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Langdale Horseshoe


Entries open on 1st August on SI entries website

A detailed overview of the challenges this race presents are on this ‘FRA matrix’ here
You must read this information in this matrix carefully if you are entering the race for the first time

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

Race start: 11am

Entry fee: £12 FRA members  £15 non-FRA members

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 mountainous (Lakes, Scotland, N Wales) category A ‘non-GPS’ fell races in previous 3 years, or similar relevant experience (significant mountain experience)

Please read the 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.

Narrow roads – please car share if possible.

Organiser: Tom Hare



Tel: 07584 557448

ENTRY 2023

Cost is £12 for FRA members and £15 for non-FRA members. Join the FRA here.

Enter on SI entries from 1st August. Limit of 550.

Entries close 4pm Wednesday 9th October 2024

There are no refunds but substitutions can be made on SI entries 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 11.55
3 Esk Hause Shelter 235083 12.55
4 Bowfell 245064
5 Crinkle Crags 249049
6 Pike O’Blisco 271042
7 Cattle Grid 289051

CUT OFF TIMES IN PLACE TO PROTECT FELL TOP MARSHALS (may be relaxed in fair weather)

Thunacar Knott       11.55  (after 55 mins)

Esk Hause shelter  12.55  (after 1hr 55mins)


Men: 1.55.03, A. Styan, 1977

Women: 2.22.50, V. Wilkinson, 2016

To encourage elite runners to attack the above, a cash prize of £100 to the men’s and/or women’s winner should they break the record.


2023 253 runners

2022 421 runners

2021 269 runners

2020 – no race due to COVID

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.