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Sunday 6th October 2024

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Sunday 10th March 2024
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Thursday 3rd October 2024
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326 Participants
Entry Fees
Under 18*   £7.50   
Adult*   £12.50   
* All fees relative to Event Date (06/10/2024)
Erwin van Vroenhoven

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The Dovedale Dash is an iconic 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 beautiful Dovedale in the South of the Derbyshire Peak District. The course is mainly along fields, paths and open ground in the valleys of the river Dove and Manifold. One of the excitements is the crossing of the river Dove at the well known Stepping Stones. 

The first race was held in 1953 and this year we are organising the 65th edition of this famous race. 

The start of the race is from Thorpe pastures in the small village of Thorpe. Imagine a long line of people, the start sign and then over 1,000 runners running towards narrow Lyn dale to reach the Dove for the river crossing…

The start is at 11 am.

Parking is free and on Thorpe pastures.

Some years we have had to cancel the race as our car park was too wet, so check the website or social media before setting off.

It can be busy on the day, so come early.

Registration opens from 9 am.

There is also an U12 children’s race, starting at 10 am. There is no pre-entry for the Children’s race - just turn up on time on the day - the entry fee for that is £4.

12 and over can take part in the main race. 

For more information check the website

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Event Location
Thorpe, Ashbourne, DE6 2AW