Have a dash around Dovedale

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The Dovedale Dash is a popular cross-country race held in a picturesque part of the southern Peak District.

Most of the 4¾ mile 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.

The race is in its 57th year, and will be held on Sunday, November 4, at 11am.

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 1500 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 for the fun of the run.

There is a separate race for under tens, starting at 10am. People come year after year so they must enjoy it.

Some running clubs bring a coach load for this popular event, and inter-club rivalry contributes to the unique atmosphere of the Dash.

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

Full details can be found on the website http://www.dovedaledash.co.uk and the organisers can be contacted on 01335 350410 or 350239.