Get into the Christmas spirit

A 10k course through the beautiful Great Langdale valley. The Christmas Pudding has become a popular event to start the festive season. With over 1000 entered at it's peak, the race appeals to all who enjoy the fun side of running. Every finisher gets a Christmas Pudding and many runners dress in festive costumes - all adding to the party atmosphere.

Event details including start times and registration times available here.

Standard Entry: £20

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Getting to the event

Sticklebarn, Great Langdale, Cumbria, LA22 9JU

Sticklebarn is the event centre for the Langdale Road Races. It is set in beautiful scenery beside the Great Langdale beck.

Travelling by car

With easy access from the M6 (J36 from the South - 28 miles, J40 from the North - 29 miles) A591 to Ambleside, A593 from Ambleside to Skelwith Bridge, then take the B543 to Great Langdale.

Travelling by train

There are excellent rail connections to Windermere station (via Oxenholme on the West Coast mainline) which is only 11 miles from Sticklebarn. Catch 555 or 556 Keswick to Ambleside bus, then change to the 516.

Where to stay

Accommodation at Brathay Hall, in Hawkshead village and the surrounding area.

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Getting to the event

Sticklebarn, Great Langdale, Cumbria, LA22 9JU

Sticklebarn is the event centre for the Langdale Road Races. It is set in beautiful scenery beside the Great Langdale beck.

Travelling by car

With easy access from the M6 (J36 from the South - 28 miles, J40 from the North - 29 miles) A591 to Ambleside, A593 from Ambleside to Skelwith Bridge, then take the B543 to Great Langdale.

Travelling by train

There are excellent rail connections to Windermere station (via Oxenholme on the West Coast mainline) which is only 11 miles from Sticklebarn. Catch 555 or 556 Keswick to Ambleside bus, then change to the 516.

Where to stay

Accommodation at Brathay Hall, in Hawkshead village and the surrounding area.

Download the Where To Stay PDF

Key Facts

1
Christmas Pudding for each finisher

10
Km of Lake District scenery

100+
Running Santas

500
Spectating Herdwicks

Route

The course follows an undulating route, out and back along the stunning Great Langdale valley. The start line is close to the Sticklebarn, followed by 5km of fantastic scenery to a loop around Elterwater village, before returning to the head of the valley.

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Great Langdale Beck

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The Great Langdale Valley provides a stunning location for a 10k run. The start line, where the road crosses Great Langdale Beck, is surrounded by the iconic Langdale fells. Pavey Ark, Harrison’s Stickle, Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and Pike O’Blisco all overlook the runners as they wait for the starting gun. It’s a short walk from the event centre at Sticklebarn to the start line – just enough to warm the legs on a cold winters morning!

Chapel Stile

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Shortly after the 2 miles marker runners arrive at the picturesque Lakeland village of Chapel Stile. The course passes through the centre of the village where spectators can support the runners while enjoying the hospitality of the village’s cafe, shop and roadside pub. The Christmas tree on the village green and decorations in local cottages really add to the festive atmosphere of the event.

Elterwater

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After running through the Langdale Hotel & Spa and recharging at the refreshment station, runners arrive at Elterwater - halfway through the course. This traditional village is named after the small lake half a mile to the south and is also home to the Britannia Inn – another cosy spot for spectators who can enjoy the hospitality while cheering runners through the village. The course then loops back for the return leg and changing views up Great Langdale.

Langdale Boulders

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Just after the 4 miles marker the next landmark is the Langdale Boulders below the road on the left. The boulders contain some of the best examples of prehistoric rock-art in England. The Cup & Ring markings can be easily seen on the side of the lower boulder. The site is recognised as an Ancient Monument by English Heritage. The boulders are also a popular training venue for local rock climbers, who climb on the hard boulder problems when higher mountain crags are out of condition.

Postbox

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The course is now heading towards the final mile and finish line at the Sticklebarn. When runners pass the post box on the road side the Langdale Pikes start to come back into view and provide a stunning backdrop to the final sprint! This also presents a good opportunity for runners to get their Christmas cards posted on time!

Sticklebarn

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The finish line field close to the Sticklebarn is the ideal place for supporters to wait and cheer as runners complete their 10k. Welcome refreshment at the Sticklebarn is close by and finishers can enjoy the festive atmosphere against a backdrop of (hopefully snowy!) Langdale peaks. For some runners their Christmas Pudding provides the ideal post-race snack. However, we have heard that others choose to save theirs for the trophy shelf. Who has the oldest Langdale Christmas Pudding?

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Entries for the Christmas Pudding 10k are now open.

Enter now to get the best price. A £2 discount is available for runners who are members of UKA affiliated clubs.

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Sponsors

A special thank you to all our sponsors and partners. Without your support we wouldn't be able to make the Christmas Pudding 10k the successful event that it is.

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Training

Whatever your experience and fitness, whether new to running or an experienced runner, we have a training plan to support your needs.

Other Events

If a 10k with finisers Christmas pudding isn't for you (why wouldn't it be?) then check out our other running events. You may also prefer a cycling or rowing event.

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