The 5th edition of this popular longer trail running event on the footpaths, tracks and trails within the spectacular surroundings of the Southern Peak District including Thorpe, Dovedale, Milldale plus the Tissington Trail. Choice of 25.7 km/16 miles or 10.5 km/ 6.5 miles.
Entries open on the 1st September 2019.
Please find all the relevant event information below, and please do not hesitate to get in contact with us if you have any queries. Final details will be sent out via email to all competitors in the week prior to the event which will include additional event details not found below.
Early Entry (before 1/1/2020)
Long (25.7 km/16 miles): £21 *£19
Short (10.5 km / 6.5 miles): £13 *£11
Long (25.7 km/16 miles): £23 *£21
Short (10.5 km / 6.5 miles): £15 *£13
*Affiliate £2 discount per event – for competitors who are either; a member of a UKA affiliated club (with UKA Number) or the Trail Run Association (TRA Number).
On the day or late entry is subject to availability and costs an additional £3
Maximum of 400 participants, with a limit of 150 on the short course.
M: male 18* to 39
MV40: male 40 to 49
MV50: male 50 to 59
MV60: male 60+
F: female 18* to 39
FV40: female 40 to 49
FV50: female 50 to 59
FV60: female 60+
*Min age for the short course is 17
Solo runners minimum age is 17 for short (10.6 km) or 18 for the long (25.7 km).
The entire route of both courses will be clearly marked with blue and yellow arrows. The running terrain will be predominantly smooth tracks, paths & trails but you should expect the occasional rough section plus there may be short sections on connecting quiet country lanes. The route will have some climb but this is not a fell running event so the idea is that any hills are runnable/manageable rather than impossibly steep!
The route will be easy to follow – in addition a full colour OS route map with emergency numbers on the reverse will be provided at registration. A4 transparent plastic bags are available as map protection but in an effort to cut usage of these for, environmental purposes, please don’t take one unless you really feel you need to.
Long – 25.7 km/16 miles
Short – 10.5 km/6.5 miles
Long – Men: 1:50:29 | Women: 2:03:09
Short – Men: 46:17 | Women: 51:18
Route GPS/Strava Map
The provisional route GPS files can be downloaded from the links below. Links to the finalised routes will be provided in the final details (sent via email to all competitors)
Long Route | Short Route
Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Clifton Road, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1DR (click for map)
On the day of the event look out for Dark & White yellow/black directional road signs. If in doubt as to the event location, please contact us BEFORE the day of the event. NB: THE CLOSEST PARKING IS PAY & DISPLAY.
Car sharing – wherever possible please car share to events – this is not only considerate to the environment but it also minimises potential congestion/parking problems in and around the start venues
Open from 7.30 – 9.20 am
Open from 9.00 – 9.35 am
On arrival at registration you will be given a bagged, full colour course map; you will also be given a SPORTident timing chip/dibber. You must use a SPORTident timing chip/dibber to compete and you need to “dib” this into the box at the start and at any control points on the way round your course plus at the finish box – you must “dib” in all of the control boxes in the proper order to be classed as a finisher. You may use your own dibber if you have one (please tell us your number when prompted on entering) if you don’t have one we will rent you one automatically for free
Start – choose your start window when entering
Long – 8:30am – 9:30am
Staggered group start windows every 10 minutes
Short – 9:40am – 10:00am
Staggered group start windows every 10 minutes
All courses will close at 2.00pm.
****The Golden Rule – if you are unable to complete your course you MUST let the organisers know either in person or telephone that you have retired. If you do not, you will be held responsible if the police or mountain rescue team is called out to search for you. A central telephone number will be provided on all event route maps.
The Start is located at the far end of the pay & display car park at the beginning of Tissington Trail.
Before each start window (choose your allocated start when entering) there will be a short 2 min briefing about the event. This will ensure you are fully aware of everything before you start and should ensure your run goes nice and smoothly!
Please arrive at the start 5 mins before your allocated start to hear the briefing.
You will not be allowed to start without hearing the briefing – please ensure you arrive on time!
Compulsory Kit List
You are required to carry the following for the duration of the event to ensure you have adequate clothing in case of emergency.
- Off Road Running shoes that in the organiser’s opinion are fully suitable for the type of off-road terrain to be encountered (NB road shoes are not suitable!).
- Waterproof jacket (the jacket must be waterproof i.e. not just windproof/showerproof)*
- Windproof leg cover*
- Other waterproof & warm body cover appropriate for the prevailing weather conditions.*
- Route map with emergency contact numbers (provided at registration)
- Mobile phone.
- Money (in case you get stranded somewhere!)
You should also carry sufficient food/drink to sustain you for the duration of the event – you should not totally rely on the feed station (long route only) for this purpose.
In the event of hot, sunny weather then the above kit requirements will obviously be relaxed and sunscreen, an appropriate hat and body cover will be very strongly recommended.
Basically be sensible and come prepared and don’t skimp on equipment! Wearing skimpy shorts and a thin running vest on a cold, wet day whilst carrying no extra kit is an absolute guarantee that you won’t be allowed to start.
Event officials will disqualify anyone who in their opinion does not meet the above compulsory equipment criteria.
*These items may be relaxed on the day depending on the weather conditions, however the final kit list wont be disclosed until the morning of the event so please bring all of the above to the event. Please check the updated kit list board at registration or ask an event staff member if you are unsure.
Feed Station (long route only)
Please be as self sufficient as possible and carry food/drink to sustain you for the duration of the event, as supplies are finite.
Water Station (both routes)
There is a water station at the Thorpe Station on the Tissington Trail. The long route will pass through twice once at 4.4 km then at 19.6 km the short route will pass through once at 4.4 km.
Plastic cups will be available at the feed and water stations but we urge people to carry their own reusable collapsible cup (e.g. Hydrapak speedcup) or drinks bottle to reduce the amount of plastic used at events.
There will be Gold, Silver and Bronze time awards on each course (NB separate times for men and women) Certificates will be given at the finish.
25.7k: Men: Gold sub 2:15 Silver 2:15 – 2:45 Bronze 2:45+
25.7k: Women Gold sub 2:30 Silver 2:30 – 3:00 Bronze 3:00+
10.5k: Men: Gold sub 1:00 Silver 1:00 – 1:15 Bronze 1:15+
10.5k: Women: Gold sub 1:10 Silver 1:10 – 1:25 Bronze 1:25+
* Timing awards may be amended on the day of the event depending on ongoing underfoot and weather conditions.
At the finish dib in the control box to stop the clock then return to the event centre (registration) to download/ return your timing chip.
Once you have downloaded and received your time and certificate it is time to relax, chat and reminisce….
Post Run Refreshments
Free tea, coffee, squash, water, savoury snacks, cake and biscuits is available to all finishers.
Please consider the environment and bring a reusable cup for your post run cuppa rather than using our disposable cups.
Prizes will be awarded to class winners and runners up on each course on the day of the event. NB: classes may be merged if entries are low. Prizes will only be handed out at the day of event at the designated prize giving time.
We are sorry but dogs are not allowed on any of our trail running events in order to comply with UK Athletics Insurance Policy
Peak District National Park – £2 Donation
We are allowing you to show your support for the ongoing protection and care of the fabulous Peak District National Park by allowing you to add an optional £2 donation to your entry fee. This money will be donated on your behalf by Dark & White Events to the Peak District National Park Authority. To find out how your money will be used visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/donate