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C.F.R.A - Ennerdale Horseshoe

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Saturday 12th June 2021

Entries Open
Monday 22nd March 2021 at 10:00
Entries Close
Wednesday 9th June 2021
Entries so Far
387 Participants
Waiting List Entries
86 Participants
Entry Fees
Entry Fee   £15.00   
Event Organiser - Colin Dulson
01539 735134

The Ennerdale Horseshoe is Round 1 of the 2021 FRA English Championships.

The Ennerdale is also part of the Lakeland Classics Trophy (details at

Fee includes light refreshment and use of SPORTident race management / results system.

All SI-Cards are provided and pre logged onto the system, No personal SI-Cards will be used. 

A Waiting List will be used if the event becomes full (450 limit).

Age limit:  Over 18 on the day of the race.

Start: 10:30am from Ennerdale Scout camp GR 088154, go to Ennerdale bridge and follow the signs.
*If a mass start is not allowed due to current restrictions, we may have to use staggered start times from 10:30am*

Course                                                        Checkpoint                            Closing time

1st Check        Great Borne                          124164                                   12.15hrs

2nd Check       Red Pike                               160154                                   12.45hrs

3rd Check        Black Beck Tarn                    201129                                   13.45hrs

4th Check        Green Gable                          215106                                   14.30hrs

5th Check        Kirk Fell                                 194104                                    15.00hrs

6th Check        Pillar                                      171121                                    16.00hrs

7th Check        Haycock                                145107                                       ----

8th Check        Iron crag                                122119                                       ----

9th Check        Crag Fell                                097143                                       ----

Follow flags from the 9th check to the finish

Route description

This race route is not for the faint hearted but after completing you’ll proudly display it on your runners CV. It is a horseshoe but in many respects it is an out and back race. If you retire at or near the midway point (Green Gable ish!) you have a 10 mile jog, walk, stumble back to registration along the valley floor.

The route is flagged from the start to half way up Great Borne (GR 113166) and from the final summit of Crag Fell to the finish.

The only guaranteed water is at Black Beck Tarn (GR 201129). There is sometimes water on the way round to Beck Head from Green Gable and some carried by summit marshals and friends. Save for squeezing water from grass and cactus plants there is little or no ground water on the return leg past Beck Head.

The last 6 to 7 miles of the race route is (can be) fast running as the ground changes to low angled grass slopes. If you’ve left enough in your legs from the run out and over Pillar you will be able to take advantage of this.

People often go wrong by descending into Buttermere from High Crag and by turning south over Red Pike (Wasdale) and into Wasdale. These are both painful and potentially expensive route deviations. There is no transportation / taxis provided by the race organisers if you descend into the wrong valley so these parts of the route are worth fixing in your mind and on your compass. There is a dangerous and difficult section of the race in the descent from Kirk Fell summit (194104) to Black Sail Pass (192114) details of this and advice will be given on race day.


1:25,000 Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure Map 4

1:50,000 Ordnance Survey Landranger Sheet 89

Pete Bland Sports also carry race specific maps for the Ennerdale


Men: Seniors. Vet 40 and 5 year categories to Vet 70

Lady: Seniors, Vet 40 and 5 year categories to Vet 70

Teams: 1st ladies team and 1st men’s team

Winning team = lowest score calculated by adding the race positions of the first 4 runners


Toilets and limited changing facilities are available at the scout camp race registration.Post race there are 5/6 showers available.

Limited parking is available on the campsite on a first come first serve basis. Additional parking is being negotiated to cater for the extra traffic of the Championship year.

A communication will go out about the parking in the lead up to race day, but runners are requested to share transport where ossible to reduce traffice/parking issues.

Please note that runners ar requested NOT to wash/swim in the river that runs along side the campsite/start/finish due to SSSI restrictions

Accommodation and Campsites

No camping by runners can be permitted on the scout camp itself. If you are intending to stay locally you will have to make arrangements to camp or hotel/B&B locally.

Good accommodation and camping web sites are:

Ennerdale Bridge and Lamplugh are the nearest villages

Emergency telephone number on the race day 01946 861811.

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