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5 Miles (7.6km)

The Lydford Dash is approximately 5 miles in length over undulating ground incorporating rough fields, rough tracks, two river crossings with stepping stones and a bridge, a gravel track and about 250 yards (193 meters) on tarmac, (virtually traffic free) and then across a beautiful common incorporating some of the best views of the moors and the village of Lydford beyond.

The Route

The run is a figure of eight so you will repeat the start/finish and there is a water station situated on both the inward and outward leg should it be required.

The run covers some land which we have kindly been given special permission to use so our thanks go the landowners involved. There is a nice downward hill but also obviously an uphill section but the views at the top are worth the climb.

>Click here for a copy of the route.

SATURDAY 13th JULY 2019 12:30 START

2019 results here

2018 results here

2017 results here



5 mile cross country route, marked and marshalled in places.

Water station along the route. The terrain may be wet, rough, boggy or slippery.



All participants to report to the registration desk from 11:00 on the day. Registration will close at 12:15. The run will start at 12:30 prompt at Lydford Sports field. Entries on the day will be accepted providing space is still available.


The Event:

This will be a timed cross country run with separate categories for first Male/Female to finish and V40, V50 and V60. Prizes for first place winners and a Lydford Dash Memento for all participants.


Start Time 12:30pm Any runners who have not reported and completed registration by 12:15 will not be able to participate.



The cost of the run per person is £8 (with entrance before the 10th July) or £10 on the day, (cheque or cash only and providing spaces are available).


Race numbers etc. will be distributed on the day itself, so please arrive in plenty of time prior to the start.


Entrance and Payment:

Online entry is available, please complete the form as requested and report to the registration desk on the day. Entries on the day will be permitted providing there is still space available.  


Rules and Regs:

No dogs on the run please, and no headphones.

Please understand that you will be running on private land, (so please respect the land owners property at all times), as well as on public bridleways (horses and bikes) and footpaths, (walkers etc), as well as approximately 250 yards on a very quiet but narrow country lane.

Please respect other users at all times.


Running at your own risk and the Race Organisers decision is final at all times.


Open to runners 16 years and over as of 13th July 2019.


The run is organised in conjunction with The Fell Runners Association.


Health issues:

While we will ensure the course is safe it is your responsibility to ensure you are suitably fit, injury free and appropriately equipped before beginning the race. If in doubt get advice from a doctor.




If you have any further quarries or questions contact:






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