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.

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Last year Stuart Bond and Olivia Walwyn won the Dash. Can you beat Stuart's time of 27.11 mins?


​Your entry fee from last year was used for improving the outdoor area of Ilam school, a new raised bed and outdoor play area for FitzHerbert CoE Primary School, donations to the local Mayfield and Alstonefield first responders and for the Thorpe village hall

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  • 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

Race MarshaL BOB EVANS' advice

ARRIVE EARLY

SHARE CARS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

ONLY DRIVE ON THE PASTURES WHERE THE MARSHALS INDICATE

AND...TIE YOUR RUNNING SHOES REALLY WELL !!

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

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The famous cross country race in thorpe, dovedale since 1953

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!