Matlock Athletic Club in conjunction with Peak Rail are pleased to announce a new and locally unique event in the local race calendar - the Peak Rail 7, a race in which runners are challenged to beat the steam hauled heritage rail service from Peak Rail Rowsley South station to Matlock Riverside station and back in the beautiful setting of the Derbyshire Dales. The special Peak Rail 7 service train will be reserved for runners supporters only and will follow the regular 52 minute Peak Rail Rowsley/Matlock/Rowsley schedule which includes stops in both directions at Darley Dale station together with a stop at the halfway point in Matlock.
The scenic 7 mile course will see the runners racing on the delightful new section of the White Peak Loop which runs from Rowsley to Matlock, and the close proximity of the Peak Rail track to the course will give supporters on the train a number of photograph opportunities and be able to cheer support as they pass. The course is almost exclusively off-road apart from a small section heading in to Matlock. and provides excellent opportunities for walking and cycling for supporters who wish to be more active in following the race
The entry fees
are £10 UKA affiliated/ and £12 non-affiliated plus online booking fee. There is a limit of 200 runners so be sure to enter early to secure your place. All runners will receive a race memento and a generous prize list will be on offer for male and female 1,2,3 overall along with male & female V40, 50& 60+ categories. It is online entry only which opens when the following link goes live at 8.00am on 04/12/2017 through Bookitzone:
Please note that securing a race entry does not guarantee seats on the train as we only have 230 tickets to distribute. Requests for tain tickets should only be made after you have received confirmation of your race entry through Bookitzone
Minimum age is 17 on race day, and please note that in order to keep the race adjacent to the rail line for much of the route there will be 3 flights of steps that have to be negotiated (2 up, 1 down) so unfortunately the course is unsuitable for wheelchairs users. We are grateful to Derbyshire County Council and the Pedal Peak project for granting us access on to the trail and we advise all competitors that we will be sharing the trail with the other runners, cyclists and walkers and request you show courtesy and good manners at all times.