Circuit of Ingleborough

The annual ‘Circuit of Ingleborough’ time trial, organised by Pendle Forest Cycling Club, is usualy held in mid-March. For details of the next event and reports on past events, please see our time trialling news section, we also have a page of press cuttings.

Our pictorial guide to the course is here.

Event History

Ingleborough was first run as a club event in 1989 by Craven CC, being won in 1:11 by Ian Scriven (Pendle Forest CC), Martin Brass (Craven CC), was second with 1:15.

Scott O’Brian (Manchester Wheelers) won the inaugural 1990 open event in 1:03:54, with Gethin Butler (Norwood Paragon CC) second in 1:6:13. First for Pendle Forest that year was Graham Waddington with 1:10:13. Craven CC dedicated much effort to creating the race promotional material, some images can be seen here. Pendle Forest took over in 1994, some of the original material is here.

The course, renowned for its brutal hill climb start, cuts across disciplines, neither pure time trial, nor pure hill climb, it has elements of both and also demands excellent handing skills. It has challenged the best. Former winners include Gethin Butler, Hugh Carthy, Tejvan Pettinger and course record holder (59:21) James Gullen.

Podium positions for previous events are collated on our results history page.

Course Maps

Headquarters / signing on area



HQ address: Ingleborough Community Centre, Main Street, Ingleton, LA6 3HG

Course Details

Distance: 26.25 miles.

Total ascent: 517m, 1696ft.

The event headquarters is at Ingleborough Community Centre. The distance to the start is 0.7 miles.

Official Course Description

Course code: L271

START near western end of old unclassified road from Ingleton to Clapham opposite the Church Gate on south side of road which is just east of Telegraph Pole No.2 at gateway to Fell Farm and approximately 100 yards east of de-restriction sign. Proceed eastward to T-junction with B6480 road in Clapham (3.57 miles). Turn left and through village on B6480 to junction with A65 (4.5 miles) where left along A65 to junction with road to Settle near Cave Hole Wood (7.0 miles). Bear left and over Buck Haw Brow to Settle where immediately after crossing the River Ribble turn left on to B6479 (9.60 miles). Proceed in a northerly direction via Horton-in-Ribblesdale to T-junction with B6255 at Ribblehead (20.91 miles). Turn left and continue along B6255 towards Ingleton to FINISH at the first Storrs Common sign at small lay-by 400 yards before 30mph restriction sign at approach to Ingleton (26.25 MILES).

Course Records and Fastest Rides- Men

59:21 CR2017James GullenJLT Condor
1:00:52 CR2015Tejvan PettingerSri Chimnoy Cycling Team
1:01:17 CR1998Gethin ButlerPreston Wheelers

Course Records and Fastest Rides – Women

1:12:23 CR2000Karen Steele Pete Read Racing
1:12:54 CR1998Yvonne McGregorAdidas / Sci-Con
1:14:032020Christina WiejakJadan CycleSpace-Vive Le Velo