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Three challenging races — DT20, DT30 and DT40 — come together to make the Dales Trail Series.

 

The series will take runners on a journey through some of the most challenging and breathtaking scenery that Yorkshire has to offer. Conceived as three exciting, stand-alone routes that combine into one great Grand Slam competition – it’s up to you to decide how many races you want to do.

To qualify as a Grand Slammer and claim your coveted limited-edition Grand Slam medal, you have to complete all three races, covering a total of 94 kilometres and over 2,550 metres of ascent. Grand Slam results are then calculated on finishing positions in the three races to find the overall winners.

2017 Dates: DT20 – 1st April, DT30 – 15th July, DT40 – 23rd September

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The Dales Trail Series has been designed to help build trail-running skills and fitness over the season as race distances increase – but don’t worry, there’s enough time between races to recover and prepare for the next, longer, harder race.

 The 2017 Dales Trail Series will be sponsored by La Sportiva.

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4 weeks ago

Dales Trail Series shared Foxgrove Photography's album.

A few more photos of the last Dales Trails Race the DT40. Some great people out there and some are even smiling.
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More photos at last!! Only one more album to come; and then I'll be posting my favourite photos from the series over the last 3 years, so why don't you give me a hand and let me know which have been y...

A few more photos of the last Dales Trails  Race the DT40. Some great people out there and some are even smiling.
Watch Anton Krupicka’s 15 minute film ‘Purpose’ here

https://www.lasportiva.com/en/la-sportiva-presents-%22purpose%22-a-film-about-the-ultra-runner-anton-krupicka.html

4 weeks ago

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1 month ago

Dales Trail Series shared Dales Bike Centre's post — at Dales Bike Centre

Stu from the Dales Bike Centre took these amazing photos while out running the DT20 on Sunday re-living his DT dream. He’s not a bad runner for a cyclist.

If you ever fancy a weekend away in the Dales Stu & Brenda have a great place (accommodation, bikes & cafe) just outside Reeth with the BEST cake...running route tips are free.
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After an awesome weekend can't beat starting the week with a sunrise Trail Run... Swaledale never ever disappoints.

Stu from the Dales Bike Centre took these amazing photos while out running the DT20 on Sunday re-living his DT dream. He’s not a bad runner for a cyclist. 

If you ever fancy a weekend away in the Dales Stu & Brenda have a great place (accommodation, bikes & cafe) just outside Reeth with the BEST cake...running route tips are free.

2 months ago

Dales Trail Series shared Foxgrove Photography's album.

Some more great pics of last months DT40. There's some great faces in this batch, we are going to miss you all!

Feel free to tag and share.

Thanks again Foxgrove Photography.
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Still hundreds more to come but please bare with me, I'm off playing in the Scottish hills so it will be a week or two before I get the rest posted. In the meantime I hope you enjoy thinking back to a...

Some more great pics of last months DT40. Theres some great faces in this batch, we are going to miss you all!

Feel free to tag and share.

Thanks again Foxgrove Photography.

2 months ago

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Busy editing more of the Dales Trail Series photos this evening, sorry for the delay folks! Dales Trail Series La Sportiva

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Dales Trail Series shared Foxgrove Photography's album.

So excited... Photos from the La Sportiva Dales Trail Series DT40 :)

Feel free to tag and share. Give Foxgrove Photography a like!
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First set of photos folks, sorry for the delay. Still a few hundred more to come yet ;) Please feel free to tag and share; and why not give my page a 'like'! Dales Trail Series La Sportiva

So excited... Photos from the La Sportiva Dales Trail Series DT40 :)

Feel free to tag and share. Give Foxgrove Photography a like!

2 months ago

Dales Trail Series shared Foxgrove Photography's post.

Check out Foxgrove Photography's post. DT40 2017 pics coming soon BUT who'd like to see a COMPILATION of the last 3 years La Sportiva Dales Trail Series photos with all you beautiful/weird/wonderful people?
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Hi folks, sorry it's taking a while to get all the photos sorted for the DT40, I'm well on with them all and should have them ready this weekend. Can't believe these will be my last Dales Trail Series...

