This event was first run in 2017 and is a 7.2km challenging Category A fell race in stunning White Peak countryside run under FRA (Fell Running Association) rules. The 2021 event sees the addition of two shorter junior national championship races. Net event proceeds will go to local charities including Ilam School who help support the event with refreshments and marshals as well as the National Trust to assist in maintaining the beautiful and extremely popular Dovedale area.
All the race routes are in and around the Ilam and Dovedale area - see the 2021 provisional route map below - and the race starts are 5 minutes walk from registration. The main 7.2km race route initially climbs steeply up 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 stepping stones followed by a steep and unrelenting climb up to the summit of Flagpole Hill. After a short ridge run the race ascends the limestone hill known as Thorpe Cloud before another long descent and a fast finish across the fields by the Izaak Walton Hotel back to the finish at Ilam Hall.
Race distances/ascent: Junior races 0.9km/25m; 1.9km/60m; 4.7km/160m; Senior race 7.2km/350m.
Race start times: Juniors 11.00am (0.9km); 11.30am (1.9km) and 12.30pm (4.7km). Senior race 2.00pm.
Entry cost for 2021: Junior races £5. Main race £12 (less £2 discount for FRA members).
Event entry will be pre-entry only via Si Entries - use the link above; entries will close on 25/8/21. Each race will be limited to a maximum of 200 runners under current National Trust COVID safety rules. NB there may be a very limited number of entries on the day but it is absolutely essential that you contact us beforehand to check - see details below. Please don't travel or turn up at the event without contacting us first!!
Registration will be at Ilam Hall, Ashbourne DE6 2AZ.
Opening time tbc in due course.
Event parking: there will be dedicated event parking at Ilam Hall.
Please follow event signs on the day - any parking cost tbc in
due course on this webpage.
Electronic/scan timing will be used - timing chips and race numbers
will be issued at registration NB NO RACE NUMBER = NO START!
Equipment - it is expected that competitors will wear/carry appropriate clothing 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 for each race. Hot and cold drinks and home made cake will be supplied at the finish.
Age categories and distance limits.
Under FRA rules the ages allowable in this years races are as follows, these being based on ages as at 31/12/21.
0.9km race - ages 6 (from date of 6th birthday), 7 or 8 as at 31/12/21.
1.9km race - ages 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 as at 31/12/21.
4.7km race - ages 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16 as at 31/12/21.
7.2km race - minimum age 16, 17 or 18 as at 31/12/21 .
All runners under the age of 18 on the day of the event will need to provide a signed FRA parental consent form and this will need to be completed online at the time of entry.
Before coming please ensure you read all the FRA rules and requirements for runners - click here
For any pre-race enquiries please contact the organiser Alison Wainwright: 07760 558031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
**The race date for 2021 is Sunday 12th September**
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