Ladybower 50

a new one for 2012

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20/10/2011 at 15:58


 I am in the process of putting together a 50 miler in Derbyshire next year. It will be a 2 loop route around Ladybower and Derwent resevoirs.

Online registration will open here at RW shortly.

The website

All the best


20/10/2011 at 21:12

Picking a date that did not clash with any other major ultra distance events was a smart move. 

The event sounds interesting, and I venture to suspect, will not be found wanting in terms of scenery.

21/10/2011 at 08:23
Yes, looks great and would love to do....but this may well be the weekend before I leave for a sandier environment for a few months!!
21/10/2011 at 10:37
Thanks Guys.
I agree. It is beautiful around there. I run around there once or twice a week. I took my mate around the route on our mountain bikes last week and he signed up when we got home. The furthest he has ever run is 10k lol. He has plenty of time to build up, it just shows the impact of the area.

Yeah, I wanted to avoid clashes at all costs to make this available to as many people as possible. We said all along that if we get 2 sign ups we can call it a race and go ahead. We have 18 already, which is amazing as online registration isn't live yet.

I will be running it also, so am excited on so many levels.

Your opinions mean so much, so any ideas on aid stations, goodies etc will be taken seriously and will help to create an awesome event.

Thank you

21/10/2011 at 13:33
Hmm, this looks interesting. Would the course be good for a PB? How would it compare with Round Rotherham the following month, which is already faster than most traily type events (at least the ones that I do)?
21/10/2011 at 14:53

Hi Nick, 

I haven't taken part in the Round Rotherham, so couldn't compare it from personal experience. I hear it is a brilliant race and one that I wish I could have avoided by more than a month. I had to choose a date that was outside prime tourist season and not too close to other events in the calendar.

I can only tell you that I use the route for my tempo training and it is faster than anywhere I know in the area. Circumnavigating the resevoirs makes it flat/undulating so it is a good PB course in that respect. Also the trail / tracks are in good condition.

Another bonus is the fact that the route is mega obvious which eradicates any time lost due to navigation issues. It is simply a case of getting into a nice rhythm and enjoying the surroundings without worrying about missing turns.

Edited: 21/10/2011 at 15:31
21/10/2011 at 20:20

Woah, you are pretty spot on.

yeah there is a fair bit of road, but you can run along side the road on the thin track on the fairholmes side of Howden. I hope that makes sense. The first plan was to head over from Ladybower towards lose hill, but wanted to keep it simple in the end. From a safety point of view, having access to most of the route from one point is a massive plus.

I reckon I should get out and measure the percentages of road and trail for the website. The beauty is in the detail. I would say it is 70 / 30 in favour of road? I will report back

My plan is to have the fifty going clockwise and the 20 mile (fun run) going anti clockwise. The twenty is just two laps of Derwent.

As i said before, thanks for the input. I want this to be competely runner friendly and a great event.


23/10/2011 at 21:23
I'm really interested in this, being local to the route and enjoying a longer challenge, but running 2 laps puts me off as variety is a big help for distraction of the mind in the closing stages of races over this sort of distance and second £30 does not favourably compare to the £15 bargain with t-shirt and bounteous checkpoints that is the Round Rotherham.
24/10/2011 at 17:54
Thanks for the feedback,

I have toyed with the idea of extending it to create a one looper, but the hills/ roads/ admin make me prefer 2 loops. They are pretty big loops to be fair. I do understand where you are coming from. Aparently there is a race in Holland which is 14 loops of a circuit

The swag on the day will be pretty sweet. T shirt medal etc. The main cost will be going on aid stations. I want at least one to have warm food and drink which means generator hire and food hygene Certs. The way the route maps out makes it possible to have support every 8-10 miles. More often in certain places. Good call with the tree location. I have brought in a sponsor who can get me power bars and gels. There will be plenty of real food too.

I didn't realise the Rotherham one was only 15 - blimey. The costings we have done would show us making a hefty loss at 15. Wow they must get lots of free s**t.

I really do appreciate the advice guys. I know what I want when I race, but to get other peoples opinions is priceless.

See you in the zone

24/10/2011 at 20:12
looks amazing!!! I'm gonna give it a go!
24/10/2011 at 20:12
oh, is there a time limit?
24/10/2011 at 20:28
Excellent Mark. 14 hours will be the official cut off.

Where are you from Mark? I am planning some training runs in spring around the area.
24/10/2011 at 21:20
I'm in Derby. So not a million miles away!
25/10/2011 at 17:34

Cake, you are a legend.

At this rate you will be qualifying for a discounted entry fee!!!!!

Thank yoiu for the info. I have links with STC so will get some info from them. I know what you mean about freebies. The level of good bag is always a clincher. Triathlon is a great sport if you are a kit whore. I love a good finisher T-shirt.

My bezzer mate owns a cafe in Sheffield and says he can help. I have the contact details of the owners of the cafe at Fairholmes, so they are a good option. They will have power for site lighting too, which takes away the need for a generator. I want the finish line to be buzzing. Music, BBQ, chilli, beer etc.

I have a 4m x 4m mini marquee that can be used.

This is all very exciting.

Cheers mate

25/10/2011 at 17:45
I'm looking forward to this already!
27/10/2011 at 21:09

Cheers mate,

Yeah i work in events fundraising in my day job. It can be a nightmare with all the red tape. I will be in touch.


I can't wait.

28/10/2011 at 22:04

Beer at the finish?! - why didn't you say that before? They don't have that at the Round Rotherham.

 Just imagining a perfectly topped off pint being handed to each finisher...

29/10/2011 at 20:10
Def interested in this but waiting on dates for other events so I can plan my schedule

What sort of entry limit are you looking at.?

And do you have a postcode of the start so I can look into logistics ie travel and accomadation

What is the start time as that obv effects whether I would stop overnight and therefore the overall cost!
29/10/2011 at 20:11
Silly me, just followed the link to the entry on
Rw and see the start time is 8 and there is a postcode as well
05/11/2011 at 22:12

Hi guys,

Sorry for the silence. I have been working away and unable to log on. The website has been updated now with more detail. I was out there last week taking some great pictures too.

Hellen, I will seek out some B&Bs in the area. Look at bamford, Castleton and Hatherdage in the mean time.

I have a meeting with a potential sponsor Wednesday, so thing are gathering momentum now.

Cake, thanks as always.


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