Borrowdale Trail Races 2020

Borrowdale Trail Races 2020

Information and registration

4 July 2020

ENTRY UPDATE: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic situation, the 2020 Borrowdale Trail Race event has now been postponed until 2021.
Following all the latest applicable guidance issued by the UK Government, and the uncertainty in current developments in the UK, we are satisfied this is the right decision. Not only in the interests of the health and safety of all participants and our team but also to members of the public. There is also no set guidance yet available on how long the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions will continue.
With the large amount of other events now being rescheduled to later in the year, and the event venue being closed until further notice, unfortunately it is not possible to reschedule the event for this year. We do not currently have a date for 2021 as we are currently awaiting confirmation from the National Trust as the event is held in conjunction with their Derwentwater Regatta. This is normally held on the first weekend of July.
​All registered participants have been sent an email with what to do next – check your junk folder if this has not come through.
We hope these decisions will help keep everyone as safe as possible. Our thoughts go out to anyone who has been personally impacted, and we hope that you and your families are safe and well.
​Best Wishes,
High Terrain Events Team

Borrowdale Trail Races "Trail Running in a Mountainous Environment"

The Borrowdale Trail Races are a trail runners dream incorporating everything in terms of scenery and variation of terrain.

Based from Keswick, there are three distances of 21k, 13k & 5k to choose from.

Start Times (TBC): 10.00am - 21k route | 10.30am - 13k route | 2.00pm - 5km route

Distance: 21k,13k and 5k routes

Event Venue: Crow Park, Lake Road, Keswick CA12 5DJ

Start Location: The 21k and 13k will start from just outside the village of Portinscale, which is approx. 30min walk/20min jog from event HQ

Finish Location: Crow Park, Keswick

Now in its 10th year, this is a classic on the trail race calendar. Incorporating Derwentwater lakeshore trails and the Borrowdale valley, there's a course for everyone. These are fantastic trail races based from Keswick with distances of 5k, 13k and 21k.

Make sure to take in all the stunning vistas this route has in abundance. It is a trail runners dream, incorporating everything in terms of scenery and variation of 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.


21k Route: From the marina the first section leads through woodland trails to Hawse End Bay on the shores of Derwentwater. The route then follows the lakeshore trail through mixed woodland to the picturesque village of Grange, before winding its way past Castle Crag to Rosthwaite in the heart of the Borrowdale valley. A steady climb out of Rosthwaite following the bridleway leads to the hamlet of Watendlath. The trail continues along the beautiful Watendlath valley before descending to Ashness Bridge via a short road section. A singletrack traverse below Falcon Crags is followed by a gradual descent into Great Wood. Cross the Borrowdale road back to the lakeshore past Friars Crag and follow the path skirting the shore of the bay back into the finish at Crow Park.

13km Route: This deviates off the main route at the south end of Derwent water and crosses the road into High Lodore woods. A testing section of single track ascends through the woods parallel to the famous climbing area of Shepherd's Crag. Follow the trail alongside the beck past spectacular waterfalls and pools to re-join the main route at Ashness Wood.

5k Route: Lakeshore Route: This is a fantastic route if you are new to trail running. Starting and finishing at Crow Park, the route winds past Friar's Crag "Keswick's best view" following the lakeshore trails to Calfclose Bay and the Centenary Stone. Enjoy the spectacular views down into the Borrowdale Valley. Cross the shingle beach and loop back to re-join the outward loop at Ings Wood. The terrain is predominantly easy gravel trails with some gentle inclines.

All routes will be fully marked so no navigation experience is necessary.

Entries: Minimum entry age 17 years old. (5km open to all ages).

Included: Professionally run event, qualified & experienced personnel at various checkpoints, qualified medical support, electronic chip timing, online registration, unique finishers medal, fully marked routes, hydration station & refreshments at finish both on the course & at the finish.

The event is part of a fantastic weekend of trail races with the Scafell Pike Trail Marathon scheduled for the Sunday. The races are held in conjunction with the National Trust Derwentwater Regatta, you can bring the whole family for activities to make a great weekend of it!

Full event details can be found at

 Event information
04 July 2020
Crow Park
Keswick, Great Britain
See map below
Registration is closed
21 km
Starts at 09:00

Price per participant
Price £25.00
13 km
Starts at 09:30

Price per participant
Price £25.00
5 km
Starts at 13:00

Individual 16+: Price per participant
Price £15.00
Individual U16: Price per participant
Price £8.00

High Terrain Events

In case of questions about the event please contact High Terrain Events:

Borrowdale Trail Races 2020

  • Crow Park
  • Keswick
  • Great Britain

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