Ladybower Trail Marathon

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Set in the picturesque Peak District National Park, this course offers runners a beautiful trail marathon and constant views throughout. The mixed terrain makes this a tough, but interesting course to run and is a great entry point for those looking to get into trail running.
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Fri, 10 Jun 2022
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Bamford, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Fairholmes Car Park, Derwent Ln, Bamford, Hope Valley S33 0AQ, UK
Start times
Fri, 10 Jun 2022
Races summary
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Route information
This fairly fast course offers runners a comfortable, hard packed trail to charge through the Peak District. Participants love this course for the stunning views and the interesting trail route, it has even been dubbed as "one of the most scenic trail runs in the District" by previous competitors.
What's included
  • Bespoke Finisher's Medal
  • Fully-stocked aid stations
  • Clearly marked and marshalled course
  • Refreshments & nutrition
How to get there
Fairholmes Car Park, Derwent Ln, Bamford, Hope Valley S33 0AQ, UK
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There are two parking options, the first is to use the Pay & Display options at the main visitors car park and the second is to utilise the lay-bys on the way down towards the visitors car park (second option is free).
Event day logistics
07:00 Toilets & Amenities Open
08:00 Registration Opens
09:30 Marathon starts
Please arrive at least 45 minutes to get parked, registered and warmed up before tackling this challenge.
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Peak Runners
Hello, I'm David the founder of Peakrunners. Along with my wife Amanda we organise running events throughout Yorkshire, Derbyshire and beyond. I originally started out in martial arts, where I trained intensively to get myself up to a high competitive level. I competed in full contact kickboxing / mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jujitsu. After gaining my 5th degree blackbelt and successfully running my own mixed martial arts academy, I decided to make the hard choice and close my academy, and follow my dreams of becoming an endurance athlete. My journey began in 2011 when I entered my first endurance race; The Hell on the Humber, a 12hr night run up and down the Humber Bridge. I shortly followed this up with many more 12hr and 24hr events and soon turned my focus into the world of ultrarunning. I've since gone on to compete in many more ultras here in the UK as well as in Europe, including an 8th place finish in the Spine. My focus is to become the best I can be in trail running. And to be honest, my life doesn't have a finish line, as my goals in my life are set very high.
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Will there be feed stations along the route of the Ladybower Trail Marathon?
Yes, there will be feed stations every 5 miles but runners should make sure they have brought a cup or bottle with them to refill as this event has gone cupless in an effort to limit it's impact on the environment.
Are there toilet facilities at the Ladybower Trail Marathon?
Yes, there will toilets available from 7am and they can be found near the main visitors car park.
Is there mobile reception at The Ladybower Trail Marathon?
No, there is very poor phone signal in this region and it is therefore very important to check in at every feed station on route. If runners do not check in at each feed station they will be disqualified.
Did the race in 2022
Gorgeous route! Be prepared for lots of steady climbs and false flats!
Did the race in 2022
Really well organised, food/drink stations were perfectly equipped and all members of staff were super friendly and supportive. Second year I’ve entered, probably make it three. Thank you. 😀
Did the race in 2022
Beautiful course, well organized, friendly, helpful staff. Perfect!
Did the race in 2022
Lovely low key event, great organisation and support from the organisers
Did the race in 2022
Really well organised. Stunning scenery. The food stations had lots of options, juice, electrolytes in packets or fluids, tomatoes, haribo, oranges and bananas. It was like a shop. Tough climb at Mile 15 then technical run down. Over that that no major ups or downs. Would definitely do again
Did the race in 2022
Well organised and friendly- congratulations to the organisers.
Did the race in 2019
Great race, organised very well and such a brilliant location, watch out for the big hill though!! 😂
Did the race in 2019
The smallest, friendliest marathon I have done. The scenery the whole way round was beautiful! Terrain was a mixture of packed gravel paths, a small grassy section and some rocky and muddy parts (on the large hill which was challenging in the consistent rain!) Very enjoyable experience, well organised, I'll be forever grateful to the lady at mile 18 for her 10/10 cheering and the orange and haribo! Would definitely recommend!
Did the race in 2018
Lovely scenic trail...really enjoyed it. Would highly recommend to others and will definitively be back. Well organised race....Thank you
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Recent Questions
Chris Collings
Just how hilly is this run? I have never run trail, or hills. I’ve done 7 very flat marathons but want to try something different...but not so different that I can’t even finish it!
Stephy Dennis
Hi there. Just to let you know that as far as a trail run is concerned, this is probably a good starting point. It is nicely hard packed and there are only a couple of climbs thrown in there. We don't have the exact elevation, however if you have done 7 marathons you will be absolutely fine. Good luck!
Wanda Macdonald
Hi, will there be bag drop facilities at the start? I'm getting dropped off and will want to get changed before I get my transport home.
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