Race Route

IMPORTANT UPDATE to race route as of 1st September 2020

As part of the Covid-19 safety measures we are implementing, we have carried out a comprehensive course risk assessment and, as a result, there will be a change to the narrow sections in two areas of the course.

The changes are:

  • Just prior to 3 miles, the route will keep to the main lower path instead of turning left through the gate and up through Hall Wood. Reason: There is a narrow track through Hall Wood which will make social-distancing very difficult for anyone over-taking.
  • At around 5.7 miles, the route will not turn left up the steep hill, around the right bend and down the hill to rejoin the main path 70 metres further along and instead the route will remain on the main lower path. Reason: the path is narrow around this hill section which will make social-distancing very difficult for anyone over-taking and the steepness of the hill will result in sudden exertion from some resulting in heavier-breathing/spluttering and an increased change of over-taking.

Whilst we appreciate some runners may be disappointed that the route is slightly different to previous years, some may be pleased to know that keeping to the lower paths will result in less undulations on the course.

The course has been accurately remeasured as per AUKCM standards and it has resulted in the distance being reduced down slightly to 7.5 miles.  Due to the current Covid-19 circumstances and lack of safe alternative route options, the remaining distance will not be added back in this year.

Runners complete a full clockwise circuit of the reservoir, taking in spectacular views across the water and the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. Mainly on cycle track, the course is flat in places but includes some moderate to steep inclines. Marshals will be based at key parts of the route and the course will be signed by yellow arrow markers. Mile markers will also be displayed to update you on your race progress.

The start line is located on the top car park on the right hand side as you enter the visitor centre site.

There will be no water stations on the course.  Please bring your own bottles with you and take any litter away with you. There will be bottled water available at the finish for all runners.

FIRST AID

St Johns Ambulance first-aiders will be based in the race village and on Oldfield Lane.  There will also be St Johns Ambulance first aid response cyclists on the course.  If at any time you require medical assistance please notify one of the marshals located on the route or one of the race support crew.

Please note the route is not closed to the public.  We ask all runners to be considerate to others visiting the reservoir.