Check out Foxgrove Photographys post. DT40 2017 pics coming soon BUT whod like to see a COMPILATION of the last 3 years La Sportiva Dales Trail Series photos with  all you beautiful/weird/wonderful people?

3 months ago

Sadly we won't be opening entries for the 2018 Dales Trail Series.

I know there'll be a lot of disappointed people out there; runners, marshals, sponsors, mini marshals, farmers, local businesses, Swaledale Mtn Rescue, NAV4, Yorkshire Dales National Park. So I can only apologise there won't be any DT's in 2018.

A special thanks to our amazing marshals who have, without a doubt, made the series super special. Huge thanks to our sponsors La Sportiva, not only do they make the best trail running shoes but they have been super generous and easy to work with.

We have met some of the most incredible people over the last 3 years, committed runners and generous helpers so thank you all for making the series what it was. It has been an incredible journey.

Our original mission was to show people some of our favourite running routes and to enable runners to build confidence over longer distances by organising a friendly but competitive series. The idea behind the series was that everyone got to know each other over the 3 races and meet like minded runners as the Grand Slam developed.

We'd like to think we achieved what we set out to do.

So for now, we're going to hang up our stop watches and fluorescent vests and put on our running shoes. Thanks to everyone involved, hopefully we'll see you out there in the hills in 2018.

PS. One person I always forget to thank but has contributed massively is our photographer Paul Taylor from Foxgrove Photography. He has captured the essence of the races and spirit of the runners time after a time...a talented photographer who has spent hours and hours on these events out in the field and post processing 1000's of images, all for the love of it. Thanks Paul!
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3 months ago

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I think this photo epitomises all thats great about the Dales Trail Series; fantastic runners, lots of smiling and laughing faces, fun, friends, beautiful scenery and lots of mud! I can't wait for 201...

3 months ago

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A little teaser of the photos to come later this week from the DT40 😉 Dales Trail Series La Sportiva

3 months ago

Dales Trail Series shared Foxgrove Photography's post.

Huge congratulations to the Dales Trails Series Champions 2017, Ben Livesey and Elaine Bisson, both outstanding runners! Hope to see you both in 2018 🙂 La Sportiva Dales Trail Series.

More photos coming soon but Paul the photographer has been covering another event today and also needs to eat and sleep apparently (wimp).

Thanks Foxgrove Photography looking forward to seeing your photos.
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Huge congratulations to the Dales Trails Series Champions 2017, Ben Livesey and Elaine Bisson, both outstanding runners! Hope to see you both in 2018 :) Dales Trail Series

Huge congratulations to the Dales Trails Series Champions 2017, Ben Livesey and Elaine Bisson, both outstanding runners! Hope to see you both in 2018 🙂 La Sportiva Dales Trail Series.

More photos coming soon but Paul the photographer has been covering another event today and also needs to eat and sleep apparently (wimp).

Thanks Foxgrove Photography looking forward to seeing your photos.

3 months ago

GRAND SLAM 2017 Winners.

The La Sportiva Dales Trail Series – DT20, DT30 and DT40 – three testing routes each designed as a challenging stand-alone race through Yorkshire’s most breathtaking scenery.

250 started ONLY 117 finished. Huge well done to everyone that finished the GRAND SLAM. Massive congratulations to everyone who picked up a prize, it's been a tough series this year!

If you weren't able to collect your prizes yesterday we will be in touch to arrange collection/delivery of your prizes.
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GRAND SLAM 2017 Winners.

The La Sportiva Dales Trail Series – DT20, DT30 and DT40 – three testing routes each designed as a challenging stand-alone race through Yorkshire’s most breathtaking scenery.

250 started ONLY 117 finished. Huge well done to everyone that finished the GRAND SLAM. Massive congratulations to everyone who picked up a prize, its been a tough series this year!

