Amberaid 30 (22.10.22)

Date of event: 22.10.2022

Happy Days! The race results for this year’s event are now published and available for download.

Thanks all for turning up and embracing the countryside. Hope to see you again next year!

The route scribes a figure of 8 through the rural delights of the Amber Valley close to the Eastern edge of the Peak District. Highlights aplenty will greet you on your travels. There are punchy climbs and involving descents, expansive views and some of the finest woodland trails you’ll find anywhere in the UK. This route has the makings of becoming one of the best “small” ultra trail races in England.

Conditions to observe;

The course is not marked but there will be tape and arrows at a couple of the trickier sections. Orientation markers with self clips (to mark your control cards) will also ensure the correct route is followed.

We ask participants to be self sufficient. The number of checkpoints is purposely limited to 2 staffed feed stations and 1 water station (which will be staffed part of the time). There will be hand sanitiser at the checkpoints.

Upon finishing, please hand in your control card and then respect the COVID protocols that are in place at the time. We aim to provide refreshments at the finish (soup and roll, tea / coffee) if you want more substantial nourishment how about visiting those nice pubs you saw in Ashover (recommended).

Mandatory kit to carry at all times during the race.

  • Waterproof Jacket with taped seams.
  • 500ml of fluid as a minimum, although 1 litre recommended. (If the forecast is hot then 1 litre will be mandated.)
  • Sufficient nutrition for a day on the trail.
  • Hand Sanitiser.
  • Whistle.
  • Mobile phone with race director’s number (07741 488737) in contacts.
  • Map covering the route (gpx file is available below, do not rely solely on gpx though)
  • Hat/buff.
  • Gloves (to reduce contamination risk from shared surfaces ie kissing gates as well as warmth)

The race has a time limit of 9 hours.

Self clips waiting to goad you….as you sanitise….again.


Supporters –You may have your own support crew en route, but please ensure they park sensibly and observe social distancing.

Retiring: If you need to retire, please try to arrange your own return to the finish if possible so that you can return your control card. (note, depending on the restrictions in force at the time it may be that you need to arrange a taxi to get you back to the finish)

 The event will continue to observe the latest Government advice and as this evolves we will communicate any necessary updates to you. If you use Facebook there will be updates on;

First Light Active

Any significant updates will be communicated via email.

We want you to feel safe. We want you to feel reassured. We want you to have a good event and start to feel that the uncertainties and frustrations of the lockdown period are behind us. However, we must also be mindful that future waves could impact or there could be local “hotspot” lockdowns. With that in mind we want you to know that your entry fee is secure. Any COVID related impact which means the event can’t go ahead, or you cannot participate – you will be able to claim a refund (less the booking fee), or defer to the following year.

Amberaid 30 Trail Trial

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