The Tissington Trail Marathon

Run 26.2mi

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Review summary

11 Reviews
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  • Organisation
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Phil A
"Great, yet challenging trail run in beautiful scenery. The 12.5miles of climb..."


Harvey M
"Probably the best Marathon route and Event organisers in the UK,a privilege and..."


Katherine H
"Such a well organised race in a beautiful location. All the marshals were..."
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Distances in this event

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
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Event details

  • Undulating
  • Trails
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Finisher’s t-shirt
  • Mixed
  • 500 participants

From the organizer

Organizer's website

After a successful debut, the Tissington Trail Marathon returns to run through picturesque Derbyshire countryside for a second time.

Brought to you by the same team that manages the Tissington Trail Half Marathon, which has established itself as a real favourite with runners and often sells out months in advance. We're proud that the race regularly features in the Runner's World top 10 UK trail races.

The Tissington Trail, the site of a former railway line from Ashbourne to Buxton, runs along a 13 mile route from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne in Derbyshire. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the traffic-free trail is ideal for a cracking marathon and, because the route is slightly downhill on the way back, you've got gravity on your side!

What’s Included

Your entry fee includes:

  • Quality bespoke medal
  • Drawstring bag – packed with goodies!
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Well stocked aid stations
Course Details

This is a rare opportunity to run a marathon in Derbyshire with a 13.1 mile downhill finish! The race is an out-and-back race from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay along the traffic-free Tissington Trail. The route gently climbs uphill towards Parsley Hay before slightly downhill all the way back, so it's a great course for runners of all abilities and a fantastic introduction to the marathon distance for runners of all abilities.

Although the route is traffic-free, the trail will still be open to other trail users, including cyclists, walkers and horse-riders.

Raceday Logistics

Race Start is at 10am.

Let's Do This always recommend that you arrive at least 45 mins before your start time so that you have enough time to both register and prep for the race start.


  • On Site Parking
  • Toilets
  • Changing Facilities
  • Baggage Drop Off
  • Refreshments
First Aid:

Ambtrans Medical will be in attendance on the day and the course will be marshalled to provide assistance. Please note that due to the nature of the trail, it is not possible to provide contiuous supervision all along the course. Should you become unwell, you will be advised to alert a marshal, who will then arrange assistance for you. There will also be a sweep marshal following the race to ensure that nobody is left behind and that all runners are accounted for.


Your individual time and position will be recorded by your electronic chip. We will endeavour to display results as they come into the race centre. Prize giving and presentations will take place approximately 60 minutes after the first runner home.

Results will be uploaded to www.nice-work.org.uk as soon as possible after the race. All entrants that have supplied a valid and legible email address will receive a copy of the results as soon as possible after the race.

If you would like to volunteer to help at any of our events, there are a variety of roles available from marshalling to helping with event set-up. We offer our volunteers a free entry to a future race and, in some cases, expenses are available. If interested, please contact: [email protected]

The Tissington Trail Marathon reviews (11)

4.9 out of 5 stars

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    Harvey M

    Did the Marathon in 2019

    Do you want to run a Marathon next year? Do you want a course that offers a potential PB on a fabulous countryside trail along a disused railway line with gorgeous views? Then book this Tissington Trail Marathon as quick as you can. This was my first Marathon event, so a PB! and an age category time. Nice Work if you can get it, they are amazingly friendly and supportive too.
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    Did the Marathon in 2019

    Nicest marathon course I've done, and a lovely atmosphere. Organisation and communication from the organisers were great. Medal and tshirt were also among favourites I've picked up!
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    Gary B

    Did the Marathon in 2019

    As with all Niceworks events, the Tissington trail marathon didn’t disappoint, excellent organisation, a wonderful course, fab Marshall’s and a lovely bespoke medal and T-shirt, definitely back next year
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    Mark A swift

    Did the Marathon in 2019

    My first Marathon,11 days notice,loved it,great Coarse,will be back next year,with longer time to prepare
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    Derek C

