Challenge and Compete
There and competition and challenges of varying lengths held all over the county, throughout the year.
Events and Challenges
A great way to keep yourself motivated and running longer term, is to set yourself personal goals, challenges, or enter an event that you know you need to keep training for.
Derbyshire is blessed with hundreds of running events of all distances, and for all abilities. Find an event that's a little way off, sounds like just enough of a challenge, and work towards it.
Once you've paid your entry fee, you're more likely to follow it through. Again, sign up to something with a friend, or with the family. You can encourage each other during the training, and on the day.
Click on our club and activity search, to find an event to suit you.
Jog Derbyshire estate runs
JOG Derbyshire organise trail runs at Kedlestone Hall and Longshaw Estate. These are a great way to explore new places, in a 'non-race' environment.
parkrun can give you a target to aim for.
parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.
These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and they encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; they welcome you all.
junior parkrun is a series of 2k runs for children aged between 4 and 14. They are held in areas of open space around the UK. They are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.
There are a few parkrun and junior parkrun events in Derbyshire, and just over our borders. We are keen to support local groups and clubs to develop more of these events, so please get in touch if you are keen to start one near where you live.
A closer look at parkrun
Hayley Lever, of Derbyshire Sport describes her weekend of run-based activity - and what it means to those involved.
It's all about running... or is it?
On Saturday 3 October 2015, I joined the second ever Glossop parkrun, as parkrun internationally celebrated it's 11th birthday. I then hot footed it to the school's cross country to watch our youngest daughter and friends testing themselves over the 1.5 km course, representing Chinley Primary School.
Finally, on Sunday 4th, I was a timekeeper at the inaugural Whaley Bridge Junior parkrun, where 65 children came together to complete the 2km course, 50 of whom were parkrun 'first timers'.
Reflecting on the weekend's activities and conversations, I was reminded over and over, that more often than not, sport is not so much about the activity itself, but so much more...
It was about a year ago that the organisers of Glossop and Whaley Bridge parkruns first decided that they wanted to bring these great events to their towns. Over the course of the year, they have fund raised, negotiated, cajoled, inspired and fought to achieve their vision.
Each has had to raise £3000, gain permission to use the parks, find a team of run directors, volunteers, and negotiate the red tape involved in getting started. Determination in bucket loads has seen them achieve their goal. How has the journey been?
On the eve of the first event, Whaley Bridge Event Director Caz, explains why has done it, and what it means to her...
"The challenge of setting up a junior parkrun gave me a new focus after losing my Mum last year... I volunteered to be Event Director because I knew it would push me and I decided it could be quite cathartic".
"Speaking in front of the Town Council and being a team leader were not things I ever thought I could do. I'm really enjoying seeing our amazing team get their teeth stuck into the organising, and having the other run directors to thrash out the details with.
"It's very exciting and scary, as we approach our inaugural run. I can't wait to see all the kids thundering round our little park though! I'll be so proud".
A happy finisher, Whaley Bridge junior parkrun.
Giving is Receiving
Giving up time, when life is busy, it hard to do. I remember someone saying to me when I went off to be a Games Maker at London 2012... "You're going to work for two weeks for free? You're mad". Little did they realise that it would be a life changing experience, that would go down as one of the best fortnights of my life.
Thousands of people give up their time every week to keep sport going in this county. At the three events I attended alone, there were probably over 50 people, donning the hi-viz, standing in the early morning autumn fog, to make other people's lives better. Why?? Life is busy enough.
Amanda explains why she's getting involved at Whaley Bridge..."since having children I've managed to really find a place in the local community, in no small part through volunteering at play groups and the school.
Whaley Bridge has an amazing community spirit...For me junior parkrun is another chance to embrace this. We have an amazing park, and lots of energetic kids; junior parkrun will be a chance for our children to enjoy our park, to hopefully discover the joy of running, to feel park of a wider community but also to understand the value of volunteering.
My six-year-old has run several times at Marple junior parkrun, but he loves marshalling too - and loves cheering on all the other kids. I really hope that lots of other children and parents get as much out of being part of the parkrun family as my family does".
Anna is a new convert to running... "I guess the reason I got involved was due to my relatively newfound passion for running. I lost a lot of weight in 2013 and signed up to the Manchester 10k to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and challenge myself - having never run in my life before!"
"The reason I'm so passionate about this venture is because I want children (including my children!) to find their inner runner earlier than I did! I think it is a wonderful community spirited event and will be an asset to our village.
"Reasons to help out are numerous! It's a great feeling being part of a team, the kids smiles are worth it on their own and hey, it looks really good on your CV!"
Volunteering is just as important as running.
Bringing together people from a town or school builds communities. It's clear to see that parkrun is a community in itself. The encouragement and friendly atmosphere, the cheering and the support - friendships will be made here.
As people come together each week, faces will become familiar. The online community will help to put names to faces, and the next time runners meet in the queue at the supermarket, or as they wait to get served in the pub, a connection will be made... a conversation will start... and the running community will spill over into daily life.
Watching the adults and kids struggle, puff and pant to get round the course, one could question the pleasure in this activity! There were tears and fears... what if I come last? I've got a stitch! Three laps? The first one felt hard enough!
My daughter, Anya, really struggled on her school cross country run. Getting over a bug, her legs felt like lead, and she knew she was trailing near the back. As she came up the hill and saw me there cheering, she broke down and cried. She took a deep breath though, pulled herself together and started to run again... and she was glad she finished. On the way home, she said "I know I can do better next time."
Leading the warm up in style!
Give it a try?
Next weekend, why not find your local parkrun or junior parkrun? If there isn't one near you, then why not start one? We're here to help, because you'd be helping us to get everyone active, enjoying sport and achieving their personal best.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll take it from there. This time next year, you could be donning the hi-viz yourself, and cheering as you help to make Derbyshire a happier, healthier place to live.
To keep up to date with running events, challenges and races, follow the following on facebook and twitter: JOG Derbyshire, Run England, Derby Runner, Fell Runners Association, Runners World magazine, Trail Running Magazine and many more.