Marple Runners 10k Trail Race - Sunday 20th June 2021

This is our fourth 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.

  • Chip timed

  • Great medal

  • Beautiful course


Entry has now closed

If you are entered - see you on 20th!


******* COVID-19 UPDATE *******

We’re delighted to announce that we’re putting on our 10k Trail Race in 2021, However, the event will take place with England probably in Step 3 of the Government's Roadmap and therefore restrictions will be in place to protect participants and restrict the spread of COVID-19. Participants will appreciate that this creates a challenging and changing environment in which to plan the event. Events outside of our control may yet further change arrangements or even force cancellation at short notice. However, we have prepared an event in compliance with RunBritain's guidance, and have had constructive conversations with Stockport Council, the Canal and River Trust and RunBritain which gives us confidence that the event will go ahead unless there is a significant change in the Government's roadmap or local restrictions come into place. Likewise we may need to make changes as our conversations with authorities reach full approval for the event.


(Due to COVID-19)

This year's event will differ from previous events as a result of COVID-19 - in particular:

    • No on the day entry or number / timing chip pick up (predominantly to avoid queuing / congregation). Numbers and timing chips will be posted in-advance to entered runners. This, in turn, leads to:

      • Cancellation of the popular 2k Family Fun Run - which relied on on-the-day entry - we are really sad about this but it is unavoidable. It will be back next year.

      • Early closing of entries and deferrals - probably 5th June

    • A staggered start, based on faster runners setting off first

    • No goody bag

    • Water only as 1st aid - please bring your own (and carry your own if you think you will need it on the course)

    • No prize giving - although there are prizes for all category winners from our sponsor Marple Physio

But, on the positive side, we have engaged 2 professional photographers from the excellent Mick Hall and all photos will be made available free in social media friendly size, with one photographer in Brabyns park and the other for that all important shot as you cross Marple Aqueduct. And we have a lovely medal for all finishers!

We are sorry we're not able to provide a goody bag like in previous years, but participants will appreciate that adapting to COVID-19 has put up our costs, limited our ability to raise sponsorship, and substantially increased our risks. Losing money on the event isn't an option for a volunteer run, member organisation like ours.


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 walk to the race.

  • 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.


  • Registration is online only (see below) and numbers will be posted to you before the race

  • Entries close on 6th June 2021 at 8pm

Start Time

  • Sunday 20th June 2021

  • 10.00am 10k Trail Race

Entry, Age and Time Restrictions

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  • 350 runner limit

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Runners & spectators must follow the RunBritain guidance for participants, and spectators found here (we will send these to entered runners as part of their pre-race info pack)


  • Feel free to contact us on

  • Users of hotmail and gmail may find that your spam filter does not let through some of our emails to runners. It is vitally important, especially this year, that you receive all our communication to keep you up to date with any potential event changes or clarifications, so please make sure that the above email address AND are set to your safe list on your spam filter.

Entry Costs

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  • £14 + money transfer fee(*) for England Athletics affiliated runners

  • £16 + money transfer fee(*) for non-affiliated runners

* this is the fee paid to the online payment system. It is less than £1. It is not refundable under any circumstances.


  • Free 30-min sports massage e-voucher from our sponsor Marple Physio for category winners (M&F V40-49, V50-59, and 60 & over)

Deferrals & 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 2022's event will be allowed up until 24 hours before entries close (this date is now passed!). Deferrals may be made to the next year's event only and you must confirm your participation after we open entries for 2022 (probably around the end of December 2021) by end February 2022 in order to be entered into 2022's event

  • In the 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)

Race Licence - Under UKA Rules

Licence Number: 2020-38932