• 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!

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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!!
  • Dogs have always run in the dash and there has never (as far as I know) been a problem. you are welcome to run with your dog as long as it doesn't cause problems. you are responsible for your dog
  • 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
  • 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

DovedaleDash

The famous cross country race in thorpe, dovedale since 1953

other

time keeping and prizes

SIGNING ON

location and parking

  • 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 roger woolley. roger always contribute most of what he makes on the day to the dovedale dash causes. roger runs the regular refreshment stall at dovedale car park, please visit him!
  • we have raised about £49,000 for charity and the upkeep of the thorpe village hall since 1988

sponsors & contributors

  • 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)
  • before we have given out trophies to the winners of the dovedale dash, but it is really difficult every year to get these back in time before the next dash! therefore we have decided to make photos on the day with the trophies, but give out winner plaques for you to take home
  • we are again aiming this year to record everybody's time and position and publish the results after the race. to do this it is important you print your name and club clearly at registration please
  • last year a large queue formed which made it impossible to register the correct time at the finish after c500 runners. this year we are making a bigger (airport style) queuing system to avoid this. 
    please don't stop after crossing the finish line, KEEP MOVING INTO THE QUEUING SYSTEM!
  • everyone will get a certificate (without finishing position - you can find these on the website
    ​after the race)