If you werent able to collect your prizes yesterday we will be in touch to arrange collection/delivery of your prizes.

3 months ago

DT40 Prize Winners.

If you weren't able to collect your prizes yesterday we will be in touch to arrange delivery/collection of your goodies! La Sportiva shoes for all 6 winners and of course 2 spot prizes.

Well done, amazing effort yesterday.
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DT40 Prize Winners. 

If you werent able to collect your prizes yesterday we will be in touch to arrange delivery/collection of your goodies! La Sportiva shoes for all 6 winners and of course 2 spot prizes.

Well done, amazing effort yesterday.

3 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Dales Trail Series shared Foxgrove Photography's post.

Don't forget to put your teeth in on Saturday morning because our friend at Foxgrove Photography will be joining us again, so expect some more stunning shots and scary close ups!

Thanks for joining us again Paul Taylor :)
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So who's looking forward to the DT40 trail race on Saturday??!! And who will be crowned the series champions?? 😀😀 Dales Trail Series Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Dont forget to put your teeth in on Saturday morning because our friend at Foxgrove Photography will be joining us again, so expect some more stunning shots and scary close ups!

Thanks for joining us again Paul Taylor :)

3 months ago

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3 months ago

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFO:

You should have received your race day info email a while back now but if you haven't all the info is copied below, reading it will help you ;)

A few things.

1: We have a one way system in operation designed to get you to the start location. The roads around Semerwater are narrow, please follow the arrows from Bainbridge village green. Don't follow your Sat Nav!

2: Mandatory kit. Isn't optional, it's for your safety. Without it you won't be able to run.

3: Don't forget your ID. We need to be sure you are the person we have emergency contact details for. If anything happens we need to know who we are looking for! Unofficial transfer of numbers is not allowed, not only does it have safety implications it distorts the Grand Slam results. No ID no DT40.

4: Anyone seen smiling at the top of Wether Fell clearly hasn't been trying hard enough and will be made to complete another lap before they get their soup and medal.

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Here is all the information you need to enjoy your day the DT40 in the Yorkshire Dales.

Parking

There will be off-road parking at Semer Water (Low Blean Farm, Semer Water, Bainbridge, DL8 3DJ) which is approached via Bainbridge in Wensleydale. In order to keep traffic flowing in the narrow lanes, it is very important that ALL vehicles follow the DT40 Race Traffic Signs and turn off at Bainbridge village green, rather than taking the turning just before Bainbridge. Please follow the signs, regardless of what your sat nav tells you for this last section. The car park will open at 08.00 and will be clearly signed, with marshals on-hand to direct parking. Please car share as much as possible as parking is limited at Semer Water.

Registration

Registration will take place from 8.30 to 9.30, at Race HQ on the beach at Semer Water. Collect your race numbers here. PLEASE NOTE: In line with many other races, we have decided to introduce Photo ID at registration to ensure that the right person is running on the right number. Unofficial transfer of numbers is a safety risk we cannot ignore and it is also unfair on every other runner as it distorts the results. You will not be able to collect your number without photo ID (any document/card with your name and photo on eg. driving licence).

Please remember to write your name, contact details and any medical information you think we need to know about, on the back of your race number

Start

The race will start at 10.00.

Please assemble at the start line on the beach at 9.50 for the pre-race safety briefing. There will also be a video count of runners prior to the start as part of our safety procedures.

Toilet Facilities

There will be portable toilets available for runners to use at Race HQ. Unfortunately there are no shower facilities available, but runners will be able to wash their legs or even go for a dip in the lake if they are hardy enough!

Mandatory and Recommended Clothing and Equipment

It is mandatory for you to carry a fully waterproof jacket with taped seams and a hood on this race. Runners will be asked to confirm that they have a waterproof jacket at Registration. Anyone without a waterproof jacket will not be able to take part in the race.

