Matlock Athletic Club
2014 WHITE PEAK MARATHON & HALF MARATHON
17 May 2014
Both are off-road events are to be run concurrently over the White Peak Trails, starting at 11.00 am on Saturday the 17th May. The marathon is a traditional route from Thorpe to Cromford Meadows following first the Tissington Trail to Parsley Hay, then the High Peak Trail to Cromford, while the half marathon follows the High Peak Trail from Friden to Cromford.
The runs are over firm compacted limestone and cinder surfaces on former railway tracks making road running shoes ideal. There is one road crossing, at about 14 miles on the marathon course, and a little over 1 mile after the start of the half marathon.
The marathon starts at Thorpe and follows the Tissington Trail, up the dales to north of Parsley Hay, where it does an about turn then takes a left fork to follow the High Peak Trail. From here it undulates level till it joins the half marathon part of the route at Friden. After this the track descends in three stages, at about 21, 22½ and 24½ miles, the last descent being about 1 mile long down the steep incline to the Cromford canal at High Peak Junction. At this point it crosses the canal, turns left along the tow-path and then right into Cromford Meadows, approximately ¾ of a mile from there.
Please note that there are limited points of access to the trail throughout. For this reason it is difficult to monitor the condition of competitors, so to help with safety and security, competitors in the marathon who have not reached the 10 mile point at Parsley Hay within 2 hours will be asked to retire.
The half marathon follows the later stages of the marathon course from Friden. The route undulates along the tops of the dales for the first 8 miles or so, then descends in three stages, at 7, 8½ and 10½ miles down to High Peak Junction on theCromfordCanal, where it crosses the canal, and turns left along the towpath to finish at Cromford Meadows. The total descent is about 800 feet, and with no steep uphill stretches, it provides the potential for fast times and personal bests. We like to think of it as a swift half.
No navigational skills are needed for either event, and there will be 7 feed stations spaced out as evenly as possible along the marathon course. The last three of these will cover the half marathon also. Because of the difficult logistics, we can only provide water and sponges at these feed stations. Personal drinks will of course be permitted, but competitors will have to make their own arrangements for their provision. Although the logistics of the events mean that ambulance cover is primarily for the marathon, because of overlap the slowest of the half marathoners will also be covered by this.
At the finish the rugby clubhouse will be open for changing and showering, and there will be a bar and TV. There will be snack-style catering both before and after the race.
The half marathon prize-giving will take place just before the first marathon runners are due, at about1.30 pm, and the marathon prizes will be given out between 3.30 and4.00 pm.
For both events the entry fee is £20 for competitors who are members of a UK Athletics affiliated club, and £22 for those who are not (unattached): the extra £2 is a condition of our licence. Entries can only be accepted by mail, on the official entry form which will be posted on this web site on January 31st, 2014. Entries will be accepted from February the 1st, until the lists are full.
Please note that, because of restrictions imposed by the authorities, the number of runners per event is limited to 200, and the entry lists are set to meet these restrictions. We therefore have to impose closing dates which depend on how fast the entries come in. Anticipated closing dates for entries will be posted on the web site as soon as they become apparent, so you are advised to log in frequently. No entries will be accepted beyond these dates.
Maps of the routes, and of Cromford Meadows, will be provided to all entrants, along with registration instructions, on receipt of entries. These will be sent by email wherever an email address is given, otherwise please send an A5 stamped addressed envelope with your entry.
Further information can be obtained by ringing 01629 823214, or by email via this web site contact. Only emails with the subject “White Peak Marathon” will be opened.
Results will be posted on the Matlock AC website immediately after the events. Paper copies of the results will be sent out by request to those who complete an addressed envelope on the day of the race, and deposit 50p inside it.
Photos below of runners at Parsley Hay, 2013, courtesy of Steve Mead.