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In Focus : Dig Deep Trail 12.12

Why would you want to run the Dig Deep 12.12 event? For many it is an annual must-do event, with its easy going trails, (mostly!) runnable climbs and excellent sweeping downhill sections. With views across Sheffield and the Peak District to either side of you it is a race for everyone.  For those new to trail running it offers a reasonably gentle introduction, and for the speedy runners at the front of the course a fast paced race.

The 12.12 has been a constant feature of the DIG Deep Trail weekend ever since the first one took place back in 2012. The top three that day raced to the line with mere seconds between them.  It was some race! Since then the event has just grown and grown in popularity.

Maybe you’re new to trail running, or you want to push yourself to an off-road ‘almost’ half marathon distance race? It could be that you love the area and want to run competitively in an area you know, or maybe you’re wanting to explore new trails in a beautiful part of the country?

Whatever your reasons, I’m pretty sure the 12.12 will tick the boxes!

Starting from the race village at Whirlow Hall Farm, at a more sociable time than the 30 and 60 mile events, you will climb steadily up the Limb Valley, mostly under the cover of trees, to Lady Cannings Plantation. Mind the mountain bikes as you head up through the woods and onto Houndkirk Road. This is supposedly an old Roman Road and was later used as a turnpike for connecting Sheffield to Hathersage.

Off the dusty road and onto the peaty footpaths of Burbage, the route takes you above Burbage edge to the car park at the Northern point. We turn here, heading up Higger Tor. No rest at the top, save for a downhill stretch over to Carl Wark. A left here takes you down into the valley and up the other side, rejoining the same path you took from Houndkirk Road.

Stay on this track to the end, you’ll recognise the turning back down the Limb Valley, it’s downhill all the way, and just a little climb at the end back up to the finish. Don’t forget to leave something in the tank for your sprint finish!

If this sounds like the event for you, get yourself signed up and we’ll see you there!

To find out more about the event and enter please click Here >>

For a ‘fly-by’ of the route just follow the link below…

The DIG Deep Trail Races are supported by:







Whirlow Hall Farm Trust

Whirlow Hall Farm works directly with children across South Yorkshire; whether it’s developing a healthy relationship with food, seeing an animal for the first time or helping to get their lives back on track.

Together, we help thousands of local children and young people to raise their aspirations and improve their life chances.

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Dig Deep 2019 – Results

Dig Deep is over for this year, and we want to say thank you to everyone who ran, marshalled and supported the event …

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