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Ladybower 50


The Ladybower 50 series will take place on 19th November 2022*.

All previous results can be found here.




In 2022 the Ladybower series will include the 20, 35 and 50 mile events, and entry is £35/£45/£55 respectively.

The route

The route is one of the best runs in the area. It is extremely popular with runners, cyclists and walkers alike. The route is a looped circuit of the Ladybower and Derwent reservoirs. 1 x 5 mile and 1-3 x 15 mile laps depending on the race you enter. This will be marshalled and signed. The terrain is a mixture of trail, track and a small section of country road (hardly used). Although the elevation of the route is mainly flat, there are undulations. The route is easy to follow and will be clearly marked out on the day.

Please note: The actual distance of the route is 50.9 miles, 35.8 miles and 20.7 miles respectively.

Distance 20/35/50 miles (approx)
Date 19th November 2022*
Start time 8:00am/8:00am/8:30am
Venue Last lay-by on the right, Fairholmes, Derwent Valley
Prizes 1st M&F senior, V40 and V50 in each race
Price £35/45/55

*Important information: These are the dates we are hoping to run the events, however due to the ongoing pandemic some authorities are not accepting event applications currently, and we may not be allowed to hold them due to government restrictions at the time. Entries are open, and in the case of the dates changing runners have the options of racing the new dates, deferring their entry to a later race, transferring the entry fee to another of our events, or receiving a 75% refund.

Enter the Ladybower 50

Cut off timings

For safety reasons there will be a cut off time for this event of 12 hours. More details will become available closer to the date, but each aid station will have a cut off time. If you don’t reach the station within the cut off, you will be withdrawn from the race. This is purely from a safety point of view

Kit list

The run is on a mix of trail track and small sections of country road. Whilst we recommend a trail shoe, road shoes should be fine. There is the potential for mud in areas, so please don’t expect them to be clean when you finish. We will have an aid stations at miles 5, 20 and 35. We recommend the use of water bottles or hydration back packs and the carriage of food also. At the aid stations, there will be an area for each individual to store their own nutrition, clothing, special drinks. Please ensure you are self sufficient. The weather in the Peak District can change in a second. With this, it would be a good idea to bring waterproof jackets/ warm kit etc. Some of the runners will be running in the dark, so a head torch or similar is required. This can be stored for you with additional nutrition etc. Please pack some extra warm kit for the end of the race.


In addition to the aid stations, if you are lucky enough to have someone to support you, then please use them. The only rule we have is that no pace runners are to help until the last lap of the race. Also, we ask that support crews ensure they keep out of the way of the other athletes on the tighter section of the tracks.

Aid stations

We will stock these with water, bananas, savoury snacks, and choccy bars. As stated before, you are expected to be as self sufficient as possible. We unfortunately cannot stock enough variety of nutrition to cater for everyone’s needs.


There will be prizes for first male and first female as well as spot prizes on the day.


On the morning of the race you will be required to check in and receive your race number. Please ensure you get to registration bright and early.

Enter the Ladybower 50

For a map of the route click here.

All previous results can be found here.

Click here for a copy of our rules and ethos, which applies to all events unless specifically stated otherwise.

Upper Derwent Valley

The Derwent, Howden and Ladybower Reservoirs make up the Upper Derwent Valley.

The reservoirs were created in the early 20th Century to provide 10,000 million gallons of water for the growing urban population in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire. Over 1000 people were involved in building the reservoirs and were housed in the temporary ‘Tin Town’ at Birchinlee. There are the flooded of villages of Derwent and Ashopton – when water levels are low, you may get a glimpse of the village remains. The settlements of Derwent and Ashopton were abandoned to make way for the reservoirs and the imposing neo-gothic dams were built in the deep valley to contain and control the fast flowing moorland rivers. The Derwent, Howden and Ashopton Resevoirs were in fact once the training site of the famous Dambusters Squadron.

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