• the bentley brook inn is sponsoring the dash. we are very grateful to them and hope that you will patronise them when you are in the area. they are not far from thorpe in fenny bentley on the buxton road - see website
  • members of the red cross provide first aid for the event. their caravan is near the finish. their members will be collecting for their charity. please give generously
  • the race runs over grounds farmed by barry & stephen firth of thorpe mill farm, ian & rob smith of ilam meadows farm and sam & steward hudson of izaak walton farm and home farm. the organisers are grateful to all of them for allowing us to organise the dash
  • the national trust allows us to use thorpe pastures as the main site for the event. thank you
  • the dash is only possible because of the help the thorpe villagers give during the day. the event is a substantial disruption to village life and we are grateful to everyone who helps
  • tea, coffee and snacks are provided by SUPER NOSH CATERING JUST LIKE LAST YEAR. THEY always GIVE A MAJOR contributION TO THE DASH, THANK YOU FOR THAT! 
  • we have raised about £49,000 for charity and the upkeep of the thorpe village hall since 1988 AND GIVEN TO MANY CHARITIES OVER THE YEARS (LIKE AIR AMBULANCE, LOCAL SCHOOLS, CARELINE, ETC.)
  • the dovedale dash is held in thorpe (see map). the nearest postcode is de6 2aw, but don't follow that all the way to the village church. when you are in thorpe village follow the signs to the parking 
  • from ashbourne follow signs 'dovedale' along the a515
  • from buxton, turn right off the a515 at the tissington/thorpe crossroads, 4 miles north of ashbourne
  • from stoke or leek, follow signs to 'ilam' from the a52/a523 junction
  • coaches from stoke or leek should go via ashbourne and buxton road
  • parking for cars and coaches will be signposted on the day from the main road

time keeping and prizes

SIGNING ON

location

  • we have prizes for 1st and 2nd man, 1st and 2nd lady, 1st under 14 boy & girl, 1st under 18 boy and girl,
    1st over 60, 1st local thorpe man, 1st local thorpe lady
  • in the children's race there are prizes for 1st under 8 boy and girl, 1st under 10 boy and girl and the 1st school (most high ranked competitors)
  • the winners of the dovedale dash get trophies to take home. it is really important to return those trophies to us before the first of september to Beverly bock, the old rectory, church lane, thorpe, ashbourne, DE6 2AW
  • we ARE USING A PROFESSIONAL TIMING SYSTEM TO RECORD POSITIONS AND TIMES. PLEASE print your name and club clearly at registration please SO WE CAN ADD THAT INFORMATION ACCURATELY TO THE RESULTS. WE AIM TO HAVE THE RESULTS UP ON THE WEBSITE THE DAY OF THE RACE.
  • everyone will get a certificate (without finishing position - you can find these on the website
    ​after the race)

DovedaleDash

The famous cross country race in thorpe, dovedale since 1953

  • The Dovedale Dash depends on the support of the local community, National Trust and the Peak District National Park. The arrival once a year of hundreds of competitors and their vehicles provides us with a logistical challenge in terms of traffic management and damage to the local environment. We need to do all we can to limit this damage and ensure this great event continues for many years to come. 
  • We would ask that you try to share vehicles as much as possible to minimise traffic in the villages around Thorpe
  • We would also ask that you bear with the marshals AND AT ALL TIMES FOLLOW THEIR INSTRUCTIONS as they attempt to safely park vehicles as quickly and as safely as possible. THE MAIN CAR PARK CAN GET MUDDY. THIS NORMALLY ADDS TO THE EXPERIENCE. IF IT IS WET WE WILL GET YOU ON AND OFF THE PASTURES, SOMETIMES WITH PUSHING AND HELP FROM FELLOW RUNNERS AND MARSHALS.
  • Please note that it IS necessary to not allow LARGE vehicles onto the main car parking area of Thorpe Pastures DUE to ground conditions. This is due to these vehicles getting stuck on the sometimes soft and uneven ground of the pasture which leads to delays to others trying to park and to the start of the race. This includeS larger vans and campers etc. We would advice drivers of these vehicle types to arrive early and park in the alternative car parks detailed below
  • THE FOLLOWING CAR PARKS ARE AVAILABLE:
    Main Car Park - Thorpe Pastures, CAR PARKING FREE - location of the event -  ONLY cars and 4x4s
    Alternative Car Park A - Thorpe station (Tissington Trail SK1657 5033). This car park is owned by the National Park and is free. THIS CAR PARK IS RESERVED FOR LARGE VEHICLES
    Alternative Car Park B - Narlows Lane (opposite Old Dog pub SK1635 5048). This car park is owned by the National Park and is free. There is room for approx 45 cars 
    Alternative Car Park C - Dovedale Garage - adjacent to Old Dog in Wintercroft Lane. This is private land owned by the garage. There will be no charge, but PARKING may be limited access subject to weather

















