Runners set for Dovedale Dash 2011

The 56th annual Dovedale Dash is set to take place next month, with from athletes far and wide expected to take part once again.

The popular cross-country race is held in a picturesque part of the southern Peak District, with most of the 4¾ mile course 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 will be held on Sunday, November 6 at 11am.

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

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.

This year there will be a separate race for under 10s, starting at 10am.

Entry is £5 on the day only, starting 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 350239.