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The Tissington Trail Marathon - Cancelled

Unfortunately the 2020 event has been cancelled.
Start line opens – 8.00 am
Start line closes – 10.00 am

We are delighted to announce that postponed Tissington Trail Marathon will go ahead on Sunday 22nd November (subject to final approval by the council) under the new Covid -Safe Guidelines. We understand that a lot may have changed since you entered the race and if you would prefer not to take part, then please let us know and we will defer your place to next year's event.
We have successfully developed a number of new procedures which are designed to ensure our races will be Covid-secure and ensure the safety of our runners, staff and the general public.
The first change you will notice is the start time. Rather than a single start time for all runners, we are operating a pre-booking system with start times available in 5-minute slots, beginning at 8.00am through to 10.00am.  A maximum of twelve people will be able to begin the race in each slot – and each of those people will be allocated a place on the start line according to their anticipated finish time, with the fastest runner lining up on the front of the start line. The race will also have a restricted entry limit.
If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 as outlined by the NHS or have been unwell in the last 14 days please do not travel to the event and email us and we can let you know deferral options available.
    Current NHS advice on coronavirus/Covid-19 can be found here  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-Covid-19/  
After a successful debut in 2019 the Tissington Trail Marathon returns to run through picturesque Derbyshire countryside for a second time in 2020, albeit later in the year than planned!

Brought to you by the same team that manages the Tissington Trail Half Marathon which has established itself as a real favourite with runners, often selling out months in advance. We're proud that the race regularly features in the Runner's World top 10 UK trail races. The route gently climbs up through glorious Peak District scenery before turning round with a 13.1 mile downhill finish – so fast times are likely. The Tissington Trail, the site of a former railway line from Ashbourne to Buxton, runs along a 13 mile route from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne in Derbyshire. Surrounded by beautiful countryside the traffic-free trail is ideal for a cracking marathon and, because the route is slightly downhill on the way back, you've got gravity on your side! The race is suitable for both experienced and first-time marathon runners.  
All finishers will receive a bespoke medal and there will be trophies for the leading runners and age category winners.  
Entering the event
If you have entered the race in good time, your race number will be sent to you in the post.

If you have entered the race close to the race date, you will need to collect your race number on the morning of the event. If you proceed to the registration table, a race official will write down your name and advise you of your race number – and you will be asked to sanitise your hands and, if you wish, put on gloves, before collecting your number from a storage box on the desk. Please remember to social distance from the race official and anybody else who is collecting a number. A race official will manage any queues to ensure everybody remains socially distanced.

Please note that you will not be able to enter on the day due to the new guidelines. Entries are available online until midnight before the event.  

Race numbers must be worn on the front of your shirt and not on your legs or back. If you do so you may not receive an accurate time. Make sure you do not damage the chip. Please make sure you complete the medical information on the reverse of your number. Remember race numbers are non-transferable. This is particularly imperative at this time as it is now more important than ever that we know who is taking part in the event.

Please note the following changes for the event and please read the codes of conduct below.
1.       As mentioned previously, the first change you will notice is the start time. Rather than a single start time for all runners, we are operating a pre-booking system with start times available in 5-minute slots, beginning at 8.00am and remaining available until the final slot at 10am. A maximum of twelve people will be able to begin the race in each slot – and each of those people will be allocated a place on the start line according to their anticipated finish time, with the fastest runner lining up on the front of the start line.
2.       Please arrive ready to run. There are no changing facilities and no facilities for left baggage – this is in line with UKA Guidelines. 
3.       A sterile area will be in force around the start line with strictly no access to anybody other than participants and race officials. Once you enter this area you will not be able to leave until your race begins. NO SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED WITHIN THIS STERILE AREA.
4.       Again, in line with UKA Guidelines, water, in sealed bottles, will be available at the finish and you will be required to collect it yourself from an unmanned water table – hand sanitiser and gloves will be available for you to use. There will be water stations which you can access on the route but you will need to help yourself to water. W
e are unable to provide our usual snacks but there will be individually wrapped chocolate bars and sweets. Please consider bringing your own nutrition and water with you, particularly if it is a warm day, you will be able to fill up your own bottle at the water stations.
5.       Again, in line with UKA Guidelines, no results, race prizes or awards will be available on the day. Results will be uploaded immediately to our website and emailed to participants on Monday 23rd November. Race and age group winners will receive a memento in the post after the event.
6.       There will be toilet facilities at the start / finish area and these will be sanitised regularly. There are also public toilets on route - please adhere to social distancing guidelines. Please play your part by washing your hands thoroughly and using hand sanitiser before and after use.  
7.       Hand sanitiser will be available – please use it regularly.
8.       You must maintain social distancing at all times – before, during and after the race. When overtaking another runner please be mindful of the space available. Please be aware that some members of the public may still be uneasy about seeing an organised event so they will require your understanding.
9.       Spectators are not encouraged to attend – but if they must do so, they should not congregate around the race start or finish areas.
10.   Once you finish your race please continue to walk through the finish funnel and return direct to your vehicle – do not wait for friends or family.
11.   Please read the Participants and Spectators Code of Conduct
  • On Site Parking
  • Toilets
  • Changing Facilities
  • Baggage Drop Off
  • Refreshments
The Course
This is a rare opportunity to run a marathon in Derbyshire with a 13.1 mile downhill finish! The race is an out and back race from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay along the traffic-free Tissington Trail. The route gently climbs uphill towards Parsley Hay before slightly downhill all the way back, so it's a great course for runners of all abilities and a fantastic introduction to the marathon distance for runners of all abilities.

Although the route is traffic-free, the trail will still be open to other trail users, including cyclists, walkers and horse-riders.

First Aid
Ambtrans Medical will be in attendance on the day and the course will be marshalled to provide assistance. Please note that due to the nature of the trail, it is not possible to provide contiuous supervision all along the course. Should you become unwell, you will be advised to alert a marshal, who will then arrange assistance for you. There will also be a sweep marshal following the race to ensure that nobody is left behind and that all runners are accounted for.
Your individual time and position will be recorded by your electronic chip. We will endeavour to display results as they come into the race centre. Prize giving and presentations will take place approximately 60 minutes after the first runner home.

Results will be uploaded to www.nice-work.org.uk as soon as possible after the race. All entrants that have supplied a valid and legible email address will receive a copy of the results as soon as possible after the race.
Race HQ: Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1AA

There is plenty of car parking in Ashbourne Town Centre and there is also a small car park at the Leisure Centre – please remember to pay the appropriate charge. Please also remember to follow directions to Ashbourne Leisure Centre for Race HQ (not the race start).

There are bus services available from Derby to Ashbourne Leisure Centre. 

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"What a wonderful event!! All the volunteers and supporters at the fuel stations were wonderful. Everyone was so supportive and positive! Very well done to the organisers and the people running the event today. Thanks for making it so enjoyable!"

- Tissington Marathon