  • From all alternative car parks CIRCA approx 10 minutes to the start of the race
  • PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE VILLAGE OR MAIN ROAD - THE ROAD NEEDS TO BE CLEAR FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES
  • IN SOME YEARS THE CAR PARKING HAS BEEN TOO SOGGY AND WET TO PARK - IN THAT CASE WE HAVE TO CANCEL THE EVENT, PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL !!

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

We have used photo's from our old website, if you have an issue with your photo appearing on this website, let me know and I will remove the photo(s)

  • fancy dress is allowed, and encouraged! but please make sure it's safe. unfortunately we no longer do a fancy dress prize. no-one is prepared to risk the wrath of the competitors by judging them!!
  • PLEASE LEAVE SPARE CLOTHES IN YOUR CAR AS WE HAVE NO PLACE TO STORE THEM AND WANT TO KEEP THE TENT FREE
  • DOGS HAVE ALWAYS RUN IN THE DASH, BUT YOU HAVE TO START AT THE BACK AND BE CAREFUL NOT TO TRIP UP ANY RUNNERS SPECIALLY DOWNHILL FROM THE START. ONE DOG PER RUNNER MAX! YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR DOG!
  • ​PLEASE DO NOT RUN IN SHOES WITH SPIKES - YOU CAN HURT FELLOW RUNNERS!
  • children 10 years and older are allowed in the main race, but parents are responsible. please use your judgement and make sure they are accompanied if you believe necessary. please make sure they start at the back - from the start the race goes into through narrow lin dale - for their safety children should not be at the front!
  • we did have some 'drowned dashes', 4 to be exact. in 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2013 we had to cancel the dash due to bad weather. THE PARKING IS THE PROBLEM. check the website, check the weather - click here
  • imagine circa 1500 runners coming to a small village in derbyshire! arrive early and share cars please
  • we are happy to put photographs on the website, please send them to enquiries@dovedaledash.co.uk. alternatively upload them to one of the free websites and send us a link to add to our collection
  • helen dunlop has created a facebook group - i love the dovedale dash - click here to join

parking

sponsors & contributors

other

  • signing on is possible from 9 am on thorpe pastures (cars are also parked there) at the white tent
  • under 10's - sign on at children's race station with a parent / guardian (registration closes 9:50 am)
  • UNDER 14'S - SIGN ON at SEPARATE station wiTH A PARENT / GUARDIAN, YOU WILL BE GIVEN A GREEN NUMBER
  • UNDER 18'S - SIGN ON at SEPARATE station WITH A PARENT / GUARDIAN, YOU WILL BE GIVEN A PURPLE NUMBER
  • Ladies - sign on at main stations, please make sure you are given a yellow number
  • over 60's - sign on at main stations, please make sure you are given a red number
  • men - sign on at main stations, please make sure you are given a white number
  • if you collect numbers for several people, please make sure you give the right number to the
    ​right person
    ! you can imagine the disastrous effect on the results if you don't

  • please make sure you have the correct colour number - if you didn't register in your class, we can't change that after the run! 
  • please complete your emergency contact details on the back of your bib!!
  • Categories are based on your age on the day of the race
  • ​PRICE IS £8 FOR ADULTS, £3 FOR CHILDREN UNDER 14 AND £2 FOR THE CHILDREN'S RACE. WE HAVE RAISED THE PRICE FOR ADULTS THIS YEAR TO PAY FOR A PROFESSIONAL TIMING SYSTEM WE ARE TRYING OUT THIS YEAR.