The Ashbourne Half

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16/05/2011 at 21:20


Did this race two years ago, starts in the park just of the centre and finishes there , its a great local race with few hills but one steep one at about 7miles and is downhill or pretty flat after that, glad to see they now giving a medal,  I can recommend  it  if you like a good country runwith great views.


16/05/2011 at 23:51
Might be worth doing as an alternative to Nottingham which is on the same day and twice the price!
17/05/2011 at 10:50
And not as crowded
02/06/2011 at 10:38
I've run and really enjoyed this a few times - always a challenge but all the hills are in the first half.  Your reward is the breathtaking views as you skirt Thorpe Cloud and drop down into Dovedale before entering the picturesque village of Ilam.  Then as you climb back up Bloor Hill you have an open view on your left the whole way of the Manifold and Dovedale valleys....definately doing this year and, as commented, a far better race than many at higher prices!
02/06/2011 at 21:17
may have a go at this
03/06/2011 at 09:10
 you should  enjoy it
05/06/2011 at 13:04
Thinking of doing this one this time ...done notts half and it was very pricey..the hills look hard work..
05/06/2011 at 20:01
it does have hills, the one that is the steepest at 7 miles  which the less able like me walk up but it is only 100yrds or so  the rest are steady inclines so when you get in your a stride, they are not to bad. 
27/06/2011 at 07:42

Hi All

Entered this race as a training run for the Liverpool Marathon the month after, looking forward to it as not done any hilly races yet and fancy the challenge.

Any advice for a newbie about the course, parking,useful places to collapse so the ambulance finds me  etc... 


27/06/2011 at 21:39


You should be getting  into your marathon training by now, so that does included hill repeats , that is what you need to be doing plus training on a hilly route or entering 10k or longer races known as hilly to get you happy with hill's, this will increase your confidence to tackle hill's and make you stronger for the marathon.

There is ample parking in side streets and car parks but I don't know if they charge on Sunday, the race starts just of the town centre

 my advice is to take easy on the first section as this where the hill's are (there are a couple of pubs on the route if you feel like stopping, though not a good idea.) but there drink stations where you need them.  

04/07/2011 at 07:38

Thanks William

Took your advice on board as I live in Lancashire hills, we have plenty, so on my long run on Friday i headed out to find some and boy did i find them !

Hard training but very rewarding turned around went down and up again

Looking forward to the Race as my Wife and Father in Law are also running as part of a collective Liverpool Marathon training programme

Any recomendations for a post race pub lunch will be welcome


06/07/2011 at 13:21
Plenty to choose in town and all used to 'visitors' as it is a tourist town but recommend the Bowling Green Pub (which you see at about 2 miles as you turn right at the bottom of Windmill Lane and turn out towards the Peak District).  After the race, head back to the Market Square then up the steep hill (A515 Buxton) - it is about 100m on left.  Good home cooked food and welcome atmosphere for walkers/runners.
Edited: 06/07/2011 at 13:22
06/07/2011 at 13:50


Also Bentley Brook about 1mile from ashbourne on Buxton rd you run quite close to it at the begining of the race, there is also Royal Oak you run past it around 11.5 mile point  its  on the Leek rd  by the river bridge 

08/07/2011 at 10:42
i might do this another year, i'm doing the Lichfield 10K that day, i'm not quite up to half marathon yet but put in for Bham half marathon
08/07/2011 at 11:28


it's a good one to book mark

24/08/2011 at 21:35
I`m thinking about this. It`ll be a back up in case a promised place in another rce doesn`t materialise. Sounds really nice!
28/08/2011 at 20:34
bet it's better
02/09/2011 at 22:47

ok im in

first time doing this one

03/09/2011 at 14:59
hope you enjoy it, it's a great run
03/09/2011 at 15:14
is this as hilly as buxton?
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