Ploughing on at the muddy Dales Dash race

Ready for a bash at the 2021 Dales Dash

New 5 mile route this year.

Sign up for a tour of Apedale Community Country Park on Sunday 12 December and the Newcastle Dales Dash. There are woodlands, trails, grass and yes, everyone’s favourite – hills, at this friendly, well marshalled race in North Staffordshire.

December is a busy month as we countdown to Christmas so what better way to escape the festive frenzy than a good old thrash around the trails at the Dales Dash. Tackle a mix of terrain in this reclaimed coal mining area and pause to admire the views across Staffordshire and Cheshire as you catch your breath at the top of the hills. 

The race starts at 11am (not too early for a Sunday!) and on a new 5ish mile course around most of Apedale Country Park. The hilly landscape with its tracks, paths, meadows and pools is also home to a variety of wildlife and this along with its mining heritage makes it a popular visitor attraction. A pit wheel memorial overlooks the park which was dedicated to the Staffordshire mine workers.

Any action will take place on the surface as runners from local clubs and further afield challenge themselves in this site and the solar panelled Lymedale Business Park. In previous years, there has been frost and ice, wind and rain plus mud so expect the unexpected and you’ll be fine. 

There are prizes for the top three men and women; male and female age group winners and spot prizes. Every finisher is presented with a medal and receives a personalised certificate along with their result. 

Have a break from Christmas shopping and enter the Newcastle Dales Dash via the AV Timing website. 

Image courtesy of Gemma Woodcock. 


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