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A different kind of Trail Race 

Saturday 17th March 2018, 9am

coming to South Derbyshire 

From Ticknall Village Hall

Event Details


(+£2 for unaffiliated)

(+£2 for payment on the day)

The Mystery Tour consists of::

Part 1: A guided trail run of about 8 miles around some wonderful trails in the South Derbyshire countryside,

immediately followed by;

Part 2: race around the same 8 mile route.

The route will be a complete mystery before setting off for Part 1.

What’s the point? may ask!

Well.......... it’s an opportunity to:

  • Socialise with our team and your fellow runners while we run the route at a pace that is comfortable for everyone

  • Enjoy this wonderful area, not once, but twice!

  • Take part in a self navigation race with the advantage of knowing where you’re going; assuming you paid attention first time around

  • Do a long run, with negative splits; something that is great training if you’ve got a spring marathon or other long event coming up.


How will it work?

The first lap will be led by our team of experienced trail runners, who will show you the route and point out any key points to remember. The group will be split into pace groups as necessary, but the emphasis will be on running at a comfortable pace, enjoying the surroundings and views along the way.

You’ll be provided with a map of the route, to help you navigate the second time around. There will also be the option to run with one of our guides again too, if you are nervous about navigating/remembering the route. The guide(s) will run at a pace that is comfortable for everyone in their group though, so don’t expect to be paced to a race victory.

Kit requirements

For the entire event you’ll need to wear or carry the following:

  • Off-road shoes (trail or fell)

  • Map (provided)

  • Mobile phone (charged and switched on)

  • Waterproof jacket*

  • Hat*

  • Gloves*

  • Any food and drink you may need

*These items may be relaxed depending on the weather forecast for the day.


More questions?

See our FAQ section below or, if you can't find what you're looking for there, email us at or by using the contact form below.

There is a limit of 100 runners.

Entries on the day will be subject to availability. 

Competitors must be aged 18 or above on the day of the race.

To enter: 


providing the following information:

1. Full Name

2. Date of Birth

3. Gender

4. Club name, or state unaffiliated

5. UK Athletics Registration or TRA Membership Number (if applicable)

We will then contact you to confirm your place and provide details of how to make payment. 

Advanced entries will close at 12;00 noon on 16th March.

Entries will be available on the day subject to reaching our limit.

Transfers and Refunds

A 75% refund is available up to one month before the race, in the event of the participant withdrawing. 


You may transfer your number to another runner free of additional charge. However, this must be agreed with us in advance and the details of the replacement  runner (as specified in the box above) provided by the original applicant.

Use of somebody else's number, without arranging the transfer with us, is NOT allowed..

Categories and prizes

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

1st Male

1st Female

Plus additional 'mystery' prizes.

On the day

Registration will take place between 8:30 and 9am.

The event will start at 9:15am when we will set out for the guided lap

At the end of the guided lap there will be a short break to allow participants to use the toilet, refill water bottles etc., prior to the start of the second competitive lap

Afterwards, hot drinks, squash and light refreshments will be available.

Prizes will be presented as soon as possible after winners of each category have finished. 

Race Permit

The race will take place in accordance with UK Athletics rules, under a Permit Number issued through the Trail Running Association. Permit number [applied for].


Race Venue

The race venue is Ticknall Village Hall on Ingleby Road, Ticknall.

The post code is DE73 7JW.

Car parking is available at the hall and there is on street parking along Ingleby Road and elsewhere within the village.  Please park sensibly and car share where possible. DO NOT park on Chapel Street.

If parking at the village hall, we encourage you to make a small donation (e.g. £1) in the wall slot, which goes towards maintenance of an asset which is used frequently by many local runners and walkers

Please respect the area, do not drop any litter and be respectful to local residents.

Toilets are available both outside and inside the village hall. Please do not use adjacent fields and hedges.

Whilst warming up / cooling down please stick to public areas and rights of way. 


Race Headquarters: Ticknall Village Hall



Results available here


Frequently Asked Questions

What's the route?

Haha, good one!

Do I need off-road running experience?

No, we welcome newcomers to trail running.

But you do need to know what to expect. There will be hills, there will be some tricky underfoot conditions and most likely some mud. 

Can I just do the first, guided, lap?


Can I just race the second lap?

No. Part of the challenge is distance, so you'd have an advantage.

Will the route be marked?


Will there be water / feed stations on the route?

No. Part of the challenge of trail running is being self-sufficient, so you'll need to carry what you need on each lap. There will be time to grab a drink and/or some food between laps though.

What will the weather be like?

There temperature is unlikely to be warmer than 20C or colder than -10C. The sky may be clear, it may be cloudy, or it could be foggy. There's a chance that water or ice may fall from the sky.

Will I get lost?

It's possible on the second 'race' lap, if you don't pay attention first time round or follow the map. If you're nervous about this, you can always run with one of our guides or run with a friend and share the responsibility. 

What will the pace be on the first lap?

It will be a pace that's comfortable for you. We will split into different groups as necessary but faster runners shouldn't expect guides to set a fast pace. 

What will the underfoot conditions be like?

If you can think of it, you’ll probably experience it. There’s likely to be grass, mud, tree routes, rocks and even a little bit of tarmac (but don't expect too much of the latter). 

Will it be hilly?

Quite possibility. 

What kit will I need?

See above.

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