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The Big Dipper 2022 - A thank you

Wow! We can't tell you how amazing it was to see hundreds of you join us for the first ever The Big Dipper Half Marathon.


Thank you so much for coming and supporting our first event. We loved welcoming you to our amazing part of the world.

It's no surprise, but a new course record was set this morning, beating every time we set even before we made it an official race.


The first male home was Bertie Houghton of Hallamshire Harriers in an incredible time of 1:13:57.

The first female was Natalie Neville from Hillsborough & Rivelin Running Club who ran a stunning 1:36:49.

A huge well done to them and it really sets a marker for 2023 (but more on that later...)



A full set of pictures can be seen by clicking the link here. Thank you to our volunteer photographers for capturing the event - and all pictures are free for downloading and sharing.


Mel Corby, our race director, said: "When this began as a run between friends during lockdown two years ago, we never imagined it would become an actual race.

"Watching almost 300 runners leave The Hyde Park in Dronfield to run towards our glorious Peak District makes months of hard work worth it.

"We've had a team working so, so hard in the background to put this on, and hearing runners say how much they enjoyed the race is brilliant.

"We can't wait to put on a race in 2023. Thank you to the runners, volunteers and residents cheering everyone on on the route for their help and support."


Your legs might not have recovered (and we haven't either) but we have a very special offer for next year's event! When everything else seems to be getting more expensive, if you book NOW you will pay the same price as this year's race. That means UKA-affiliated athletes will pay £27, while other runners will pay just £29.50.


Prices will increase in October, so book NOW here.


Want to know where your money goes from The Big Dipper? Read more here.


Finally, we want to thank everyone for being a part of an amazing event. From the runners, to the volunteer helpers, to the supporters who lined the route or stood at the end of their drives cheering people on, thank you.


We're off for a lie down!

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