HALF MARATHON & 50K ULTRA – 14th October 2023

One of the largest reservoirs in the country, Ladybower Reservoir provides the perfect location for running in The Peak District.

Half Marathon & 50K Ultra

The 50K route consists of a hilly loop on a mix of surfaces including trail, gravel and road. The route involves climbing Win Hill and traversing west, all the while enjoying unbelievable views over the reservoir. From here you will descend to a double track road along the waters edge, before crossing the dam into Heatherdene parking and your first Aid Station. From here you will make a full circumnavigation of Labybower reservoir, passing two further Aid Stations along the way. Next is an ascent of Whinstone Lee Tor, before crossing the A57 and heading back up onto Stanage Edge.

The Half Marathon also starts at Bamford Recreation ground, following the Thornhill Trail to the dam before passing through the Heatherdene aid station. From here you cross the A57, running on the Eastern shores of the reservoir, before ascending Whinstone Lee Tor, crossing back over the A57 and heading up onto Stanage Edge.

Throughout the 50K race you will climb and descend approximately 1500m, a great challenge for anyone looking to complete their first ultra distance trail race! The Half Marathon course involves around 550m of ascent and is an adequate challenege in of itself.



To download the GPX file for your race, simply click the button below. This will open a new page from which you can download the file. 50K runners are REQUIRED to have thier GPX track on a gps device for use during the race.




Event Details

Date: Saturday 14th October 2023

Start Times: 50K = 7am | HM = 9am

Early Bird Prices: 50K = £50 | HM = £28

Location: Bamford Recreation Ground, Station Rd S33 0DA

Parking: On-site Parking

Cutoff Times (50K only)

For the safety of runners and staff we will be imposing a strict 12 hour cutoff for our 50K race distance. This is a very generous cutoff and should give all runners plenty of time to finish. More information to follow.

Cupless Aid Stations

In an effort to reduce waste, all of our races are now cup-free, meaning you’ll need to pack along your own cup for fluids at aid stations during the race. We suggest that you bring either a hand flask, running vest with water bottles or a collapsible cup.


Recommended Items

Trail running shoes

Hydration pack

Phone/GPS watch

Technical running clothing


Trail Running Poles

ReQUIRED KIT (50km Only)

Hooded waterproof jacket

First aid kit (to include minimum blister plasters, bandage and tape to secure dressing)

Spare long-sleeved base layer top

Hat & gloves


Mobile phone and/or GPS device (fully charged)

Head Torch

Emergency foil blanket or bivi bag

Emergency food & drink


A UTMB Index race contributes towards every Finishers UTMB Index in the corresponding category (20K, 50K, 100K or 100M) and gives privileged access to the UTMB World Series Events or Majors.

What You Get

Official Chip Timing

All our events are chip timed, providing accurate results for all runners.

Bespoke Medal

Race finishers will receive a bespoke medal as a memento of their achievement.

Fully Marked Course

All routes will be accurately marked with marshals to help you along the way.


Official race photos can be found on our Facebook page.

Baggage Drop

There will be a baggage drop available for runners who need to leave their belongings while they race.

Water Stations

There will be water stations on route. We recommend runners stay hydrated in the lead up to the race.

Ready to start your next adventure?

Let’s do this! Simply click the button below and join us at the first ever Ladybower Reservoir Trail race. We promise that it will be a race to remember!