Race Date: Sunday 4th November 2018
The Dovedale Dash is a real four-and-three-quarter mile treat. Imagine a brilliant downhill start sprint, with people giggling all around (what’s more fun than running downhill, in mud, in November with a river crossing to await you at the bottom…all with c. 1500 other runners, some in fancy dress?). The rest of the race follows the river, through muddy fields and then back up the hill for a slow, breathless, uphill finish – cheered on by roaring crowds of course!
Despite a long(ish) journey and car park congestion (getting out takes longer than the run, unless you’re fast), it’s well worth it, especially with a chilled atmosphere of ‘turn up, pay and run’. There is a kids’ race too, as well as the ability to run with children if you wish – Michael Squires, Simon Bayliss and Alison Barratt all ran (and struggled to keep up) with their children in the adult race. Special mention to Rob Davies, King of the downhill for being first Strider across the river, and to Paul Middlemas who was seen cooling off, face first in the river as he crossed.
Dan Haworth from Matlock AC was the winner of the Dovedale Dash 2018 in a time of 25 mins and 41 secs. First Lady home and first Under 18 Girl, just like last year, was Elsbeth Grant from Matlock AC in a time of 31 mins and 42 secs.
1342 runners finished the race including a great turnout of 17 Striders!
Full results here