Info: New entries for this event closed on Wednesday 9th June 2021.
The Ennerdale Horseshoe is Round 1 of the 2021 FRA English Championships.
The Ennerdale is also part of the Lakeland Classics Trophy (details at lakelandclassicstrophy.org.uk).
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
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.
Ennerdale Bridge and Lamplugh are the nearest villages
Emergency telephone number on the race day 01946 861811.