The Starlight Trails  Relay Series

the relays with a twist

Race #1

Shipley Park

7pm Thursday 

4 November 2021


Race #2

Markeaton Park

7pm Thursday

2 December 2021


Race #3

Calke Park

7pm Thursday

6 January 2022


The ever popular Starlight Trails Relays are back for the 2021-22 series.

They are an exciting series of off-road relay races, with a twist. They will be in the dark, with runners using head-torches to illuminate their way on the trails. 

At each event teams will run 4 legs of 2 'country' miles but the courses will vary in difficulty.

The routes will be entirely off-road and use a variety of terrain, including hard-packed paths, woodland trails and grass. They will be well marked and have marshals at key points.

Team relays are renowned for creating a great atmosphere and being lots of fun for runners of all levels. So, with the added exhilaration of running at night, these races are really exciting. 

The overall number of teams in each event will be limited, so please register early to guarantee your place. There will be no entries on the day.


Full Series: £75 per team

Single Event: £30 per team

Prices based on UKA/TRA Affiliated Runners paying in advance on-line.


Unaffiliated Runners: +£2 per runner per race

Minimum Ages: Team Captain = 18, Team Members = 16 

Entry Process

1. Team Captain (or Club/Group Co-Ordinator) purchases entry using the link below (details of team members not required at this stage). Note: The system will apply the unaffiliated supplements by default. If some or all of your team are UKA/TRA affiliated use the discount coupon codes shown below to remove the supplements.  

2. Team Captain to complete Team Declaration Form with full details of individual team members (including UKA/TRA affiliation numbers where applicable) and running order at least 72 hours (3-days) prior to each race. A link to the Team Declaration Form will be emailed to Team Captains.

Discount Coupon Codes for UKA/TRA Affiliated Runners

If your team contains runners that are UK Athletics Affiliated or Trail Running Association members apply one of the following discount coupon before pressing the 'Pay Now' button to avoid paying unaffiliated supplements. Note: You will need to provide runners' UKA/TRA numbers on the Team Declaration Form prior to the race.

1 x UKA/TRA Affiliated Runner: Coupon Code = STR01-AFFx1

2 x UKA/TRA Affiliated Runners: Coupon Code = STR01-AFFx2

3 x UKA/TRA Affiliated Runners: Coupon Code = STR01-AFFx3

4 x UKA/TRA Affiliated Runners: Coupon Code = STR01-AFFx4


Single event entries for Race #2 and #3 now open.

Teams, Rules and Prizes

Individual Teams

Team can be entered in the following categories:

  • Male

  • Female

  • Mixed (at least 2 legs completed by females)

Prizes will be awarded at each event to the first team in each category. 


Team Captains can change their team members or category of team anytime until declaring their finalised team 72 hours (3 days) before the event.

Teams with less than 4 runners may compete, with individual runners completing more than one leg. 


Solo runners will be classified as a Male or Female Team.

At each event individual runners are not permitted to represent more than one team.

Best Performing Teams in the Series

There will also be a prize for the Best Performing Team in the whole series for each category.


To be eligible a team is only allowed to use substitute runners (in the event of the original team members from race #1 being unavailable) on a maximum 1 leg in subsequent races, and must compete in the same category at each event.

Club Competition

A trophy will be awarded to the Best Performing Club in the series. This will be based on a points system, with the 3 best performing teams across the categories (male/female/mixed) scoring for each club.  


To be eligible to score points teams must be made up of UKA affiliated members of the same running club and all be wearing club attire.

On the Night

At each event final registration and race number collection will take place between 5:45 and 6:45pm.  

There may be a short walk to the starting point, so please try and arrive in plenty of time as races will start at 7pm sharp.

All races will be "plastics free" in line with our environmental policies. Water will be provided in the transition/finish areas but participants will need to bring their own drinking vessel (cup or bottle).  


In the registration and start/finish area will have safeguards in place to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission. This will include provision of hand sanitiser and organising the area to avoid close contact for prolonged periods. Full details will be provided in the race day instructions for each event. 

Race Venues

Event #1: Shipley Park

This season's series kicks off at Shipley Park near Heanor. Post Code  DE75 7GX

Parking: Available in the main Shipley Park car park located at the end of Slack Lane.

Toilets: Toilets are available in the park.

Registration: Within the Shipley Park Visitor Centre.

Start/Finish: Open area of the park adjacent to Visitor Centre.

Race Route: A 2-ish mile loop within the park, which includes some hills and, almost certainly, some mud!.

Event #2: Markeaton Park

The season continues at Markeaton Park in Derby. Post Code DE22 4AA

Parking: Available in the main Markeaton Park car park which is accessed via the main park entrance off Markeaton Island (junction of A38/A52). 

Toilets: There will be no toilets available within the park. Nearest are the services at Markeaton Island.

Registration: Peak Running gazebo located next to the car park.

Start/Finish: Adjacent to registration.

Race Route: The route is within the perimeter of the park and is on a combination of grass, woodland trails and some short sections of tarmac. It is the least hilly of the three events, but don't expect it to be completely flat.

Event #3: Calke Abbey

For the series finale, we move over to the spectacular Calke Abbey in South Derbyshire. Post Code DE73 7LE 

Parking: Car parking is available in the main car park at Calke Abbey. A small charge will be made per vehicle (except National Trust members)

Toilets: Toilets are available in the park.

