10 MILE TRAIL RACE
Plus 5k Enjoying Derbyshire Fun Run & Walk, and children's Gnome Roam
Sunday 16th July 2017, 10am
In aid of
all in a good cause
"Still remains my favourite ever race. Can't wait to do it again" Fiona
"Fantastic run, brilliant marshals, lovely scenery, I really hope this becomes an annual event :-)" Vicki
"Love this part of the country so travelled down from Macclesfield and wasn't disappointed - a cracking event" Colin
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. 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.
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. All profits from the event are donated to local charity, Derbyshire Mind, so you will also be contributing to a great cause.
As well as the main race, there is also a family friendly Fun Run and Walk of approximately 5 kilometres, held in conjunction with Derbyshire Mind's 'Enjoying Derbyshire' project. The 5k provides a great opportunity to take part and enjoy the countryside in a slightly less strenuous way.
In addition we are planning some other activities as part of Derbyshire Mind's 50th Year Anniversary celebrations, including a children's Gnome Roam, details of which can be found here.
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 Fun Run / Walk 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, although full details are not yet confirmed.
10 Mile Race
(+£2 for unattached)
Transfers close on 14th July 2017. There will be no entries or transfers on the day.
Competitors must be aged 18 or above on the day of the race.
5k Fun Run/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 50% refund up to one week before, in the event of the participant withdrawing. However, all refunds will be minus the admin charge incurred by us from the entry processing company:
You may transfer your number to another runner free of additional charge. However, this must be agreed with us in advance and the replacement runner must complete an entry form. Use of somebody else's number, without arranging the transfer with us, is NOT allowed..
The race will take place in accordance with UK Athletics rules, under Permit Number 908 issued for through the Trail Running Association.
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 distance of 10 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.
The fun run and walk takes in part of the route used by the main 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.
Fun Run and 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’re planning a series of guided training runs in the area in the lead up to the race itself, starting in mid-April. These 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.
Book your places HERE or (if viewing on a desktop) using the links below. The cost of each run is just £2 if you have entered the race or £3 for anyone else, payable on the night. They are FREE for any of our volunteers who will be marshalling or carrying out other duties on race day.
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.
Ticknall Village Hall
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.
Once again all profits from the event will go to 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. It will be extra special this year as the charity is celebrating its 50 Year Anniversary.
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.
Proceeds from 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 Amaris, Our Race Ambassador
Amaris enjoyed last year's race so much, she stayed up late to make sure she got entry number 1 this year.
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
Lubrizol is proud to sponsor Brooksie’s Bash 2017. Derbyshire Mind is Lubrizol’s chosen charity 2017/18 and we are delighted that so many people support this cause.
Both Lubrizol and Derbyshire Mind will work to raise awareness of mental health issues throughout Derbyshire, and hope to better the lives of thousands of people.
Lubrizol, which employs 350 employees at it’s Hazelwood site to develop and test the latest generation performance additives, and carry out world-leading research in the heart of the Amber Valley.
In 2017 Lubrizol is celebrating 70 years in Hazelwood and there are exciting times ahead for the business helping Derbyshire to be recognized across the word as a Centre for Excellence.
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.
The Hideaway is an independent coffee shop and tea room that use a blend of coffee beans to a specific flavour profile ensuring a quality drink every time.
They are looking after the post-race hydration needs of our participants by providing bottles of mineral water at the finish line.