DovedaleDash

The famous cross country race in thorpe, dovedale since 1953

There is a separate Children's race for the under 11's (changed from U10'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.

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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!

THIS YEAR’s DOVEDALE DASH (2019) IS UNFORTUNATELY CANCELLED


THORPE PASTURES OUR CAR PARK FOR OVER 1,000 CARS IS WATERLOGGED AND MORE RAIN IS FORECASTED


THE DASH IS NEXT YEAR ON SUNDAY THE 1ST OF NOVEMBER, 2020. 


WE HOPE TO SEE YOU BACK NEXT YEAR WITH HOPEFULLY BETTER WEATHER

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This website is maintained by Erwin van Vroenhoven, any questions or comments please email us on enquiries@dovedaledash.co.uk

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The surplus from the proceeds of the race go to local charitable causes and the upkeep of the Thorpe village hall. From the 2018 race entries we have been able to donate £3,500 to local charities. Derby Mountain Rescue Team (see photo) received £1,250 (Dovedale is one of their busiest areas!), Ilam School £300, Fenny Bentley School £300, Careline £400 and the Thorpe Village Hall £1,250. We are delighted we can support these fantastic causes and hope to do so for many years in the future. This year most of the funds will go to the village hall as urgent repairs are needed.

  • 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 £10 PER RUNNER >14
  • ENTRY FOR UNDER 14'S £5
  • price increases due to cost increase
  • ENTRY CHILDREN'S RACE £2
  • PLEASE BRING CORRECT CHANGE

with your help we are able to maintain our village hall and sponsor local charities

Race MarshaL ANDY CLARK'S advice

ARRIVE EARLY, SHARE CARS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

ONLY DRIVE ON THE PASTURES WHERE THE MARSHALS INDICATE

​NO EXIT FROM CAR PARK UNTIL AFTER 11:15 AM

NO LARGE VEHICLES ON THORPE PASTURES - FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS

THE 2019 DOVEDALE DASH IS UNFORTUNATELY CANCELLED THIS YEAR

  THE PASTURES OUR CAR PARK FOR OVER 1,000 CARS IS SIMPLY TO WET, NEXT YEAR THE DASH IS ON THE 1ST OF NOVEMBER

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