An ideal long distance course all contained within the Ennerdale valley.
Unfortunately we will not be going ahead with this event for 2020
50k: Saturday 26th October 25k & 10k: Sunday 27th October
Ennerdale is a remote valley on the western fringes of the Lake District National Park. A truly spectacular location for trail running with a fantastic combination of trails in a unique natural environment. It is an enclosed valley surrounded by some of the Lake Districts most iconic mountains; Great Gable, Pillar and Haystacks, providing a natural backdrop of dramatic ridges and wooded slopes.
Distance: 50km Start Time: 1000 Total Ascent: 1,840'
Date: Saturday 26th October (25k & 10k: Sunday 27th October)
Venue: Ennerdale Scout Centre, Ennerdale Bridge, Cumbria, CA23 3AR (GR NY 087 155).
Registration: Between 0800 - 0930 on the day. Numbers will be issued at registration
Entry Fee: £40 Event Terms & Conditions can be found HERE.
Included: Professionally run event, qualified & experienced personel at various checkpoints, qualified medical support, online registration, unique event finishers medal, fully marked routes, Eco Soft Cup, well stocked hydration & feed stations, hot soup, hot drinks, refreshments at finish, free event parking, changing showers, toilet facilities.
50k Ultra Route: This is a superb route whether you are looking to complete your first ultra or an experienced runner. The route comprises two 25k circuits, starting & finishing at the centre. There is a total ascent of 920' per circuit, predominantely along forest roads with a rocky section along the southern shore of Ennerdale Water.
Time Limits: 4hrs for the initial 25k circuit. 8:30hrs for the full 50k event
If you are timed out for the initial 25k you will still receive a 25k finishers time.
The route will be fully marked so no need for navigation, just enjoy the views.
Course Description: From the centre, the initial section follows the gravel trail along the shoreline of Ennerdale Water. This is easy underfoot with great views down the whole length of the lake. A brief uphill section leads onto the forest road at Bowness, set beneath the scree slopes & crags of Bowness Knott. Continue along the forest road as it runs parallel with the lakeshore, savouring the views across to Anglers Crag on the far shoreline ( & the final part of the route!).
Forest road section near Bowness Knott
Shortly after passing the head of the lake, the route continues to follow the main forest road as it climbs steadily up the valley. Although there are no big climbs, this can be a deceptively hard section as it's a gradual ascent up the valley. Once again, the views are spectacular as the forest gradually opens out to reveal a remote valley flanked by rugged fellsides.
A spectacular backdrop of high fells at the head of the valley
High up in the valley just before Black Sail
Reaching the forest boundary, a wide rocky trail leads to the iconic Black Sail YH & a well deserved refreshment point.This is the high point of the route at nearly 300m/ 984' & in a truly spectacular location nestled beneath Haystacks, Great Gable and Kirk Fell.
Heading out past Black Sail YH
Soon after Black Sail the route crosses the footbridge over the river Liza, continuing through some old sheepfolds, before rejoining the forest trail on the opposite side of the valley. Set beneath the stunning backdrop of Pillar Rock, this next section is generally easier as it's a steady descent most of the way returning along the forest trails.
Soon after crossing the bridge over Woundell Beck, cross through some fields to reach the head of the lake. The route now returns along the southern shores of Ennerdale Water. This section is rough underfoot and very rocky, with a short exposed scramble around Anglers Crag. After this great little descent off the crag, the terrain becomes less challengeable following the final section along the lakeshore trail. Turn right across the footbridge over the weir at the end of the lake then left into the centre. A brief refuelling stop here & it's back out again onto this spectacular route.....
Crossing Anglers Crag
Black Sail YH: There will be a hydration station located at Black Sail YH at the head of the valley (see map). This will be supplying water & squash.
Start/Finish Area: There will also be a feed/hydration station located at the end of the first 25k circuit. This will be well stocked with our delicious homemade flapjack (vegan), chocolate brownies (gluten free), jellies, bananas, peanuts, mixed fruit & nuts, savoury rolls, crisps, squash, coke, water & hot drinks (tea, coffee, chocolate).
In addition, If you'd like some of your favourite nutrition or a bit of extra kit available on the course without having to carry it for the full duration,any personal nutrition can be left here.
To help minimize waste you will need to bring your own water bottle, bladder, mug, etc.
Final section to the Finish
Ennerdale is a remote valley so it is essential that you are prepared & equipped for weather conditions for the time of year.Mandatory Equipment List for the 50km distances: HERE.
Car Sharing: PLEASE TRY TO CAR SHARE WHERE POSSIBLE AS PARKING IS LIMITED. As well as reducing the carbon footprint of the event it will ease the parking process for us at the race.
Facilities: There are changing, showers & toilet facilities at the centre. There is also the option of on site dormitory & camping accommodation.
Facilities & Accommodation: Ennerdale Scout Centre will be offering accomodation and camping on-site making it an ideal venue for a full weekend. For further details & to book contact
Judy Greenwood at:
Tel: 01946 328224 (M) 07875 600021
(Bunks in the Chalet £10 per person per night and camping ( or campervan/ motorhome) £6 per person per night).
2017 Results (Amended Courses):
Approaching Anglers Crag
"I ran the 50km Trail Ultra in 2014, my first ever ultra marathon. The two laps around Ennderdale water comprise of a fire road, single track and a technical section of wet routes for a good half mile plus towards the end of each lap. The height gain is minimal and the navigation is easy. I found this was a great introduction to the sport, as it allowed runners to concentrate on running rather than nav. The views at either end of Ennerdale are stunning"
"The volunteers and spectators were all very friendly and the remote location gave the race a grand feel. I thoroughly recommend the event for anyone who wants their first ultra experience in the hills" jimmymacke
"Great ultra course, ideal for novices as you're running round a lake, so no need for tricky navigation. The two 25k laps mean you're never far from safety, plus there are stunning views and a varied course that's always runnable" MarkR
"This was a beautiful, well organised event, perfect for my first time trail race. I did the 10k option and the laid back chat at the start calmed any nerves I might have had. The other runners were all so friendly, even lending me an arm to hold on to down the short scramble. The last three kilometres were very tough, but again I got so much encouragement from fellow runners. The marshals were also very encouraging. Would definitely do it again, maybe train hard and try the 25k" Catliz
"Love this event, ran it for the last 2 years" Cat Slater
"This was my first ultra back in 2012 selecting the 50k option. The route entails two loops of the Ennerdale water and beyond. The course was also fully marked so no need for nav skills. The event centre was great and had the requisite shower facilities needed after such a muddy excursion. The first 7-8 miles had runners ascend up into the valley along a pleasantly runnable and gently undulating trail, before looping around the far side of Ennerdale Water. This back end of the Water has amazing technical rocky terrain, really giving a great trail running experience.
The organisers were incredibly friendly and accommodating to peoples needs throughout the day. I would highly recommend this for all trail runners. To summarise; stunning scenery and a well organised race on a cracking little route" Kirk
"Brilliant, well organised event. the run back along the side of the lake is something to behold, if you get a chance to look up!!! Would recommend to beginners and the more experienced alike"
We have partnered with Keswick based Kong Running for our Lake District Trail Races. This includes Buttermere 10, Borrowdale Trail Races, Scafell Pike Trail Marathon & Ennerdale Trail Races.
KONG Running is run by dedicated & knowledgeable outdoor enthusiasts & the store offers a wide range of running & outdoor gear.
In addition to providing some fantastic prize vouchers for the events, Kong Adventure will also be offering all race all entrants an exclusive 15% discount voucher on selected products.