DovedaleDash

The famous cross country race in thorpe, dovedale since 1953

time keeping and prizes

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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)

  • 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 
  • please do not park in the village or main road - the road needs to be clear for emergency vehicles
  • ​car parking is free of charge
  • 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 !!
  • THE 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 FOLLOW THEIR INSTRUCTIONS

sponsors & contributors

location and parking

  • 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!!
  • 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
  • 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! it is really difficult for the timekeepers to spot the prize winners amongst all the runners, please wear your number visible and with pride!
  • 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. 

SIGNING ON

  • 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 INTRODUCING A PROFESSIONAL TIMING SYSTEM THIS YEAR 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)

other

  • 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.)