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Plus Enjoying Derbyshire Walk, and children's activities

Sunday 12th July 2020, 10am


Check out the video from our 2018 race here

"Still remains my favourite ever race. Can't wait to do it again" Fiona 

"It's my new favourite event!! Love the fact there's no pressure, and walking isn't frowned upon" Laurie

"Now done all 3 and recommend to all my friends. It's the highlight of the running year" Peter


IMPORTANT: Update as of 12th May 2020

Sadly, after very careful consideration, we have to announce that Brooksie’s Bash trail race will not take place as planned this year. 

Whilst this is extremely disappointing for all involved, I’m sure you’ll appreciate that it is unavoidable given the current situation with the coronavirus. 

Particularly as it’s become clear that strict social distancing measures will remain in place for the next few months at least, and they would be impractical to maintain at an event of this nature.

For us the “Bash”, which was our original event, has always been about more than just the ‘race’ element though. 

It’s also about encouraging runners of all abilities to enjoy running on the fantastic trails of South Derbyshire, about promoting the mental – as well as physical – benefits of running in beautiful places, and for supporting local people with their mental health by fundraising for our chosen charity, Derbyshire Mind.

Plus, if you know the history of the race, you'll know that it started life as a favourite training route that Brooksie has been running on his own since time immemorial. 

We’ve therefore been thinking hard about how we can still achieve some of those wider aims for the Bash this year, and have come up with the idea of the “Personal Bash” – an event where everyone gets to do a PB!.

We’re still working on some of the finer details, but the idea is to give people the option to run the race route (or their own off-road route with equivalent distance and elevation) on a day/time of their choice between 12th June and 11th July, and submit evidence of their run.

We’d then publish the results and celebrate everyone’s achievements at an on-line gathering on 12th July, which was the original date for the race. With prizes awarded in various categories, not just to who’s quickest. 

All participants will receive a memento and a proportion of their entry fees will go to Derbyshire Mind.

UPDATE: 14th May 2020

An email has now been sent to all existing participants with more information, and details of your options should you not wish to participate in the alternative format.  If you have a race entry and have not received the email please check your junk/spam folder and if not there get in touch with us via

We have had a number of enquires from people without entries asking if it possible to enter the 'Personal Bash'. We do plan to allow this and will be releasing details of how to enter shortly. 

Race Details

Brooksie's Bash is a trail race covering 10 country miles in a beautiful part of South Derbyshire, starting and finishing  in the grounds of the spectacular Foremarke  Hall.

As well as the main 10-mile race, there is also a 5k race, and family friendly walk held in conjunction with the Derbyshire Mind 'Enjoying Derbyshire' project.  In addition, following their success in previous years, there will be some fun activities for all the family alongside the races. 

Our mission is to provide a good value event which is challenging but suitable for all abilities from the recreational runner looking for their next challenge to experienced racers. The event is a fundraiser for local charity, Derbyshire Mind, so you will also be contributing to a great cause.

If you haven't taken part in an off-road event before it is a great opportunity to come and have a go in a friendly and supportive environment...

Guided category in the 10-mile race.

We are offering this option at no additional charge to anyone who is apprehensive about the distance, their pace, or running off-road in a new environment. They will be accompanied by one our experienced trail runners acting as guide.  The guide(s) will run at a pace that is comfortable for everyone in their group, rather than pacing anyone to a good time.  To request this option please email us at or use the contact form below..

Technical T-Shirts as an optional extra.

As part of our aim to provide a good value event, we are keen to keep the race entry fee low. But, because we know race t-shirts are popular, we are offering a high quality Brooksie's Bash technical shirt as an optional extra. These can be purchased, as part of the entry process for any entry submitted before 12th June 2020, for £15. 

On the day

On the day race numbers can be collected from Registration at Foremarke Hall between 08:00 and 09:30. Please try and arrive in plenty of time..

Free car parking is available on site but is limited so car sharing is encouraged.

The 10 Mile race will start at 10:00 and the 5k shortly afterwards.

The award ceremony will take place at approximately 12:00 and will include some special categories and spot prizes, in additional to the usual awards for winners and categories. 

Catering will be available on site.

10 Mile Race


(+£2 for unattached)

Transfers close on 8th July 2020. There will be no entries or transfers on the day.

A waiting list will NOT be operated..

To purchase optional T-Shirt, entries must be submitted before 12th June 2020

Competitors must be aged 17 or above on the day of the race.

Dogs not permitted under UK Athletics Rules.

5k Race


(+£2 for unattached)

Transfers close on 8th July 2020. There will be no entries or transfers on the day.

A waiting list will NOT be operated..

To purchase optional T-Shirt, entries must be submitted before 12th June 2020

Competitors must be aged 12 or above on the day of the race.

Dogs not permitted under UK Athletics Rules.

