About Us

Tri-Island Running is designed to bring you marathons by marathon runners. We are based in the north west of England, on the edge of the beautiful Lake District and offer a diverse number of courses which are both single loop and multi lap courses.

We offer, marathons, Ultra marathons and half marathons and we welcome runners of all abilities.

Being next to the coast and close to the lake district means that we have some stunning landscapes here and on clear days, the views across the water are amazing.


We work closely with the local council and have agreed a number of venues for Race HQ and these vary from Leisure Centres, Museums and even down on the sea front (council didn’t have to provide that one for us).


Having been part of the running community for many years now, we have made strong links with the other race directors throughout the country and therefore have great support for each other and can be found running at each others events or helping out on the aid stations. We have links on our page which detail other race websites so that should we be unable to provide a race on a particular date, we can recommend other events that may be going on at that time.

Chris Kay

Marathon / Ultra Runner / Race Director


I live in Barrow In Furness and was born and raised here.

At age 13, I was introduced to the world of ultra marathons (although I didn’t know it at the time) and completed a 40 mile walk through the lake district.


Each year I would complete the Keswick to Barrow 40 mile and each year tried to better my time. It became apparent that in order to get better I would have to start running. In 2009 I completed my first half marathon and in 2012 I completed my first marathon (Edinburgh) in 2012 and from here my love of running and endurance events grew rapidly.

Now, having ran 160 marathons to date, I am looking at turning my hand to race directing and have created these coastal marathons for others in the running community to enjoy. It's also a great opportunity for those in Barrow to have some local races right on there doorstep.

As well as running i've tried my hand at Triathlon events with 2014 seeing me complete my first official Ironman closely followed by an Un-official Iron distance triathlon the month after.

2017 will see me re-kindle that love as i take on the Lake Districts Iron Distance event the Triathlon X. I also hope to compete in Ironman Wales this year and also the Brutal Events double Iron distance.

My first big challege of 2017 will be the Thams Path 100 which is the start of the centurion Grand Slam and although training hasnt started yet that will be my first focus for the year.