This event was first run in 2017 and is a challenging Category A fell race in stunning White Peak countryside run under FRA (Fell Runners Association) rules. Net event proceeds will go to local charities including the National Trust to help maintain the beautiful and extremely popular Dovedale area.

The start is a 5 minute walk from registration and the route initially climbs steeply onto Bunster Hill before descending into the Dovedale valley. The run then follows the picturesque River Dove for a short tarmac section before crossing the iconic Dovedale stepping stones followed by the steep and unrelenting climb to the summit of Flagpole Hill. After a short ridge run the route heads across Thorpe Pastures before ascending & descending the prominent limestone hill Thorpe Cloud and it’s then back along the river and across the fields by the Izaak Walton Hotel to the finish at Ilam Hall.

The route will be clearly marked and marshalled.


results 2018 - click here

Distance: 1.9km Under 11 race, 4.7km Under 15 race, 7.2 km main race

Ascent: 350 m main race (junior races 58m U11 race, 163, U15 race)

Entry cost for 2021: £5 for the junior races, £12 for the main fell race

Registration will be at Ilam Hall, Ilam near Ashbourne DE6 2AZ

Limited entries on the day available

All timings to be confirmed. 5 minute jog to the start.

Event parking: there will be dedicated event parking at Ilam Hall – follow event signs – any parking cost tbc in due course.

Electronic/scan timing will be used – race numbers will be issued at registration – NO RACE NUMBER = NO START!

Equipment: it is expected that competitors will wear/carry appropriate clothing suitable for the conditions at the time of the race as required by current FRA regulations (see website link below). A local weather forecast will be displayed at event registration.

There will be a post-race prize giving.

The minimum age to enter this race is 16 years old; any runners under 18 will need to provide a signed FRA parental consent form (copies available at registration).

Before coming please ensure you read all the FRA rules and requirements for runners - click

For any pre-race enquiries please contact the organiser Alison Wainwright: 07760 558031 or

**The provisional event date for 2021 is Sunday 12th September (postponed from June) 

more information to be released in due course**


results 2017

steve wilson photos from the 2019 championship race

ladies race click here      mens race click here

ilam fell race

details 2021 race






Course map





results 2019

Thorpe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW, UK