5k Walk


Enter on the day.

Participants under 12 years old must be accompanied throughout their run/walk by an adult (18+)

Refunds & Transfers

A full refund is available up to two months before the race and a 70% refund up to one month before, in the event of the participant withdrawing. However, all refunds will be minus any admin charge incurred by us from the entry processing company:


You may transfer your number to another runner free of additional charge. This must be done by the original entrant using the transfer option ( on the entry website no later than 8th July 2020. Use of somebody else's number, without formally arranging the transfer  is NOT allowed..

Race Permit

The race will take place in accordance with UK Athletics rules, under Permit Number 3277 issued through the Trail Running Association.

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Race Route

The start and finish area are in front of the main hall at Foremarke. From the start the race will do a short loop within the school grounds before leaving along the track to the west. It will then consist of a single anti-clockwise loop via Ticknall and Staunton Harold Reservoir, before arriving back into the school grounds from the east. 

The vast majority of the route is on unsurfaced footpaths and bridleways. However, there are some short sections of road (about half a mile in total) and a small number of other road crossings. 

The advertised distances of 10 miles and 5km has been measured by GPS enabled watch, so therefore can only be considered approximate. Due to the off-road nature of the route it is not practical to have an officially measured and certified distance. 


The 5k course takes in part of the route used by the 10-mile race. Most of it is on unsurfaced footpaths but there is a short section of road (about 250 yards long) in the second half. 

There are a variety of underfoot conditions and hazards such as uneven surfaces, tree roots, rocks, mud and wooden surfaces on stiles. Participants must  take care not to trip or slip, particularly if surfaces are wet.  

5k Race & Walk


Guided Training Runs

One of our objectives for Brooksie's Bash is to make it doable for runners at all levels. We particularly want to encourage people that haven’t competed off-road before to come and discover the joys of running on the wonderful networks of trails we have in South Derbyshire.

For this reason, we will be putting on a series of guided training runs in the area in the lead up to the race itself, starting in mid-April. These, which have proved very popular, will make the most of the increasing hours of daylight in the evenings, so not to infringe on your weekends. They will take in parts of the race route and distances will start at around 5k (3 miles). They’ll be led by qualified coaches / run-leaders, who will also be able to give advice on training etc., and be geared to suit all running paces.

The cost of each run is just £4 and they are FREE for any of our volunteers who will be marshalling or carrying out other duties on race day.  

The dates are shown below.

Please note the meeting point for training runs will be the car park next to Ticknall Village Hall (7 Rose Ln, Ticknall, DE73 7JW) NOT the race venue, Foremarke Hall.

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Meeting place:

Ticknall Village Hall


Race Venue

The race starts and finishes in the spectacular grounds of Foremarke Hall School, near Milton, South Derbyshire. The post code is DE65 6EJ.  If driving, please enter the school grounds via the main entrance through the stone gateway. Do not use the unsurfaced track along the western side of the school.

Be aware that there are private residences within the school grounds. Please do not block access and avoid unnecessary noise. 



2016 Results








Derbyshire Mind

Once again the event will raise funds for local charity Derbyshire Mind, to help them support people affected by mental health issues.


Their team will be on-site throughout the day to support the event and pass on their appreciation for your efforts in raising funds by participating. 

Running and Mental Health

One of the reasons for supporting Derbyshire Mind is that we're passionate about the benefits exercise can contribute to a person's mental health.

Research has shown that running, and other kinds of physical exercise, have a positive impact on mental health. This is leading to more and more health professionals prescribing exercise to people experiencing mental health problems, instead of or alongside medication or talking treatments.

As well as releasing natural endorphins that make us feel good, using running to get fit and achieve personal goals, is a great way to improve confidence and self-esteem. Doing it as part of a club or group gets people out in the fresh air, which also has a positive impact on mood, and helps to make new friends in a supportive atmosphere.

Funds raised by the race go directly to the 'Enjoying Derbyshire' project, which gets people out and about gaining from these benefits in various parts of Derbyshire 

Meet Alice, Our Race Ambassador

Alice enjoyed the first edition of the race in 2016 so much, last year she stayed up late to make sure she got entry number 1.  

Discovering running a few years ago has played a massive part in helping her manage her own mental health, and we hope that her story will inspire others to do the same. Click on the links below to read her blog.

Part I - HERE.

Part II - HERE



Sponsors and Supporters

The Derby Runner is a specialist running store, catering for all levels of running, ranging from jogging for fitness to serious marathon running, and from track and field athletics to fell running.

Rob Jefferies and his team at the shop, are a key part of the local running community, and provide a great deal of help and support which is vital to the success of Brooksie's Bash, and our ability to maximise the funds we raise for Derbyshire Mind.  As well as visible things like the use of the start/finish arch and other equipment, they provide a lot of other support and advice behind the scenes.

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