We have a number of tried and tested route options that you can choose from, with varying degrees of difficulty. Alternatively, we can put together something bespoke to suit you.
Although most of our runs are in or around Derbyshire, we have experience of putting runs together in many other parts of the UK. We are therefore happy to organise a guided run elsewhere for you for minimum additional cost.
The emphasis on these runs is enjoying the surroundings, so there will be opportunities to stop to enjoy the views, take photographs etc. The pace will not be fast and will be adjusted to suit the members of the group.
We are blessed to be based in Derbyshire, one of the best places on the whole planet to get out for a run. As well as the world famous Peak District National Park, we have a wealth of beautiful and historic places to enjoy. As well as a huge variety of spectacular landscapes, we have many historic towns, villages, country estates and stately homes all within running distance.
If you like running and the great outdoors, our guided runs are an ideal way to get out there and enjoy this wonderful area in the company of like minded people. We take away all the hassle of route planning and navigation, so you can just turn up with your kit and enjoy the run.
As well as scheduled runs that you can join, we can put 'on-demand' runs on specifically for individuals or groups. We also do workshops for those new to off-road running or wanting to improve their knowledge and skills.
Guided Trail & Fell Running Adventures
** IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFO **
All our group running activities are currently suspended due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. The schedule of runs will be reviewed once there is clear information on the lifting of restrictions.
Derbyshire Wayfarer Runs (& Peak District Ultra Recces)
The 'Wayfarer' Runs are fantastic days out running on the trails and fells, usually somewhere spectacular in or around the Peak District National Park, led by members of our experienced team of coaches and leaders.
As well as enjoying some great running and fantastic views, without the hassle of finding your own route, they're also great opportunity to pick up lots of tips and advice from our experts, who have many years of trail, fell and mountain running experience.
Distances and levels of difficulty varying to give options for everyone.
Wayfarer Lite runs are typically around 2 hours in duration and cover between 6 and 8 miles. So are ideal for those new to trail and fell running.
Standard Wayfarers Runs are usually 12 to 15-miles, with occasional longer runs which double as training/recce runs for our Peak District Ultra races (The Millstone 100, Limestone 50 & Peveril 33). There is usually an opportunity for one or two refreshments stops along the way on these runs, often at local public pubs or cafes.
Occasionally we organise an Extreme Wayfarer Run, which are either long in distance or involve and/or involve terrain that requires a higher level of fitness and mountain running experience.
How fit do you need to be?
The emphasis is on enjoying a socially paced run in spectacular surroundings, with stops along the way to enjoy the views and take photos. We ensure that nobody ever gets left behind. However, in fairness to other group members you do need to be able to run the distance advertised and not be phased by a few hills. A fast pace is not important though, and it's perfectly acceptable - and probably encouraged - to walk the tougher hills on the day.
As a rough guide you should be capable of running 10k in around 65 for Wayfarer Lite runs, and for longer runs you should be capable of covering a half marathon on flatter terrain in around 2hrs 10min, or a marathon within 4hrs 30min.
What kit do you need?
You will need to bring the following kit with you, as a minimum, and carry it with you during the run.
Off-road running shoes
Running clothes suitable for the weather conditions, plus additional warm layer for emergencies
Waterproof jacket, with hood and taped seams, and waterproof trousers*
Hat and gloves *
Water or energy drink (min 500ml)
Snacks and emergency food
Money (including some emergency backup funds, e.g. for taxi to finish).
Small back pack or bum-bag to carry items not being worn
* Requirements for some of these items may be relaxed on the day depending on the weather conditions.
70 pence of entry fees for Wayfarer Runs in the Peak District will be donated to the Peak District National Park Foundation to support the #70kfor70years campaign.
South Derbyshire / National Forest Evening Trail Runs
Weekday runs on the wonderful trails of at the southern end of Derbyshire and in the National Forest. Runners at all paces are catered for and we're particularly keen to welcome anyone new to off-road running. You just need to be capable of running the advertised distance continuously on flatter terrain (walking the tougher hills on the trails is perfectly acceptable).
Trail Therapy Runs
Our 'Trail Therapy' runs are a great way to improve your fitness, de-stress and have fun in wonderful surroundings. There are daytime and evening options, with sessions lasting around an hour; so covering between 6 & 8km at a relaxed pace.
There may be a few hills but don't let that put you off as there is no pressure on these non-competitive runs. Power hiking the steeper hills is perfectively acceptable.
Sessions are ideal for beginners who have built up to 5k continuous running and want to take the next steps on their running journey, while also being suitable for more experienced runners wanting some relaxed miles out on the trails in a friendly group environment.
Being led by our UK Athletics licensed coaches/run leaders, Trail Therapy runs provide an opportunity to pick their brains on all aspects of training. They're great for your mental health and there's often an opportunity to relax and socialise over a coffee or cold drink after the run.
Derby Runner Trail Runs
The Derby Runner and Peak Running are excited to be hosting a regular series of trail runs based from the Derby Runner’s shop in Spondon.
These will provide a great opportunity to discover some wonderful routes in local countryside with a friendly and supportive group.
You will be guided by the very experienced team of coaches and run leaders from Peak Running, who will be able to provide tips and advice on all things off-road; including hill technique, structuring training, route planning, navigation and much more.
Plus, the shop will be open exclusively for the group before and after the run, so you’ll have the chance to browse the wide range of kit, get advice on what is right for you and be eligible for some exclusive discounts.
These runs will be open to runners of all abilities, but we particularly welcome those that are new to off-road running. All we ask that you’re capable of running the advertised distance; your pace isn’t important. If under 16, parent/guardian should contact us in advance to discuss suitability.
Trail & Fell Running Workshops
On-Demand Guided Runs
We organise 'on-demand' runs to suit individuals or groups at times to suit you (subject to guide runner availability).
Below are details of some of the options we offer. Plus we can put on totally bespoke runs if you want something different.
We use a simple grading system to give you an idea of the difficulty of the routes we use for our running adventures, in terms of the gradients and underfoot conditions.
Some gentle but runnable hills for anyone with a moderate level of fitness.
Some short sections with steep gradients but generally good underfoot conditions.
Some challenging hills and underfoot conditions, with rock, mud etc.
Challenging gradients and underfoot conditions. Some sections are difficult to run and there may be some scrambling.
Off-Road Taster Sessions
If you want to venture off-road for the first time or develop your skills for off-road running, our Taster sessions may be just what you’re looking for.
The kind of terrain can be whatever you choose, ranging from the local park or to cross-country trails through to remote mountain areas.
The service includes helping to plan a route suitable to your needs and level of fitness, advice on kit, etc., and an experienced off-road runner to accompany you during the run itself. Along the way we will do the route finding (or teach you how to do it), and provide practical advice and information to help you build the confidence to head out there on your own.
We can arrange these for individuals, couples or small groups of up to 5 people.
Location and timing of these sessions can be flexible to meet your needs. However, if we need to travel an excessive distance from our base in Derbyshire, it may incur an additional cost.
Under 18’s must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a parent or guardian.
1 hour run:
£40 (+£5 for each additional runner)
Half day, up to 3 hours:
£70 (+10 for each additional runner)
Full day, up to 6 hours:
£100 (+£15 for each additional runners)
The times shown are inclusive of sufficient breaks along the way to suit your level of fitness.