Now in it’s 30th year, the Dentdale Run is a 14 mile 379 yard road race staged on the lanes around Dentdale. The route follows a figure-of-eight course which winds literally up hill and down dale, starting and finishing at Dent Primary school.
The race is one of the most scenic road races in the area, and although only 14.2 miles long, it is regarded as a tough circuit and many runners use it as a training run for the London Marathon.
The run has traditionally attracted around 500 participants each year from all over the country. This year, numbers were increased with the introduction of a new shorter option which starts with the main race and follows the initial loop of the course, returning to the village of Dent via the Church bridge.
Three Tynedale Harriers made the journey to Dent to enjoy the tough course and sample the hospitality afterwards. Mike and Bridget Broadhurst had chosen the new shorter ‘7 mile’ option which turned out to be closer to 7.9 miles. Mike had an excellent run finishing in 17th position in a time of 57:16. Bridget also enjoyed the run, recording a time of 1 hour 15 minutes which secured her 110th position from 201 runners.
Ian Brown is no stranger to the 14.2 miles round Dentdale having completed the event about 10 times since 1991! Despite limited training due to injury, Ian still managed to complete the 14.2 miles in 1 hour 40 minutes – 2nd in his age group and 70th overall from a field of 418 runners.
After the race, the runners are treated to tea and cakes in the school, making it a real community event as all proceeds go directly to Dent C of E Primary School. The shorter distance was well received by all as it added to the numbers taking part and made for a great atmosphere before and after the race (standing room only in both pubs!).