The Belper Rover Race Instructions

The Belper Rover 2024-Race Instructions

 18th August 2024

Below are the race instructions for the 2023 race, instructions for 2024 will be posted nearer the time

Start times Walkers start 08:30am

Mass start men and ladies together for prizes 09:00am

Rolling start 09:05 – 09:20am

Walkers are asked to collect their numbers at 07:45AM and are requested to walk on the left.

Course Records

Male: Jack Dakin  1.52.46

Female: Lucy Spencer 2:06.28

NOTE: Failure to read these instructions will affect your performance in this event.

Race help : In the unlikely event you require assistance on race day please call 07718 143719

Date: 13th August 2023

Parking: is available at the Start / Finish area at Belper meadows Sports centre, Bridge st, Belper DE56 1BA at £4.00 per car. Please have correct change & put in the bucket on arrival.

No change given, card payments are accepted, No drop off facility (narrow road entrance 5mph)

Parking: is also available at Field lane car park DE56 1DD  Belper £3.70 ALL DAY. 5 minute walk to Belper Meadows.

Please do not park at East Mill or any other areas other than official car parks. Belper will be quiet when you arrive but can be busy on Sundays after 10:00.

Spectators / supporters: Are welcome at Belper meadows sports centre,

NO Dogs are permitted inside the Belper meadows facility building, inside the fenced area or anywhere in the race.

Race HQ. Number & chip collection from 07.30am

Race HQ & Finish:

Belper meadows Sports Centre, Bridge Street, Belper DE56 1BA.

The Finish area & water stations are crewed by volunteers from the Belper Meadows Sports Centre, Milford May Day Committee & Milford In Bloom. Proceeds from the Belper Rover go towards these and other local community groups.

 Please say thank you to them for assisting you from Start to Finish.

Any route changes will be posted at the registration point.

On arrival at Belper Meadows please proceed to the registration tent to collect your race number.

Your race number & chip.

Your race number will be on the entrant list on the Belper Rover website / facebook page after the 11th August. Make a note of your number & collect your number & race chip from the registration desk.

Please complete the emergency contact details etc on the back of your race number

Race chip your race chip will be attached to the back your race number, it is important that you do not fold or cut the number.

Bag drop: There is no bag drop. Please arrive ready to race

Changing rooms, There will be changing rooms available inside Belper Sports centre.

Toilets: There will be portaloo’s (with paper & sanitiser) in the registration/finish area.

Club / Group meeting points: if your club/group would like to erect a tent, gazebo or banner flag in the registration area for promotion or meeting up purposes please contact by email

How a rolling start works-09:05-10:00  After collecting your number & chip you can start when you are ready after attaching them. Your time starts when you cross the start line & finishes when you cross the finish line.

The Start:  09:00 -10:00 You will start on Wyver Lane DE56-2UB which is a short walk away from Belper Meadows. Please follow the signs to the start.

Mass start: if you are racing for a prize the start will be at 09:00 for men and ladies together

Rolling start: 09:05 – 10:00

We have tried very hard to reduce the amount of road you have to run on & where you do have placed traffic management in place but we have to share the road with other road users.

 PLEASE DO NOT use MP3 players or head  phones (including bone-conducting headphones) as there may be traffic including cycles on the roads & you need to be able to hear the traffic & any warning issued by other road users.

Please STOP at all road junctions & when you are joining the road from the verge & check for traffic before proceeding. Be safe not sorry.

Water stations are located at approximately 7,11 & 15 miles

Note: Water will be supplied in bottles, You can either take the sports cap bottle with you or decant it into your own bottle. Please dispose of empty bottles in the bins provided just after the water station.

Disposing of litter on the course is an instant disqualification.

The route is fully signed with Belper Rover signs plus white painted arrows on verges / road.

In the unlikely event you get lost. Retrace your steps back to try & find a Belper Rover sign for direction or Find a noticeable landmark/ road sign / Pub or use google maps etc and call 07718 143719 & we will try to help locate you or give you directions.

The finish

All finishers will receive a bottle of water, sandwich etc, Belper Rover finishers medal

Prizes Male & Female: cash & trophy 1st/£100, 2nd/£50, 3rd/£25 with a bonus £50 for getting or breaking a course record.

Presentation of prizes will be approximately 12:30 for 1st,:2nd & 3rd.

Age Group prizes: 1st in each age group will receive FREE transferable entry to next years Belper Rover PLUS a £10 voucher to spend at The Derby Runner.

The Trophy prizes for 1st 2nd & 3rd are handmade Belper nails by the blacksmith at Hazel forge Belper & set in a piece of Derbyshire grit stone from a local Belper Quarry.

Belper was famous as a nail making town & nail makers cottages can still be seen throughout the town. The local football team is called ‘the nailers’.

Belper’s mills ,shops & houses are mostly built from grit stone which was quarried locally.


Please ensure your number is clearly visible on the front of your shirt, we will have video control points at several locations. In the event of a dispute if your number cannot be seen or read on the video you may not get a prize. The race directors decision is final.

There will be no entries on the day.

Numbers can be transferred by the entrant using the event entry portal on the website these must be done by 23;59 on 09/08/2023 please allow good time to do this as they have to be completed by this time to allow us to complete the start list into alphabetical order

Entering under someone else’s number could void our insurance please do not run using someone else’s number without transferring it.

Thank you for entering The Belper Rover, The rover crew will be working hard on race day to ensure you have a great day & achieve your goal.

Important Notes:

In event of emergency on the course please call 07718 143719.

If you have any insect allergies please ensure you have your treatment with you. We have checked the route for insect nests but the crafty things move about without notice.

Please ensure you stay well hydrated.

The route is on paths & trails which have steps, roots, stones etc please watch your foot placement.