Marple Runners Carnival 10k Trail Race - Sunday 18th June 2023

This is our sixth annual trail race, taking in some of the parks, countryside, and sights of Marple. A multi terrain, mainly off-road, 10k race starting in Brabyns Park Marple, utilising sections (not the muddy part) of the Marple parkrun course before leaving the park via the canal locks, taking back roads and trails via Marple Hall to Chadkirk and up "that hill", then back to Marple along the Peak Forest Canal, crossing the iconic Marple Aqueduct before finishing back at the start in Brabyns Park.

  • Beautiful course

  • Our famous supportive and cheerful marshals (all Marple Runners members)

  • Chip timed

  • Great medal

  • Free race photos from our 2 professional photographers

  • Some goodies


Entries are open! Scroll down to enter.

This race normally sells out


2k Family Fun Run

Entry on the day only - £TBC (cash only)

Taking place at 9:30 (30 minutes before the main 10k race - warm up at 9:25), with entry on the day £TBC cash only. Open for all ages from 4 upwards.

Registration closes at 9:15. As a Fun Run, no times or prizes are awarded, but each registered finisher gets a commemorative medal, and maybe a high5 from Dennis or Minnie!

It is not permitted to run with a dog as not all children running will be comfortable around dogs.

Race Venue:

Brabyns Park

Marple Bridge




  • Access to the park on the day is by foot only - we request all attendees to not use the car parks within the park and that local runners avoid travel by car.

  • Brabyns Park is close to both Marple Station and local bus stops for services 383, 384 and 375.

  • If you must travel by car, please use one of the three free car parks close to the park. Entrances are just off Brabyns Brow (by the Purple Pakora restaurant, at Marple Station, and opposite the park entrance) - there will be both signs and marshals to help you.

10k Registration:

  • Registration will be online only (see below)

  • Entries close on 31st May 2023 at 8pm

Start Time

  • Sunday 18th June 2023

  • 10am 10k Trail Race

  • Family Fun Run starts 30 mins before the 10k Trail Race at 9:30

10k Entry Limits, Age, Time Restrictions & Other T&Cs

  • 350 runner limit

  • age 16 and over only

  • Runners need to ensure that they are fit enough, and prepared enough. Runners should be aware that there are two long and steep hills on the course. In line with UK Athletics guidance, runners should have completed at least a 6k run as part of their preparation.

  • The course is not suitable for runners pushing buggies or running with dogs.

  • We want the race finished within 1 hour 45 minutes. If you can't run a flat 10k in under 80 minutes, we request that you do not enter. Feel free to ask if you are concerned or have any questions.

  • Anti-Doping Rules: In line with UK Athletics rules: An entrant shall be deemed to have made himself / herself / their self, familiar with, and agreed to be bound by the UKA Anti-Doping Rules and to submit to the authority of UK Anti-Doping in the application and enforcement of the Anti-Doping Rules. The UKA Anti-Doping Rules apply to entrants participating in the sport of Athletics, for 12 months from the date of entry, whether or not the licence holder is a citizen of, or resident in, the UK.’


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10k Entry Costs

  • £15 + booking fee(*) for England Athletics affiliated runners

  • £17 + booking fee(*) for non-affiliated runners

* this is the fee paid to the online entry system, plus the money transfer system (which can very slightly depending on your debit / credit card). It is around £1.15. It is not refundable under any circumstances.

10k Prizes

  • For category winners (M&F V40-49, V50-59, and 60 & over) - to be confirmed - (we go light on prizes, our event is more about wide participation and giving value to all entrants).

10k Deferrals, Transfers & Refunds Policy

  • We understand that runners get injured or ill before races, but as a non-profit and volunteer run event, we need to restrict deferrals and refunds

  • Cost free deferral to 2024's event will be allowed up until 24 hours before entries close. Deferrals may be made to the next year's event only and you must confirm your participation after we open entries for 2024 (probably in January 2023) by end March 2024 in order to be entered into 2024's event

    • We have contacted all runners who deferred from 2022's event

  • Entries can be transferred to another runner via the entry system (see link below) up until the date that entries close.

  • In the unlikely event that we are forced to cancel, we will offer free deferral or a refund of the entry fee - but we request that runners defer rather than ask for a refund (it takes an enormous amount of volunteer time to organise refunds ... and we have lives as well)

10k Course

Course map below.

Starting and finishing in beautiful Brabyns Park, then a short section of Marple canal locks, some quiet back roads and paths in Marple, past the ruins of Marple Hall and over the River Goyt into Chadkirk Country Park, up "that hill" to the Peak Forest Canal and back to Brabyns Park over the spectacular Marple Aqueduct towering 40m above the River Goyt.

This is a multi-terrain event, mostly on trails (some of which are narrow) and with some gates and steps. As such, the course is not suitable for running with buggies or dogs, both of which are prohibited.

Race Licence - Under UKA Rules

Licence Number: 2023-45174