A cup/bottle is also mandatory. We decided to stop using plastic cups at the water stations for environmental reasons, so if you want a drink, bring a cup/bottle to fill up at water stations. (A bladder is also acceptable if you want to stop and top it up)

It is also mandatory to carry a map of the route. A map is easily downloadable from our website

Mandatory equipment must be carried at all times during the race and mandatory kit checks may be carried out prior to and at the end of the race

We also recommend that you wear and carry clothing that is appropriate to the weather on the day, the terrain and the distance. The route is very exposed in places and it will be colder on the hills than in the valley bottoms. Waterproof leggings, hat and gloves, compass and whistle are always recommended when running in the hills. The route is a mix of hard tracks, road and (possibly boggy) field paths, so choose a shoe suitable for this terrain.

Baggage

The car parking area is very close to the start line so it is likely that runners will be happy to leave gear in their cars. There is no secure baggage area at race HQ

Route and Marking

The DT40 is a 42 km marked route, using coloured tape to show changes of direction where necessary. There will be also be occasional ‘reassurance markings’ on long stretches of trail and road. Marshals will be out on the route to point you in the right direction too, but don’t forget to look out for the markings, its still easy to go astray with a little lapse in concentration.

Although we make every effort to ensure that the route markings are in place prior to the race, there is always the risk that they can go missing, either accidentally or deliberately. Runners are therefore reminded that there is a printable map, a written route description and a GPX file available to download for each race

The route is slightly different to the recce route description as we have been fortunate enough to gain access to private land to avoid some road use. This will be clearly marshalled.

Water Stations

There will be water stations at three locations (8k, 19k and 28k), each offering water and additionally Elete isotonic drink at 19k and 28k . Don’t forget to bring your cup/bottle for use at the water stations. You may also want to carry some water on the route yourself. Snacks will also be provided; there will be sweets at 8k, homemade cakes and savouries at 19k and finally sweets and salted biscuits at 28k. Water will also be available at the finish line.

Cut-Offs

For everyone’s safety, we have decided to implement two cut-offs on the DT40. The cut-offs are based on a generous 7 hours completion time, which works out at 6km (or 3.75 miles) an hour. The first cut-off is at 19 kms at the Beckermonds Road End (at the checkpoint after the water station), at 3 hours 30 mins. The second cut-off is at 32 km at the Cam High Road End, (where it meets the Hawes-Oughtershaw Road), at 5 hours 30 mins. These cut offs should allow all runners to get through with time to spare, but If you get timed out please respect the decision, as it is for everyone’s safety (yours, sweepers, marshals etc).

Assistance

If you need help for any reason during the race, please speak to a marshal, or the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team who will also be out on the route. If you find a runner who needs help, please be supportive and ensure a message gets to the nearest marshal

Retirement Procedure

Should you need to retire from the race, this can be done at any point where the route joins or crosses a road. You will need to wait with the marshal until the sweeper car arrives. It is essential that you report your retirement to the Race Director on return, to avoid a wasteful Mountain Rescue Team callout.

Refreshments

Prior to the race, hot drinks and cakes can be purchased by runners, family and friends.

Post-race, complimentary food and drink (soup, crusty bread, cakes, hot and cold drinks) will be provided by Nav4 for all runners by showing their race number. Runners are advised to bring a change of warm clothes/coats as there is limited cover at the hospitality area

Prize Giving

This will take place at Race HQ at approximately 15.00

Race Winners and Age Categories

There will be a prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female

There will be a prize for the first in each of the following Age Categories:

MV 40, MV50, MV60

FV40, FV50, FV60

Age categories are calculated on your age on 1st January 2017

Grand Slam prizes will also be awarded at the prize giving

Results

Following the race, results will be published on our website as soon as possible

Dogs

Sorry, no dogs are allowed on this race due to the route crossing the grouse moors

Spectators

Spectators can see runners at Deepdale Bridge (16km), Beckermonds (19km) and the Cam High Road End on the Hawes to Oughtershaw Road (32km) Please park considerately, take care on the narrow roads and respect the locals who need to go about their normal business

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Rich and Ros - the Dales Trail Series Team
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