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Tail Trails - 19th - 20th October 2019 - Langdale Octoberfest

19/10: Langdale OctoberfestWe were delighted to host two Tail Trails events in Langdale on Saturday 19th and then again on Sunday 20th October 2019 in the stunning Langdale Valley in the Lake District. We are organising the event as part of the National Trust Octoberfest festival at the super dog-friendly Sticklebarn Tavern owned by the National Trust.

Anyone can take part and we welcome wakers, joggers and runners to take part on our beautiful off-road routes. Dogs (and humans) of all ages, shapes, sizes and breeds are welcome to come and compete and take part in what is a unique event where the emphasis is very much on fun. There is a longer route (approx 10km) and a shorter route (approx 6.5km) and both finish at our fun doggy challenge area! 19/10: Langdale Octoberfest

Event Details:

Online Entries are now open – CLICK HERE to enter via the SI Entries system.

Times: We will be holding the event twice over the weekend:

  • Saturday 19th October at 12.30pm (walkers start) and 1.00pm (joggers/runners start)
  • Sunday 20th October at 11.30am (walkers start) and 12.00pm (joggers/runners start)

Registration will open 30 minutes before the times above and you must have registered no later than 15 minutes before the start time.

Entries: Online Entries are now open – CLICK HERE to enter via the SI Entries system. Entries are limited and we can only accept entries on the day if there are spaces.

Prices: Longer course: £12.50pp, shorter course: £8.50pp. Dogs are free. The entry cost includes the doggy challenges, spot prizes, freebies and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams (including a special prize for doggy challenge winners). The above prices include the SI Entries administration fees.

Important note – Travel on Saturday 19th October: The valley will potentially be very busy for cars with any overflow parking potentially needing up to a 15 minute walk to the Sticklebarn Tavern. A free dog-friendly shuttle bus is being provided by the National Trust running from their quieter car park in Elterwater and stopping at all bus stops along the valley to the venue. We would very much recommend making use of this shuttle bus (or jumping on the Stagecoach 516 public bus which departs Ambleside at 10.30am). This only applies on the Saturday, the valley will be much quieter on Sunday 20th. Please allow plenty of time to travel, park up and get to the venue.

Dogs must be on a lead at all times. This is to ensure our furry friends do not provoke livestock or impact on habitats and gives assurance to local landowners, farmers, the local community, stakeholders and insurers – without whose support we cannot organise events like this.

Entries: Online entries will be opening soon.

Under 16’s must be under the supervision of/accompanied by an adult at all times.

Please note it is a maximum of 2 dogs per human.

Event location: The event venue and registration area is the upstairs room in the Sticklebarn Tavern, LA22 9JU. Please see the note re travel on the Saturday.

Specific timings:

Longer Tail Trail (approx 10km) 

Walkers: There will be a mass walkers start at the times above for those wishing to take part ‘with the pack’. For those who whose dogs who prefer to ‘do things solo’ then solo walkers are welcome to start shortly after the mass start.

Runners/joggers: There will be a mass runners start at the times above for those wishing to take part ‘with the pack’. For those who whose dogs who prefer to ‘do things solo’ then solo runners/joggers are welcome to start shortly after the mass start.

Shorter Tail Trail (approx 6.5km) 

Walkers: There will be a mass walkers start at the times above for those wishing to take part ‘with the pack’. For those who whose dogs who prefer to ‘do things solo’ then solo walkers are welcome to start shortly after the mass start.

Runners/joggers: There will be a mass runners start at the times above for those wishing to take part ‘with the pack’. For those who whose dogs who prefer to ‘do things solo’ then solo runners/joggers are welcome to start shortly after the mass start.

Online Entries are now open – CLICK HERE to enter via the SI Entries system.

The routes: Due to local landowner restrictions the first and last part of both routes will be the same ‘out and back’. The 6.5km route heads towards Baysbrown Farm from the Sticklebarn and then does a loop around towards Oak Howe and then back along Great Langdale Beck and then back along the same route. The 10km route extends this further out along the Cumbria Way and a loop up and through the woods above Elterwater before heading back via Chapel Stile. PDF’s of the routes can be found here: 6.5km Route 10km Route.

Doggy challenges: At the end of your run or walk you will enter the to the “doggy challenges” area where your dog can take on some fun dog agility style challenges and win a prize for taking part. It is really all just a bit of daft fun for you and your dog!

Parking: Please note it will be busy in the area with the Octoberfest weekend happening (particularly on the Saturday). There is some general travel advice for the Octoberfest festival here. The postcode for your sat nav is: LA22 9JU.

Food and refreshments: Food and refreshments will be available at the Sticklebarn Tavern. There is also lots of live music, outdoor activities and fun and games as part of the Octoberfest weekend.

Prizes and results: There will be some fun prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places of both trails and additional small prizes for the dogs who do the best on the dog challenges at the end of the trails. Results will be posted ASAP after the event.

Note for Walkers: Please that there will be a ‘stand down’ time for some marshalls on the 10km route. This time will be sufficient for a walking speed of 3 miles per hour. If you decide on the day that you want to relax, stroll a bit or take longer then that is fine, but please note there will be less marshalls on the route after this time. The route markers will still be in place. Please check in with us at HQ when you return so we know you are back safe and sound.

Kit: Both trails are off-road cross country trails with muddy sections,loose sections and some steep slopes. All competitors must wear appropriate footwear (either trail/fell running shoes for runners or appropriate boots/fell shoes for walkers) and have waterproofs as appropriate.Please keep an eye on the forecast and come prepared for the conditions of the day. We reserve the right to ask participants to wear additional warm clothing (e.g. tights or long sleeve base layer etc) to be worn or carried dependent on the weather conditions on the day, so please come prepared for a kit check.

