First Light Adventures offer trail races, training courses, guided runs and walks and wild camping in the Peak District, Derbyshire.
First Light Adventures offer trail races, training courses, guided runs and walks and wild camping in the Peak District, Derbyshire.

ADVENTURE

FIRST LIGHT

Whether you want an experience day in the Peak District, a trail race in attractive Derbyshire settings, learn to navigate, or undertake a mountain skills course in order to fuel your own adventures, we’ve likely got something for you.

We pride ourselves on delivering a patient, friendly activity whilst never losing sight of the professionalism required to uphold the highest of standards. For the best of adventures, see the light, First Light. We are here to help you make the most of your time and create some great memories.

TRAIL RACES

Take part in trail races in the hidden gem of Derbyshire – the hills and valleys that skirt the eastern fringes of the Peak District. These races give you a memorable day out.

Trail Run
11 May 2024
Spire Ultra

Now in its 8th year, the Spire Ultra was our first event and has been a qualifying event for the Run Further Ultra Championships for the previous 5 years. The route largely follows the Chesterfield Round Walk – a waymarked route that circles the town famous for its Crooked Spire. The route has introduced many people to the undiscovered countryside in the area, from the  high moorland, ancient woodland, and reservoirs on the western edges to the rolling farmland and restored former mining areas of the eastern fringes. This route packs a lot of variety into its 33 miles.

What’s included? The race is under permit from the Association of Running Clubs. There are 6 checkpoints en route (4 drinks only and 2 are food and drink – proper food too – sweet and savoury). The trickiest sections are marked with race signage although for the majority of the route you will rely on map / gps / route notes and the Chesterfield Round Waymarks.

The finishers are rewarded with a medal and light refreshments back at the community resource centre.

Free car parking is available at the centre and on the adjoining estate roads.

The race has a 9 hour time limit.

Spire Ultra Results 2024

 

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10 August 2024
Cordwell Colossus

A summer trail run in North Derbyshire just on the edge of the Peak District. It is a lovely loop of challenging goodness on the beautiful trails, paths and woodlands of the Cordwell Valley with a little jink over into the neighbouring Linacre Valley for good measure.

The route is 20 miles with 950m ascent. The event is open to runners and fast walkers who can make the 6-hour cut-off time. 

Starting at Holmesfield Village Hall at 9.00 am, you head north via woodland track before curving around in an anticlockwise direction over hilly farmland, woodland, and rural trails. The views from the high ground are terrific and the route conditions range from highly runnable trails and lanes to more involving single track and trods. The route will be marked on the less obvious sections and a downloadable map, GPX files, and route notes will be available. Basic navigation skills are recommended.

There will be 2 fully stocked checkpoints (sweets and savoury goodies) out on the route with additional refreshments available at the village hall for finishers.

Registration:
From 8 am at Holmesfield Village Hall, Holmesfield, Dronfield S18 7WZ.
Car parking is free of charge to participants in the spacious village hall car park.

Enter via SiEntries.

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For the best of adventures, see the light, First Light. We are here to help you make the most of your time and create some great memories.
19 October 2024
Amberaid 30 and Petit Raid

A 31-mile trail run over undulating countryside paths and trails in the Amber Valley, Derbyshire, close to the eastern edge of the Peak District. Not up to an ultra? There's also the option of Petit Raid - the Northern Loop which offers 20 miles of quality trail, hills, and views.

Starting at High Ashes Rural Project, the full route scribes a figure of 8 through the rural splendour of the Amber Valley. Highlights aplenty will greet you on your way. There are punchy climbs and engaging descents, expansive views and some of the most pleasant woodland trails you’ll find anywhere in the UK. This event has the makings of becoming one of the best “small” ultra trail races in England. Note, the route is largely unmarked (we do mark out a couple of the trickier sections). We provide route notes and gpx file as downloads however you will have to bring your own map with the route marked on (map can be a photocopy / screen print etc - anything to help you "not get lost")

The event has a 9-hour time limit.

Checkpoints. Each checkpoint has water, and checkpoint 1 and 3 has food too (granola and flapjack bars, bananas, crisps, individually wrapped savories, pizza, etc).

CP1 - Wessington 9 miles

CP2 - Fritchley 16 miles

CP3 - Wessington 21 miles

CP4 - Tupton  27 miles

Additionally, there are a number of self-clips to pass through.

Every finisher receives a medal. Winners' trophies for first M / F in each race.

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TRAINING COURSES

Our training sessions are designed with the client in mind with each session being capable of being tailored to meet the customer’s needs.

Delivery is focussed and friendly, patient and intuitive. Questions can be asked at any time without fear of upsetting the flow – we want everyone to leave feeling that they have really learned something and having gained the confidence to strike out on their own.
Small group size – unless stated, training courses have a maximum of 8 places. 
Patient delivery – everyone has different learning preferences and we can adapt the delivery to suit.
Friendly environment – we love delivering our training and welcome all to enjoy the countryside.
Fun – we all remember the fun times. A happy mind is an open, learning mind.
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guided runs & walks

Enjoy a sociable run or walk across beautiful countryside with the help of our run leaders.

Embracing physical activity in the fresh air is right up there for improving physical and mental health. Our guided runs and walks offer so much more than just exercise.

Check out our scheduled events or request bespoke guided adventure.

CAMPING

We love outdoor living and have a breadth of camping options to suit. From minimal impact wild camping – where we follow the principles of “Leave no Trace” to eco-glamping in our top of the range bell tent with all of its low impact services.

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Training for your group’s expedition. No matter what your starting level we can help you achieve your goals and have a memorable, life changing adventure.

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First Light Adventures offer trail races, training courses, guided runs and walks and wild camping in the Peak District, Derbyshire.

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hello@firstlightadventure.co.uk07741 488737
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