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Ladybower 50

22-Sep-2019 Derwent, Derbyshire, UK (England)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
80KM / 50Miles
1 Day - 50 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

The route for this event is a looped circuit of the Ladybower and Derwent reservoirs. The route is comprised of trail, track and some country roads and it is marshalled and sign-posted.

The cut-off for this event is 13 hours and partial cut-off times will be enforced at each of the three aid stations. The aid stations will be fully stocked with water and snacks. Support crews are welcome and pacers are only allowed for the last ten miles of the race.

Medical aid will be available throughout the course with medics on mountain bikes for emergencies.

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Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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05:20 31-03-21

Despite an assurance to the contrary from the organisers, this lapped race around Derwen*****er turned out to be on a strongly undulating course. But what a course! A third is road and the rest is a mix of various kinds of trail from woodland dirt paths up to the steep, stony track right at the head of the reservoir before it turns back onto sometimes-squidgy forest track to begin the descent. Views of Derwen*****er itself are never far away, though it didn't look too pretty when I ran it as the water level was so low. I ran a 50 mile PB so I'm happy either way! This is one of those races held for the best reasons and it shows - however starting 2019 it looks like the number of runners is heavily capped so might become harder to get a place.

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02:06 26-09-18

I ran this in 2018, and had a superb race. Three and a half laps of stunning scenery. The weather was opposite of the predicted rain, with sunshine across panoramic views of the Derwent Valley. A very doable, well organised, friendly race. Undulating - some sections you needed to walk to rest and eat. Mostly tarmac paths underfoot rather than trails. Minimal food at the checkpoints though, you needed your own stock for the race. Brilliant running, perfect backdrop. Loved it.

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07:38 05-10-16

2016, 5 stars!! - I absolutely love this event. Ran here three years ago (2013 - my very first ultra, a great choice!) and always knew I'd come back. Done a few different ultras over the last three years but this is probably my favourite. Very well organised, chilled event. The route is beautiful, gently undulating trail, no navigation necessary. The marshals are lovely, filled my water up for me on each lap check-in (thank you marshals!). Fabulous weather, just as it was three years ago. I had an equally good run and finished 4th lady :).One of the loveliest places I've ever run. I'll definitely be back again.

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05:51 27-09-16

A sheer running delight from start to finish. The anxiety about doing laps quickly gave way to appreciation of the benchmark every time Race HQ passed by and I experienced each lap as if it were new. Food and drink a plenty along the route, but with enough challenge for a hard fought 50 mile PB on the day. One race I'd certainly make space for on my calendar. T-Shirt at finish and brilliant access/facilities for those who need them. Navigational simplicity, with water's edge on your left the entire time. An ideal first 50 miler. Grade A.

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05:08 27-09-16

Ladybower 50 was my first Ultra back in 2014 and I have run it every year since. A great intro to Ultras, you really can't get lost on this one. Most of all, it's a beautiful route. It's simple and always full o nice folk. The organisers keep it simple. Cracking Ultra and a lovely day out running. Highly recommended. 5 stars.

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03:21 27-09-16

A fantastic event. As a first timer, I have to say how well organised this event was.
A friendly bunch of organisers, and a great event. A hot day meant I didn't prepare enough to complete the full 50 miles, but enjoyed it all the same.

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08:26 30-09-15

this was the second time i have run the ladybower 50. what an event, fantastic course,superb scenery and excellent originisation to go with it aswell.. if you are looking for your first foray into the ultra running scene this is definatley one for you. no premadonas just ordinary guys and gals looking to test themeselves against a reasonably challenging course!!! A star from me!!

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07:24 23-09-15

This ultra serves as a great introduction to running longer distances. Navigation is no issue as you circumnavigate three large reservoirs over a series of three laps (and a small additional 5 mile loop). Equally the terrain shouldn't challenge most too much as the trail is not technical in most places. The beauty of this is it leaves the runner with the simple task of concentrating on covering the distance.
This is all complemented with great organisation, very reasonable entry fee and fantastic support from the marshals. Highly recommended particularly if it's your first 50 miler.

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01:22 22-09-15

I ran this race in 2015 and it's an excellent event. This was my 1st Ultra and the course is amazing. The marshall and organisers are excellent, and really helpfull. They cannot for enough to support you on the day. I will be signing up again very, very shortly as this needs to be on my annual race calendar. If you have not signed up yet, then I truly recommend you do.

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01:05 22-09-15

I ran this race in 2014 and thought I have to come back. I was in my first year of ultra running and on a big learning curve. The friendliness and support was second to none and o felt well looked after and supported. This year did not disappoint. I loved the area, the route and the support. I had my race strategy with a pacer (Phil Hudson) for the last 15 miles. This worked well with great support all round the course. The weather was great, perfect running conditions and I finished 8th overall and 1st lady to a fantastic round of applause from the organisers, supporters and other runners. Great event but sign up quick it sells out. To all who DNS, you missed an ace race!

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