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We have a new web page about the Whitworth Thread on the Matlock Athletics Club events pages:

Please head there for up-to-date info about the Whitworth Thread as this website is no longer maintained.

We are also on Facebook here:



What is it?

 A 5km run over 3 laps around Whitworth Park, Darley Dale, Matlock.

When is it?

Our regular timed Thread takes place on the 2nd Saturday of each month starting at 9.00am. There's nothing to stop people running a ‘Loose Thread’ – basically the Thread without the officiating.

Can I just turn up and Run?

You only need to register once and then you can turn up and run every other time!

New runners can register on the day with your full name, email, date of birth and £1.  Please come earlier to register.  Volunteers will be around the monument from 8.30am.

At each official monthly run we collect £1 voluntary donation for charity, see the ‘Charity’  page for more information!

Who is it for?

Everybody!  Whether you’re a regular runner or always wanted to get that little bit fitter these events are for everyone, just turn up and enjoy yourself. You can jog all 3 laps, or choose to do less (2 or 1 lap) and even walk the route as that first step towards improving your fitness and general well-being. 

Our oldest runner so far is over 80 years of age with our youngest being a 3 year old toddling around with her dad! You'll be caught up with the enthusiasm of others and the atmosphere within the park - so much easier than running alone.

What's the route?

Our run is entirely within the Whitworth Park consists of three 1 mile laps. The route is tarmac with short downhill and uphill sections and "threads" it's way around the park.

Marshals are dotted at various points to help direct you. There's no obligation to run the whole of the route - set your own targets and try your best.

How Can I Find Out More?

For more information email

If you are new to running please take a look at our health and safety advice.

Whitworth Thread is licensed by England Athletics as an unmeasured road race Event License Number 2023-46647. 

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