10 MILE TRAIL RACE
18th July 2021
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
Brooksie's Bash Race Update - replaced with the "Personal Bash" in 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.
If you had an entry for the race, you should have received an email with details of your options. If you have a race entry and have not received the email please check your junk/spam folder or download it here. Please email us via email@example.com by 20th May 2020 to confirm which option you wish to take or if you have any questions.
The "PERSONAL BASH"
For us, the “Bash” has always been about more than just the ‘race’ element. It’s about encouraging runners of all abilities to enjoy running on the trails in beautiful places, 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.
We therefore thought hard about how we can still achieve some of those wider aims for the race this year, remain engaged with the runners and encourage people to have an enjoyable run out on the trails.
The idea we’ve come up with is the “Personal Bash”.
To take part you will run either the race route or your own off-road route with equivalent distance and elevation (10-mile / 800 feet) on a day/time of your choice between 12th June and 11th July 2020, and provide us with details of your run.
We’ll then publish the results and celebrate everyone’s achievements at an on-line gathering on 12th July; the original date for the race. Prizes will be awarded in various categories, not just to who’s quickest.
Participants will receive the following:
1. An event memento: “Personal Bash” branded bandana posted to you.
2. Personal race number posted to you with your bandana, incorporating a discount voucher for the Derby Runner shop.
3. Route information for the Brooksie’s Bash course, including written instructions, gpx file and ‘RunGo’ link (which provides verbal directions).
4. Inclusion in published race results (optional).
5. Potential to win a prize.
6. The opportunity to support the great work that Derbyshire Mind do.
More details of the format of the event and guidelines for taking part are available HERE
Original 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...
Download gpx file HERE
Download route description HERE
You can start and finish at any point on the route and go either way around.
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 10.2 miles 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.
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
Part III - 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.