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Langdale Horseshoe


***Unfortunately the race in 2020 is cancelled. Despite our best efforts it will not be possible to organise the event within the present COVID restrictions. The race will be back in 2021 all being well***

AL 21.1km/1450m (12.5 miles/4600ft)

Race start 11am

Cost £10. (see note above about 2020 race)

Teams (Men 4, Ladies 3) free

This race is over a rough, tough course with almost exclusively rocky and slippy ground. The weather in October is rarely ‘pleasant’ and the fells are often clagged in, making navigation difficult on a course with many pathless sections.  If you are at all unsure of your ability to complete the course safely, you should gain more experience and come back another year. Previous experience of similar races will be asked for as part of the entry system (2 medium or long category A races in previous 3 years, or similar relevant experience)

Please read the Ambleside ‘Golden Rules’ for fell racing here and FRA safety requirements here before you enter.

Please also note that Ambleside AC do not allow the use of certain GPS functions for navigation in their races, in line with FRA rules. Before you enter, please read our rationale and details of the rules here

Narrow roads – please car share if possible.

Organiser: Dan Duxbury



Tel: 01539 728249

ENTRY 2020

Cost is £10. Enter on SI entries from 1st July. Limit of 500.

Entries close 4pm Wednesday 7th October 2020

There are no refunds but substitutions can be made up to the Wednesday before the race.

We are afraid that for every damaged or lost dibber Sport Ident charge £30, so we have to pass this charge on to the individual competitor. Please look after them!


Race parking and registration near the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel at the head of Langdale valley

Description Grid Ref Closing Time
1 Stream/Path 289080
2 Thunacar Knott 279080
3 Esk Hause Shelter 235083 12.55
4 Bowfell 245064 13.35
5 Crinkle Crags 249049 14.15
6 Pike O’Blisco 271042 14.50
7 Cattle Grid 289051


Esk Hause shelter   12.55

Bowfell                   13.35

Crinkle Crags         14.15

Blisco                     14.50


Men: 1.55.03, A. Styan, 1977

Ladies: 2.22.50, V. Wilkinson, 2016

To encourage elite runners to attack the above, a prize of £100 to the mens and/or ladies winner should they break the record.


2019 397 runners

2018 242 runners

2017 345 runners

2016 390 runners

2015 380 runners

2014 375 runners

2013 397 runners
306 runners

2011 364 runners

2010 358 runners
2009 309 runners
2008 370 runners

2007  237 finishers

2006 325 runners

2005 369 finishers

2004 272 finishers

2003 346 finishers

2002 219 finishers

2001 No race – Foot & Mouth

2000 202 finishers

1999 259 finishers


1983 No race

1982 Race to Scafell & back

1981 1st only.