DovedaleDash

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.

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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!

We are starting to plan this year's Dash on Sunday 5th November.


 Last year Stuart Bond won his fifth Dash equalling Gary Booty's record. Will he beat Gary's record this year?


​This year we are trialling a professional timing system, avoiding last year's the cold & long wait in the queue at the finish. Unfortunately this does mean we have to put the price up to £8 to cover the cost. We have kept the price for U14s the same at £3. 

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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 £8 PER RUNNER >14
  • ENTRY FOR UNDER 14'S £3
  • ENTRY CHILDREN'S RACE £2
  • PLEASE BRING CORRECT CHANGE

Race MarshaL ANDREW BOCK'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

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

The Next Dash is on Sunday 5th November 2017
Race starts at 11 am, sign on from 9 am on the day only

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