Easter Monday - Runner vs Steam

Peak Rail 7 - Runner vs Steam

Monday 21st April 2025
Start time: 9:30 AM
Runners are challenged to beat the steam hauled heritage rail service from Peak Rail Rowsley South station to Matlock Riverside station and back.
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Matlock Athletic Club in conjunction with Peak Rail are pleased to announce the renewal of the popular Peak Rail 7, a race in which runners are challenged to beat the steam hauled heritage rail service from Peak Rail Rowsley South station to Matlock Riverside station and back.

The scenic 7 mile course will see the runners racing on the White Peak Loop extension of the Monsal Trail, which runs from Rowsley to Matlock The close proximity of the Peak Rail track to the trail will give supporters on the train a number of photograph opportunities and be able to cheer support as they pass. The course is almost exclusively off-road apart from a small section heading in to Matlock. and provides excellent walking and cycling opportunities for supporters who wish to be more active in following the race.

Please note that in order to keep the race adjacent to the rail line for much of the route there will be 3 flights of steps that have to be negotiated (2 up, 1 down) so unfortunately the course is unsuitable for wheelchairs users. We are grateful to Derbyshire County Council and the Pedal Peak project for granting us access on to the trail and we advise all competitors that we will be sharing the trail with the other runners, cyclists and walkers and request you show courtesy and good manners at all times.

All runners will receive a unique race memento, and a generous prize list will be on offer for male and female 1,2,3 overall along with male & female V40, 50 & 60+ categories plus ‘Team versus Steam’ prizes.

Supporters train tickets

Supporters train tickets are discounted for our special charter service. For those in need of post-race refuelling refreshments can be purchased from the Northwood Buffet at Rowsley South station where there is also ample free car parking.

Please note that securing a race entry does not guarantee seats on the train as we only have 230 tickets to distribute.

Charity Fund Raiser

This event is also a MAC charity fundraiser. Since this event was added to our race calendar, we have raised over £13,000 for charity.


We will allow refunds up until 31 March 2025. Please note that we cannot refund the booking fee paid to process your original entry.
After this date, transfers will be permitted up to 17th April 2025.
If you require a refund, email [email protected] and include the following information:

RACE NAME: 2025 Runner vs Steam
Refund(s) required for: [FULL NAME(S)]

Race details

Peak Rail 7 - Runner vs Steam
Date: April 21, 2025, 9:30 am
Distance: 7 miles
Entry fee: £18 UKA affiliated/£20 non-affiliated including booking fees
Climb: Fairly flat!
Course marked? Yes
Race start time: 9:30 AM
Start location: Rowsley Station, Peak Rail, https://w3w.co/precluded.duet.sideburns
Minimum age: 16 years on race day
Entry on the day: No
Race limit: 250
Refunds & Transfers: Refunds will be permitted up to 31 March 2025. See information at the bottom of the page. Transfers allowed up to 17th March 2025
Other information:

Race Records
Female - Abbey Van Dijk
Male - Alex Pilcher