It’s Dovedale Dash time

The 57th Dovedale Dash is to be held on Sunday, November 4, starting at 11am.

The event 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.

Parking for cars and coaches will be signposted on the day from the main road through Thorpe village. 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 for the fun of the run. There is a separate race for under tens, starting at 10am.

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.