    Did the Marathon in 2019

    My wife Jilly and I completed a couch to 5K Beginners Course with Caistor Running Club in May 2018. As both of us are in our 60’s we decided early on that we weren’t really interested in the pursuit of personal bests so agreed to just try and run whatever distance the race or run was without stopping or walking till we finished. Gradually building up our distances we saw the Tissington Marathon just before Christmas and knowing the trail from cycling part of it 30 years ago decided it would be our best chance to run a marathon so entered it.
    It was easy to register on the day and walk up to the start line. We were pleased that it wasn’t a huge field of runners for our first one and after an efficient briefing from the starter we set off. It was very good to know that we would be running all the way without having to worry about cars. As the field spread out there were many occasions where you could just hear woodpeckers and other birds.
    The regularly placed and well stocked water stations were staffed by very friendly and encouraging volunteers. I particularly enjoyed the Jaffa cakes!
    I reached the half way point before Jilly and passed her at Mile 12 for her and Mile 14 for me and she was going really strong.
    On the return journey the mile markers were very easy to see and the water stations still had lots of goodies even by the time us slowies got to them.
    I did finish without stopping in an admittedly slow time of 5hours 11minutes but there were still people to cheer me home. I was so thrilled to finish and receive the terrific ‘proper’ medal and tee shirt. That was until I turned round and say Jilly standing at the finish and for a moment couldn’t work out how she had got in front of me until I saw the bandage around her head and that she wasn’t wearing her glasses. She had unfortunately fallen over at mile 14 and her glasses had cut her head quite badly but she had been promptly attended to by the excellent first aiders on the course and fully checked out and taken to the finish. We can’t thank them enough for the help they gave Jilly who was also helped by a marshal who stayed with her till medical help arrived.
    As the trail was open to the public there were many walkers and cyclists who gave all the runners encouragement to keep going and helped the friendly ethos of the event. The whole event was well managed but with the minimum disruption to other trail users and provided a safe environment for runners of all abilities even first timers like us.
    We will be entering next years marathon and have places already booked on the half marathon in September. We can heartily recommend it to anyone and congratulate the organisers on doing such a marvellous job.
    By the way Jilly managed to complete her first marathon three weeks later.
    Thanks guys!
    Derek and Jilly Commander
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    Katherine H

    Did the Marathon in 2019

    Such a well organised race in a beautiful location. All the marshals were fantastic too. I absolutely loved this race. It was definitely a challenge with the first half being up hill but totally worth it! Being a slower runner I was on my own a lot on the track towards the last couple of hours which is understandable as there were only 142 entrants! I think this event will be a lot bigger next year as word gets around and that will be better for the race atmosphere. The medal was fantastic and a great quality T-shirt that I wear lots so I can show off I’ve run a marathon!! Would love to do this event again but I am having a rest from marathon training next year! Have recommended it to lots of my running friends and running club!
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    Owen m

    Did the Marathon in 2019

    My first marathon, spot on organisation, relaxed atmosphere, brilliant weather, superb course, great marshals, couldn’t be better for 1st time 😀👍
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    Dominic B

    Did the Marathon in 2019

    Great marathon - fun and fast. Out and back along an old railway track, cutting through rolling hills. The track is slightly uphill to the halfway point - and therefore a welcome downward incline on the way back. Through woods, old cuttings with plenty of water and jelly baby stops. Friendly encouragement all round - from spectators, walkers en route and fellow runners. Great race for first time trail runners and those chasing a time, and anyone who loves running away from roads. Would definitely do it again
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    Probably the best Marathon route and Event organisers in the UK,a privilege and delight to race on this beautiful disused railway line/trail in the Derbyshire countryside. All the Nice Work team excelled on the day and provided an unforgettable running experience. This was the first Marathon on the Tissington Trail and my first Marathon too, cant wait for the next one. I suggest they consider a different date so it doesnt clash with the London Marathon.
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    Great, yet challenging trail run in beautiful scenery. The 12.5miles of climb take their toll and you can clearly see the climb ahead of you... yet when you turn back you dont feel again of the gain from the descent, so its a deceptive route. Its a run Id recommend to anyone but not one Id enter for a second time.

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