Registration: Peak Running gazebo adjacent to the car park.

Start/Finish: Adjacent to car park.

Race Route: The route is completely within Calke Park, with some of it across private land that we have special permission to use. Underfoot there is a combination of purpose made hard-packed trails, woodland tracks and grass, some of which is long and/or uneven.  As well as some nice downhill stretches, there are some cheeky climbs.   

Your Questions Answered

Do I need a head-torch or will a hand-held do?

A head-torch with a good level of lumens is required, although a chest-torch is also okay. A hand-held torch isn’t appropriate for this kind of event from a safety point of view. PLEASE check your head/chest-torch is working prior to the day and ensure you have well charged/spare batteries.

We have a mixed team but only 1 female, can we still take part?

Yes, but to count as a mixed team at least 2 legs at each event must be completed by the female member of the team. It is okay for a team of 3 males and 1 female member to run one leg each but in this case you would be categorised as a male team.

Do you have to be a member of a club to run?

No, anyone over 16 can run (Team Captains must be 18 or over). We just have to charge a £2 supplement for unaffiliated runners (per person per event) in accordance with UK Athletics Rules.

I would like to run but don’t have a team as yet. Can you help me find a team?

We are happy for you to post in the Peak Running Community Facebook Group ( )
to seek team members. Other Facebook groups that you’re a member of may also be useful too.

Do we need to have 4 people in a team or can team members run more than one leg?

You can have anything up to 4 members in a team and can decide between yourself who runs which leg(s). However, you will need to tell us exactly who is running which leg prior to race day. Also, if you are a mixed team, remember that at least 2 legs need to be run by a female member of the team.

Are there any time limits to complete a leg or the whole race?

No. However, we will monitor progress closely on the night and, if we anticipate that any teams will take significantly longer than 90 minutues to complete the race, may (at our discretion) allow runners in the latter legs the opportunity to start prior to their preceding runners finishing, and adjust their team’s overall time accordingly. This is to avoid individuals becoming isolated out on the course in the dark with no other runners around. We will agree this with relevant teams on the night as the race progresses.

Do all members of the team need a head-torch?

Everyone needs to run with one, but it is acceptable to share and hand it over at the transition. Bear in mind the transition area and the route to and from it will be dark though. It’s therefore recommended that you have more than one and/or a back-up means of seeing to change batteries if necessary.

A number of people in our club want to run but we haven’t sorted out who is in which team yet. Can we reserve places in the meantime?

We are happy for someone to act as coordinator for a club and enter a number of teams under their name. We don’t need to know the finalised team members until a few days before each event.

If we take part in the series can we change team members after the first event?

Yes but it's important to remember that to count as the same team, and be eligible to be part of the Best Performing Teams in the Series compeition, you are only allowed to use substitute runners (in the event of the original team members from race #1 being unavailable) on a maximum 1 leg in subsequent races, and must compete in the same category at each event.

Also, any changes to the line up must be submitted in the Team Declaration Form at least 72 hours prior to each race.

We’re doing the first event but some of the team cannot commit to the others yet. If we enter them later would we still count in the series?

Yes you can, you just wouldn’t get the series discount. Bear in mind though, that we can’t guarantee a place in the later events if they reach the capacity in their own right. It may also be worth noting that you can change some team members for latter events, but there is a limit on the number of substitutes you can use.

Are the events at Markeaton and Shipley around the parkrun courses


What kind of shoes should I wear?

Trail or fell shoes are recommended for all the events. Even at Markeaton, you may find it hard to get traction in places with road shoes, especially if the ground is wet.

What is the minimum age to run?

16, although Team Captains must be at least 18.

Do all team members need to be from the same club?

No. You wouldn’t be eligible for points in the Club Competition but you could still win on the night or be the best performing team in the series. That said, we’re keen to have plenty of teams made up of people from the same club to make the Club Competition exciting.

Can I run with my dog?

Sorry no, dogs are not allowed on the course.

Can I run for more than one team on different legs?

No, at each race an individual can only run for 1 team. Although they are permitted to run more than one leg for the same team. An individual can run for a different team in a different race in the series, but the rules on using different runners as substitues (as per question above) will apply.


Results from previous editions of the Starlight Trails Relay Series are available below. Results of the races in the 2021/22 series will added here shortly after each race.


Event #1 at Moorways 19/10/17

Event #2 at Ticknall  5/12/17

Event #3 at Allestree Park 11/1/18


Event #1 at Markeaton Park 8/11/18

Event #2 at Allestree Park 6/12/18

Event #3 at Calke Abbey 11/1/19


Event #1 at Markeaton Park 7/11/19

Event #2 at Shipley Park 5/12/19

Event #3 at Calke Abbey 10/1/20


Not held due to Covid-19


Event #1 at Shipley Park 4/12/21

Event #2 at Markeaton Park 2/12/21

Event #3 at Calke Abbey 6/1/22

Terms and Conditions

No refunds are available once an entry has been purchased. However, the team of runners taking part does not need to be declared until 72 hours (3-days) prior to each race, and does not necessarily have to include the individual who purchased the entry.  Financial arrangements between the person purchasing the entry and team members running is considered a private matter between the individuals involved.  

Our general terms and conditions apply in other respects. They are available here