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The Peak Rail 7 - Runner versus Steam

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Date and time

04:00 pm

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Event Location

Peak Rail, Rowsley South Station, Harrison Way, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, DE4 2LF

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Event Description

The Peak Rail 7 - 'Runner versus Steam'
4th September 2021 at 16.00
Matlock Athletic Club in conjunction with Peak Rail PLC are pleased to announce the details of the 2021 Peak Rail 7, our annual charity 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  Peak Rail 7 special service train will be reserved exclusively for runners supporters and will follow the regular 56 minute Peak Rail Rowsley/Matlock/Rowsley schedule, which includes stops in both directions at Darley Dale station together with a longer stop at the halfway point in Matlock. 
The scenic 7 mile course will see the runners racing on the White Peak Loop trail which runs from Rowsley to Matlock, and the close proximity of the Peak Rail track will give supporters on the train a number of prime photograpic opportunities. The course is almost exclusively off-road and provides excellent walking and cycling opportunities to supporters who wish to be more active in following the race
The entry fees are £13 EA/ARC affiliated and £15 if unattached plus booking fee. There is a limit of 275 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 plus new for 2021 male and female team prizes. It is online entry only through Bookitzone: This race will once again be the Matlock AC 'not for profit' event, all proceeds remaining after the costs of staging the race have been met will be donated to  local charitable causes or community projects. The surplus from the 2019 race led to Edale Mountain Rescue, Ashgate Hospice and the Derbyshirer Carers Association all receiving generous donations. 

Supporters train tickets are priced at £6.00pp, no charge for U3's The train has a capacity of 230 passengers and demand may exceed supply so train tickets need to be reserved in advance (after securing a place in the event) by booking direct on, Requests will initially be limited to 2 per runner. All rail tickets will need to be paid for on the day of the race when race numbers are collected.  For those in need of post-race refuelling Peak Rail offer a buffet service onboard their scheduled services, and food and refreshments can also be purchased from the Northwood Buffet at race HQ in Rowsley South station where there is  ample free car parking. 
Please note that securing a race entry does not guarantee  places on the train as we only have 230 seats to distribute
Minimum age is 16 on race day, and please note that in order to keep the race adjacent to the rail line for much of the route as possible there will be 3 flights of steps and a narrow footbridge that have to be negotiated and 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. Also we regret that due to public liability limitations on our race permit we will not be able to accept entries from runners wishing to be accompanied with their dog.


Peak Rail 7 - Runner versus Steam race details:

Date : 4th September 2021, race commences 16.00
Race Distance: 7 miles
Minumum Age: 16 on event date.
Entry Fee: £13 EA/ARC affiliated or £15 unattached + online booking fee
Race Limit: 275 

Refunds & Transfers: Unfortunately due to the small size of the race no refunds will be available unless in the event of a cancellation of the event. Transfers allowed up to 28/08/2021

Special Service Supporters Train Tickets: By request to, Initial applications limited to 2 per runner and payable on collection of your race number.



Event Terms

Please enter me for the above event. I accept that the organiser will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, cost or expenses which may arise in the consequence of my participation in or attendance to this event. I declare that I will not attend unless I am in good health on the day of the event and accept that I attend at my own risk. In the unlikely event of abandonment or cancellation, all or part of my entry fee may be retained for the management and administration of the event. No refunds allowed under any circumstances. Transfers allowed up to 28/08/2021

Further information from the Organiser

You should collect your race pack/number/item at the venue on the day of the event. Please arrive in good time.

Event Organiser

Name: James Thorneycroft

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The Peak Rail 7 - Runner versus Steam

Peak Rail, Rowsley South Station, Harrison Way, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, DE4 2LF

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