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13.1 miles. 510m ascent.

Dare to ride?

What is it?

The Big Dipper will be one of the toughest half marathon road races in the country.

Taking in the Derbyshire countryside and the Peak District National Park, the route sees runners tackle 510m of ascent across the course.


Starting near The Hyde Park Inn in Dronfield, The Big Dipper heads out towards Barlow, Shillito Woods and then a long climb up from the hamlet of Unthank.

The course is gruelling, hilly and has a sting in the tail - but completing it puts you in a small, select group of runners.

The Route.

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In Association With

When is it?

The Big Dipper is due to take place on 11 September 2022 starting at 10:00.

We have released an initial 600 places and expect it to be a very popular event on the racing calendar.

What can I expect?

Sponsored By

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Jay's Refractory Specialists Ltd

The Big Dipper will be a licensed, fully-marshalled, timed half marathon on closed roads.

There will be water stations throughout with photographers on the route.

On and off-street parking is available across Dronfield, with race-specific parking kindly offered by nearby AMETEK Land.

We ask you park responsibly with respect given to local residents and avoid parking on the route itself. We will send information about specific car parks in your pre-race email information pack.

Every finisher will receive a goodie bag, which will include a race t-shirt, medal and some treats.

We don't think there is a road race like The Big Dipper for miles around and it will be a hit with anyone willing to take it on.

More details are to be released once they are confirmed in the coming weeks.


There is a £1,000 prize fund. Prizes will be allocated for both male and female categories as per the breakdown below:


  • Senior
    1st - £200
    2nd - £100
    3rd - £50

  • V40 winner - £50

  • V50 winner - £50

  • V60 winner - £50

A single runner may only receive one prize. For example, a runner receiving one of the senior prizes is not eligible for an age category prize, this would then be awarded to the next placed runner in that age category.

Where can I sign up?

Entries are open! You can sign up by clicking here.

Anybody signing up after entries surpass 600 entrants (we'll tell you when that happens), you will be placed on our waiting list.

Transfers to other runners are possible using our booking partner SI Entries, however, refunds are at the discretion of the event organiser.

If you are an aided participant who may require a guide runner or extra support, please email us at info@thebigdipper.run and a member of the team will be in touch.

All race numbers will require collection on the week before the event or on race day itself, with locations to be announced.

Full terms and conditions can be found on our SI Entries booking page.

Entry costs for UKA-affiliated athletes is £27, while it is £29.50 for other runners.

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How can I help?

We anticipate we will need the help of about 100 volunteers to be marshals, bag drop attendants and water station heroes.

Without volunteers this event would not be possible.

If you would like to help we'd love to hear from you.

You can email us at volunteer@thebigdipper.run with VOLUNTEER in the subject line and we will squirrel your offer away until closer to the event date.

Please direct any sponsorship enquiries to dronfieldrc@gmail.com

What happens next?

Follow us on InstagramTwitter and Facebook to get the latest information ahead of the event.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at info@thebigdipper.run.

Now would be a good time to work on those hill repeats!

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With thanks to Julie Bembridge