The air is filled with the sound of clapping and cheering, you push yourself across the finish line, lungs burning, legs face and arms spattered with Lake District mud, a manic grin on your face, and the quiet satisfaction that every step you’ve taken has helped to care for the landscape that holds a special place in your heart.

Keswick Mountain Festival happens in May (Thurs 19- Sun 21 May for 2016) and each year thousands of people flock to compete in the swimming, cycling and running races held in the beautiful Lakeland scenery around Keswick, as well as hundreds of guided walks, rides and talks that take place throughout the weekend.

Because of the new ‘payback’ scheme launched by the National Trust in 2015, every competitor is now also helping to raise funds for vital conservation work that takes place in the same area.

Take part in your favourite sport, in an amazing landscape, and help to care for that landscape as you compete – it’s a win, win, win situation.

How the festival protects fragile habitats

The festival raised £4,000 for National Trust conservation work in 2015, which helped to fund really important work protecting fragile upland heath habitats by paying for repairs to a wall along Iron Crag, a remote but nationally important heather habitat above Ennerdale, just 12 miles from Keswick as the crow flies.