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The next Sunday Off-Road run is on Sunday 6 March 2016.    

Meet at 9:00am at The Anglers Rest cafe  (Taggs Knoll, Bamford, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 0BQ) for a hilly run of around 6.0 miles from the village, up Hirst Clough, along Bamford Edge and lovely descent back to the village.

I estimate 90-100 minutes for this run with 1000ft ascent in total. There are a couple of short road sections so care must to be taken on those stretches.

Trail/fell shoes and full waterproof cover are required. With breathtaking views from Great Tor and the Edge, this one is not to be missed.  Hope to see you there.

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Thursday 17 March:

Look out for a possible Smiley Paces viewing at 9:00pm on BBC 1.  

"Jo Brand's Hell of a Walk" for Sports Relief.  

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    Smileys meet up with Jo Brand as she walks the trans Pennine Trail from Hull to Liverpool.  Read more....


Look at Jo Brands website here.... 

for day 5 - with Smiley photos!


Sunday 17 April 2016.    Off-Road run ...

Meet at 9:30am at Cooper's Cafe in Edale for a beautiful loop up Kinder, about 7.5-8 miles. There's plenty of elevation and some slightly tricky terrain but we'll take it extremely slow and steady, not least because there might be some tired legs a week after the Sheffield Half! Fell/trail shoes mandatory, and I'd recommend full waterproofs, hat, gloves, snack & water (may all become mandatory if weather forecast is poor.) Parking is available at the main Edale car park a short distance from the cafe, with space for a lucky few cars right opposite the cafe. Coffee and cake at Cooper's afterwards.

  April 2016  British Athletics have issued new regulations about wearing headphones in a race that could affect you.  Read the info here.

   Sunday 15th May is the next Smiley Off-Road Run and we’re off to the Dronfield area. We’ll meet at Barlow Fishing Lakes (Fisherman’s Friend Café, Keeper’s Lane, S18 7TJ or grid ref: Coordinates: 53.275327, -1.485059) to start at 9:30am. There is car parking by the lakes.


We’ll run a figure of eight 6 mile muddy romp up through the bluebell woods, across green fields with far reaching views, through woods filled with birdsong and alongside streams tumbling through mossy rocks… then a chance to rip yourself apart up a Strava segment with the roar of the Dronfield By-Pass to accompany your heavy breathing, before reaching the peaceful woods again … delightful!


We’ll finish back at the 'Fisherman's friends cafe & Book Exchange' at about 11:00 for hot drinks and snacks overlooking the fishing lakes. (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fishermansfriendcafe/)


Trail shoes essential – there is proper MUD in places! It can be blustery in the open areas so come prepared with rain/windwear.


For those prefering to walk, the western side of the figure of eight is a lovely off-road route of about 2.5 miles.

If you want a map, please download here

Distance: Approx 6 miles

Ascent: 750ft                                                                                   Isobel and Sue

     Saturday 14 May - Event number two in the Smiley Champs when will take on the joys of the Concord Parkrun. If you haven't done this one before, it's a lovely route (honestly, it is!) and very friendly and not usually that many people there (74 last week) and definitely PB potential and another opportunity to don your Smiley vest for added oooommmmpppphhh.


It's in Concord Park which is up past the Northern General; there's parking in the car park at the rear of the sports centre - post code S5 6AE. If you haven't done event 1 in the Champs, don't worry at all - few people manage all 5 races, so still worth doing; even if you just fancy doing that parkrun, it'll be good fun.

Let's see if we can get a whopping turn out. See you there!

   NOTE! The  June Sunday Off-road run is on Sunday 5 June.  Meet at the Vanilla Kitchen Cafe in Tideswell - SK17 8PF – at 9:15 for a 9:30 start. There is plenty of on street parking. The run is a circular route with an easy start down through Tideswell Dale to Litton, a short climb up onto the Monsall trail, followed by a tricky but beautiful climb up Monks Dale (a world that time forgot) - 6.6 miles in total. Trail shoes essential - you will encounter potentially muddy footpaths, compact gravel paths, rocky foot paths which could be slippy, tarmac and long grass! There were a few stinging nettles on route so long trousers may be a good idea

     Smiley off-road run - Sunday 17th July. Meet at the Mayfield Alpacas on Fulwood Lane, S10 4LH at 9am, ready for a tour of our favourite local trails. To us, this is the very best of what's on our doorstep! It's roughly 8 miles and not too hilly, but it might be boggy, especially if it's been raining, so be prepared for some mud :-)  Trail Shoes are essential.


The farm is not normally open at 9am and parking can be limited, so they are coming in early to open up their riding paddock for us to park on. Toilet facilities will not be available before the run.


Please let me know if you plan on coming so that I can give the cafe an idea of numbers so they can make enough cake - I've pre-warned them about how much we like cake!


ETA 11am back at the cafe for anyone joining us for cake only...

  The next Sunday off-road run will be held on 7 August 2016.   Meet at Bubnell Cliff Farm, DE45 1RF for a 9am start.  Trail shoes are essential.  


We will go on an 8 mile run lead at a steady pace! It’s mostly off road on well trodden paths and there’s an easy warm up along the river from Bubnell to Froggatt.  The climb to Froggatt Edge is short and sharp, but we can re-group under the shelter of the edge before heading up the path and across Froggatt, Curbar and Baslow edges before heading down through Baslow and back to the farm for tea and cakes.  


Donations for cakes are welcomed and money raised will go to the Cavendish Centre :)