Rounds

Pikes of the Lakes

Saddleworth  10 Trigs

Ring of Fire - Galloway
Scottish 4000’s

Six County Tops - Peak
Snowdonia Skyline
Snowdon to Pumlumon

South Pennine 39 Trigs
South Wales Traverse

Steve Parr Round

Tan Hill to Kirkstone Pass Inn
Tranter’s Round

Tyndrum Round
Upper Calder 13 Trigs
Wainwright 7 Summits

Wainwrights 30@30

Wicklow  Round
Yorkshire Round
Yorkshire 2000’s


Other  Ultras



Where there is a recorder please contact them to log your completion. In addition, or if there isn't a recorder, you are invited to share your experience on the gofar facebook page to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!



All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times.  Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions!  Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.


The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance mountain challenges which have been developed over the past three or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go, subject to proven mountain experience in all conditions.




Please send details of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association. Email:

Please also refer to the guidelines and definitions in the FRA Handbook.



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