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Dig Deep Trail Weekend

Friday 20th and Saturday 21st September 2019.

Whirlow Hall Farm

Whirlow Hall Farm

On the outskirts of the City of Sheffield and the Peak District lies Whirlow Hall Farm. Home to the DIG Deep Trail weekend.
With great facilities, over night camping and on site parking, plus a great cafe, Whirlow has it all.
So what better place to base yourself for a weekend of running some of the most iconic trails in the Peak District. Three great races from a little over 12 miles to the challenge of the Peak Districts toughest ultra at 60 miles and over 10,500 feet of climbing.

Facilities include ample parking for racers and spectators, onsite toilets, the Cruck Barn Cafe and Farm Shop.
Cruck Barn Cafe >>
10am while 4:30pm, with home made hot food being served up until 3:30pm. We can definitely recommend the coffee and the cakes!!
Race HQ will be located in the BIG Barn at the top of the lane, on the left. This is where the Running Talks will take place too.
Food will be available from Friday afternoon and Stomping Ground Coffee will be on hand Friday and from very early on the Saturday morning. They have a small van and serve big coffee – just what we need!

So here’s what’s happening…

Friday 20th September – Let’s Talk Trail Running.
Our guest speakers will take you on a journey they have followed in discovering their love of trail and ultra running. Informative, packed with knowledge and experience and no doubt the odd funny tale. The evening will prove to be both entertaining and informative.

Marcus Scotney Ultra Runner8pm Marcus Scotney
A welcome return to Marcus who is no stranger to DIG Deep with three previous wins and course records under his belt. Marcus has represented England and Great Britain in the world of Ultra running, although he is probably more famed for his recent multiday race wins at the Cape Wrath Ultra and the Dragons Back. (‘I can remember Marcus saying he’d never run back to back or multi day ultra’s – looked how that turned out’. Editor.)
Marcus, is a Scott Supported athlete.



9pm Lisa Watson
Lisa won the 2019 Dragon Back Race at her first attempt, an iconic 5 day race across the spine of the Welsh hills. She is a member of Sheffield based female fell group Beauties and the Bog. She has completed many fell and ultra races, including the High Peak Marathon.
In 2017 she also set a new fastest known time for a continuous self propelled non stop tour of all the UK’s Munro’s.  A mere 77days!

There is no charge for the evening and all are welcome. There will be a bar available for the evening, tea and coffee plus light refreshments.  More information can be found here >>

Further updates… keep your eyes peeled here and over on our Face Book page >>


Saturday 21st September
The racing gets under way in earnest…

6amThe DIG Deep Trail Ultra 60 get’s under way
60 miles and 10,500 feet of ascent, plus a little bit!
If you are looking for the ultimate, classic journey through the Dark Peak then this should be on your bucket list. It’s tough yet the route will keep you inspired as you move towards the finish with some of the best trails and views in the whole of the Peak District. Oh yes, this event is worth 4 UTMB points.
First runners expected back from around 4pm, best guestimate.
Last years winner 10 hours 41 minutes for the chaps and 12 hours 48 minutes for the ladies.

Enter the Trail Ultra 30 Here >>8am – Next up it’s the DIG Deep Trail Ultra 30
30 miles and 4554 feet of ascent.
An ideal entry into your world of ultra running, often praised for being an ideal ‘first ultra’. That said for the more seasoned looking for a faster race, then this could be ideal.
First runners expected back from around 12:10pm, best guestimate.
Last years winner 4 hours 11 minutes for the chaps and 4 hours 58 minutes for the ladies – both cracking times those!

– It’s the turn of the iconic DIG Deep 12.12 Trail Race.
12.12 miles, plus a little bit and 2077 feet of ascent.
New to trail racing, looking for a faster run? Either way the iconic 12.12 has much to offer runners at every level.  Great trails, runnable climbs and swooping downhills. Run through some iconic Peak District country side. It’s becoming a classic and very likely to fill out early.
First runners expected back from around 11:20am.

Event Sponsors
– where would we be without their continued support? Each will be contributing to the prize pool and also the spot prizes, plus Accelerate giving their time to help bring the event together.  Tailwind will also be available to the racers of the Ultra Trail 30 and 60 and

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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