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The 2025 Peak Rail 7 - Runner versus Steam

Date and time

09:30 am

Event Enquiries

Tel.: 07789 262960

Event Location

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

Event ID#


Peak Rail 7 Logo

Event Description

The Peak Rail 7 - 'Runner versus Steam'
21 April 2025 at 09.30am

Matlock Athletic Club in conjunction with Peak Rail PLC are pleased to announce the details of the 2025 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 take approximately 53 minutes to travel the return journey from Rowsley to Matlock, which includes stops in both directions at Darley Dale station together with a longer stop at the halfway point in Matlock. The event provides runners with an exciting cat and mouse race, usually being overtaken by the train shortly after the start, but with runners passing the train at the station stops before being overtaken again as the train steams by with supporters on board.

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 £18 EA/ARC affiliated and £20 if unattached (both including booking fee). There is a limit of 250 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 'team versus steam'  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. Since the introduction of the event to our race calendar, we are delighted to have donated over £13,000 to charities.

The train has a capacity of 230 passengers and demand may exceed supply so train tickets need to be purchased in advance (after completing the race entry) by booking on this link:
All rail tickets will need to be paid for in advance and tickets collected at registration by giving the RUNNERS NAME. 
For those in need of post-race refuelling Peak Rail offer food and refreshment 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 finite seats to distribute. Similarly, purchase of a train ticket does not guarantee an entry to the race!
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 : 21 April 2025, race commences 09.30am
Race Distance: 7 miles
Minumum Age: 16 on event date.
Entry Fee: £18 EA/ARC affiliated or £20 unattached
Race Limit: 250

Deferrals: Deferrals will not be available to the 2026 or any future years event..

Refunds & Transfers:

We will allow refunds up until 31 March 2025. Please note that we cannot refund the booking fee paid to process your original entry. After this date, transfers will be permitted up to 17th April 2025.
If you require a refund, email and include the following information:

RACE NAME: 2025 Runner vs Steam
Refund(s) required for: [FULL NAME(S)]

This event closes in:

on 17/04/2025 at 09:00pm
(*subject to change without warning)

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. We will allow refunds up until 31 March 2025. Please note that we cannot refund the booking fee paid to process your original entry.
After this date, transfers will be permitted up to 17 April 2025.
If you require a refund, email and include the following information:

RACE NAME: 2025 Runner vs Steam
Refund(s) required for: [FULL NAME(S)]

Event Options

**NOTE: Prices shown below include booking fees. Nothing extra will be added at the checkout.**

Options Age Restrictions Price Start time Maximum event entries

Date 21/04/2025 Number of people registered via BookitZone (includes offline count) - 66

Event limit: 250 places
(Select an option above first)

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: Andy Mellor

Link to events website:

  • Peak Rail 7 Logo
  • Matlock AC
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The 2025 Peak Rail 7 - Runner versus Steam

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

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