Water stations: There are water stations on the route for dogs and humans but all participants must carry their own bottle. There are some snacks available too but you are advised to bring food to your own tastes.

Marshaling: The routes will be waymarked and marshaled, but you are ultimately responsible for yourself and your dog(s). There are some short road sections and you must use common sense at all times and adhere to the highway code.

Dogs at HQ: Dogs are welcome in the Sticklebarn Tavern, as long as they are on leads. Please note it will be busy over the weekend.

Volunteers: We needs as many volunteers as possible to make it a great event so if you would like to volunteer or marshal at the event please do contact us via our facebook group or email info@inspired-outdoors.co.uk. We are very keen for as many marshals as we can and we will thank you with treats, hugs, food vouchers and tea/coffee

Vet Support: If any participant needs veterinary support we can provide contact details of local vets on the day. Any vet call out costs must be borne by the participant.

Bad weather: If there is particularly poor weather forecast we may choose to make a last minute decision to revise the routes to shorter distances on the day. Only in the most extreme weather would we abandon the event and re-schedule. Keep an eye on facebook for latest updates.

It is the owners responsbility to ensure their dog is capable of completing the distance they sign up for. Any children under 16 must be under the supervision of an adult at all times. We would suggest that the long route is only suitable for children over the age of 10, and the short route only suitable for over 5’s, but we leave that decision to the parents who are ultimately responsible for safety and wellbeing of the child.

Cancellations: Up to 14 days ahead a 100% cancellation can be provided upon request. No refunds can be made within 14 days prior to the event. We are however happy to transfer your entry to another Tail Trails event.

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Considerate event management: We are proud to be organising our event in conjunction with the National Trust, local farmers, landowners and residents.

It is really important that our canine (and human) friends don’t disturb lambing sheep, local residents, wildlife habitats and birds who have travelled thousands of miles to nest in this beautiful area. Our event is all about having the best fun possible with your dog in a responsible manner and on a lead – as a team!

There is a booking fee to use the online entries system.

Event Rules and Conditions

Dogs

  • Dogs must be kept on leads at all times. Any teams with dogs not on lead will be disqualified.
  • You know you’re dog – if it doesn’t cope well with hot/cold/wet weather – don’t take the chance
  • All dogs must be over 12 months old
  • No bitches in season or pregnant dogs
  • You must clean up and dispose of dog waste responsibly, if this means carry the poo bag to the next available bin then this must be done.
  • Max 2 dogs per person
  • Muzzles must be the wire / plastic greyhound racing style which allow the dog to breath effectively whilst running/walking (if you wish to seek clarification on this please email is on info@inspired-outdoors or send us a direct message on facebook)
  • No dogs that have had an infectious disease in the last 21 days or coughing dogs
  • Preferably no flexi-leads or if they are used they must be kept relatively short (max 1.5m).
  • Dogs should preferably not be on a slip lead, choke chain, head collar or anything that restricts breathing. This is a general rule included purely in the interests of safety of your dog on a running event over a distance of 6.5km or 10km. You may be comfortable that this rule is not relevant for your specific dog/situation. If this is the case, please email us on info@inspired-outdoors or send us a direct message on facebook.

Borrowed Dogs

  • If you borrow a dog to take part – you must have socialised together before the event and the competitor must be aware of the dog’s behaviour in a ‘social’ environment.

Humans

  • You must be able to control your dog throughout the event
  • Mistreating of dogs will not be tolerated
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied & supervised by an adult for the duration of the event
  • No metal studded shoes
  • You must carry poo bags with you during the race (we have spares!)
  • You are ultimately responsible for your own welfare and that of your dog.
  • By participating, participants agree to take part in pre and post-race publicity, which may include interviews, photography and/or filming, let us know if you need to opt out of this with your race number.

General Event Rules

  • Cancellations:
    • Up to 14 days ahead a 100% cancellation can be provided upon request.
    • No refunds can be made within 14 days prior to the event. We are however happy to transfer your entry to another Tail Trails event.
  • Make sure you attend and listen to the important safety briefing prior to the event.
  • You must ensure both you and your dog(s) are fit enough to complete the route – consult your doctor/vet if in doubt.
  • All finishers and retirees must report back to the Event HQ. This is a vitally important safety system and because we would like to say goodbye!
  • All competitors must follow the countryside code, especially in relation to shutting gates. It is also forbidden to climb any walls or fences. All competitors must stay on the fully way-marked course.
  • All competitors must follow either the race route. Any safety announcements from marshals must be adhered to – these might include race abandonment, route amendments or to wear waterproofs.
  • We reserve the right to cancel the event or amend the route if we deem conditions inappropriate.
  • Bib numbers must be given to checkpoint marshals on the course. This is an important safety feature spot we know you have passed through each checkpoint.
  • By entering this event participants accept the risks that are inherent from trail running/walking and an ‘informed consent form’ must be check when entering online and signed during registration confirming this.
  • Please be aware and respectful of other participants and path users around you and give way to other members of the public using the route.
  • If any participant needs veterinary support we can provide contact details of local vets on the day. Any vet call out costs must be borne by the participant.
  • Participants must be willing to help to any other stricken participant, anyone who gives up their race to help others will be offered free entry to a future event.
  • Withdrawl pre-race – we cannot offer a refund for any reason.
  • We collect certain information about you during registration for safety purposes. This information is managed in accordance with data privacy regulations and is deleted/destroyed after an event is over. For more information please see our Privacy Policy.

Liability

  • The race will be covered by event/public liability insurance but all racers and spectators attend the event and run at their own risk. It is advised that participants take out their own travel/medical insurance.