"Trail Running in a Mountainous Environment"
For 2022 there are no shorter distances on offer
Date: Sunday 21st August 2022
Event Briefing Notes will be available to download here approx 5 days prior to the event
The event is to be held in conjunction with the Salomon Scafell Pike Trail Marathon
Make sure to take in all the stunning vistas this route has in abundance. Now in it's ninth year, the Borrowdale Trail Run is a classic on the trail race calendar. Based from Keswick, the course is a trail runners dream, incorporating everything in terms of scenery and variation of terrain.
Borrowdale Recce Run 2017
Date: Sunday 21st August 2022 Distance: 21k Entry Fee: £30 + online fee
Venue: Crow Park, Lake Road, Keswick, CA12 5DJ. Start Times: 21km - 8.30am (TBC)
Registration venue: Registration is to be at the event HQ located at Crow Park, Keswick.
Please Note: the start location for the 21k is different to the finish.
Start Location: The event will start from the track adjacent to the entrance/car park at Lingholm, CA12 5TZ (GR 251 223). This is just outside the village of Portinscale, which is approx. 35min walk/25min jog from event HQ (see map at bottom of page).
Finish Location: Crow Park, Keswick
Registration: The Registration Venue is Crow Park - Race Numbers will be issued here.
Registrationwill be available between: Saturday 20th: 1500 - 1700 (TBC) at Crow Park
Sunday 21st: 0600 - 0745 (TBC) at Crow Park
Finish Location: Finish at Crow Park, Keswick
Registration: Numbers will be issued at registration. Nothing will be posted prior to the event.
Please Note camping/overnight parking is not permitted at the venue
What's Included in Your Entry:
All event organisation
Safety team cover during the race including qualified & experienced personel at various checkpoints
Qualified medical support
Electronic Chip Timing
Fully marked routes
A stunning event venue
Hydration station on the course & finish
Unique finishers medal
Customised race number
Contribution to National Trust (This helps directly with trail maintenance & repair in this beautiful area)
For refunds, deferrals and cancellation policies please consult our T&Cs page
Terrain: A key feature of the route is the well balanced mix of woodland trails, rocky singletracks and a few testing climbs following footpaths and bridleways.
All courses will be well marked so there is no need for any navigational skills...just enjoy the beautiful scenery with every step of the way.....
Route Highlights & Course Overview: From scenic lakeshore trails, through beautiful wooded valleys, the routes have been designed to incorporate many of the iconic locations around the Borrowdale Valley including Castle Crag, Suprise View, Ashness Bridge, Great Wood, Friar's Crag, the traditional lakeland hamlets of Grange, Rosthwaite & Watendlath. Here are some of the main features incorporated into the route...
Starting adjacent to Lingholm, the initial section follows the woodland trail towards Hawse End Bay on the shores of Derwentwater. The route then continues alongside the beautiful shoreline weaving it's way around the various bays & inlets.
Enjoy the lakeshore trails
At the south part of the lake, a short road section leads to the picturesque hamlet of Grange. After following the trail along the river derwent, the first main climb is soon reached as the route initially ascends through the ancient oak woodlands, a prominent feature of the valley. The second part of this climb is really spectacular, winding its way up alongside the dramatic rocky slopes of Castle Crag.
Climbing along the dramatic flanks of Castle Crag
Reaching the top of the climb is breathtaking in more ways than one as the panoramic views reveal the heart of the Borrowdale valley. The route bears left at the top onto a fantastic descent towards the village of Rosthwaite.
Descending to Rosthwaite
Crossing 'New Bridge' just before Rosthwaite
The second main climb of the course starts soon after Rosthwaite. Following the bridleway, this leads to the picturesque hamlet of Watendlath. Following the river, the trail continues along the beautiful Watendlath valley to reach Ashness Wood.
Climbing out of Rosthwaite
A minor road section descends past Suprise View & the iconic Ashness Bridge, then picking up the singletrack trail traversing below Falcon Crags & into Great Wood. Cross the Borrowdale road, the last section follows the lakeshore trails past Friars Crag & follow the path skirting the shore of the bay back into the finish at Crow Park for a well deserved finish.
Crossing Ashness Bridge
Heading towards Great Wood
Terrain: A low level undulating route with a great combination of off road running terrain throughout ranging from lakeshore trails, hard-packed rocky trails, grassy tracks & woodland singletrack. The initial section around Buttermere Lake is more hard-packed trail with some technical rocky sections.
Time Limit: 4:00hrs.
Borrowdale Trail Race Video 2017
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