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On your marks for the Dovedale Dash!

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 23, 2013

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THE ICONIC Dovedale Dash, now its 58th year, will be held on Sunday, November 3, at 11am.

The popular cross-country race is held between Thorpe and Ilam in the Southern Peak District.

Most of the four-and-three-quarter miles course is over field and dale on rough paths and tracks.

It features the exciting and spectacular crossing of the River Dove at the Stepping Stones beauty spot.

Many of the keener runners spurn the queue for the easy crossing on the Stones and plunge through the river.

Parking for cars and coaches will be signposted on the day from the main road through Thorpe village.

From Ashbourne, follow signs to Dovedale along the A515. From Buxton, turn right off the A515 at the Tissington/Thorpe crossroads, four miles north of Ashbourne.

Cars coming from Stoke or Leek should follow signs to Ilam from the A52/A523 junction.

Coaches from Stoke and Leek should go via Ashbourne and Buxton Road.

The start of the race and signing on is at the marquee on Thorpe Pastures.

Last year over 1,500 runners of all ages and capabilities competed.

There are trophies for winners in the open class, under 18s, under 14s, over 60s, women and locals, but many people enter just for the fun of the run.

There is a separate race for under 10s, starting at 10am.

People come year after year and some running clubs bring a coach load for this popular event – inter-club rivalry contributes to the unique atmosphere of the Dash.

Entry is £5 on the day only, with a reduction for under-14s. Registration is from 9am and there is no charge for parking.

Full details can be found on the website www.dovedaledash.co.uk and the organisers can be contacted on 01335 350410 or 01335 350665.

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