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The Dovedale Dash is a cross country race of 4 3/4 mile, run by 1200 to 1400 people of all abilities. The venue is the picturesque area around the village of Thorpe near Ashbourne and Dovedale in the south of the Derbyshire Peak District. 

The course is mainly along field paths and open ground in the valleys of the river Dove and Manifold. One of the excitements is the crossing of the rivers Dove at the well known Stepping Stones.

“LOTS OF PEOPLE COME ALONG YEAR AFTER YEAR, SO THEY OBVIOUSLY ENJOY IT. IF YOU HAVEN'T RUN THE DASH BEFORE WHY NOT JOIN THEM AND HAVE A FUN DAY OUT”


The Dovedale Dash is run on a voluntary basis by local people, and all profits go to local charitable causes and the upkeep of the Thorpe Village Hall. The Dash is both a serious run for many runners and running clubs, often part of their championships, but it is also a fun run with many people even taking part in fancy dress. We like this unique combination!

  • THE DASH HAS BEEN GOING SINCE 1953
  • CHECK WEBSITE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL AS BAD WEATHER / SODDEN CAR PARK MEANS WE MIGHT HAVE TO CANCEL
  • NO PRE REGISTRATION
  • ALL RUNNERS MUST REGISTER ON THE DAY OF THE RUN from 9 am
  • ​the race starts at 11 am
  • the children's race starts at 10 am
  • NO CHARGE FOR CAR PARKING
  • ENTRY IS £5 PER RUNNER >14
  • ENTRY FOR UNDER 14'S £3
  • ENTRY CHILDREN'S RACE £2
  • PLEASE BRING CORRECT CHANGE

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The famous cross country race in thorpe, dovedale since 1953

There is a separate Children's race for the under 10's and under 8's starting at 10 am. The race starts at the bottom of Thorpe Cloud close to registration. The race is c1 1/4 mile and runs down to the river Dove, under Thorpe Cloud and back up Lin Dale to the main race finish. You can accompany your children should you choose to. Last year we had 76 children from as far as Northumberland participating in the Mini Dash.

What a fantastic day! Sunny and over 1300 runners in the 2015 Dovedale Dash

Stuart Bond from Dark Peak won in a time of 27 mins and 11 secs. This is Stuart's 4th win! Olivia Walwyn from Macclesfield Harriers was first lady in a time of 32 mins and 50 secs. Olivia also won in 2005. 


Everybody enjoyed themselves - lots of smiley faces and muddy people. Next year's Dash is on Sunday 6th November.

children's race


The Next Dash is on Sunday 6th November 2016
Race starts at 11 am, sign on from 9 am on the day only