Welcome to the Lyme Park Trust 10 homepage.
This page has been designed to help keep all the important information about the Lyme Park Trust 10 events in one place. Ultimately, the information will be provided directly through the National Trust webpages, however until this feature is available, all details can be found here.
What is Trust 10?
Trust 10 is part of the National Trust’s initiative to encourage sport and exercise within their properties. Each participating property offers an approximate 10 kilometre route (6.2 miles) which is permanently signposted within the property.
On the 4th* Sunday of each month at 9am, each participating property organises a group event for people to run the route together.
The Lyme Park Trust 10 is designed as a running event and NOT A RACE. It is organised with a similar community feeling that you may have seen at parkrun.
* On occasions we may need to vary this if the 4th Sunday clashes with a major event e.g. Christmas Day or Easter. We’ll let you know in advance if that’s going to happen
How do you enter a Lyme Park Trust 10 event?
The monthly T10 is a free event.
It is a matter of turning up at 8.30am at registration and signing up on the day. This is a change from how we used to do it (to be in line with the national guidelines which have now been agreed).
At the end of the run, we’ll need you to ‘sign out’ on the same form so that we can account for everyone who has taken part.
Similarly, it’s important that if you decide you don’t want to finish the run to come back to registration and let us know (and sign out). Lyme Park is a big place and we take the health and safety of our runners seriously.
Registration is usually held in the Boilerhouse (which is the building at the far end of the Timber Yard) – just down from the main car park.
What is the Lyme Park Trust 10 route like?
Lyme Park contains a mixture of terrain including woodland, moorland, tarmac and trail paths.
Following a couple of comments from people not knowing what Lyme Park is like, we’ve put together the following information for you.
Most of the Lyme Park Trust 10 route is off-road, intentionally. In fact very little of it is on tarmac other than at the start and end.
This allows us to guide you around the Park to visit some of the beautiful landscapes we are so lucky to have.
Lyme Park is also pretty hilly. The Lyme Park Trust 10 route has been intentionally designed to be a little more challenging so that the runners get to see the best views from the route.
This is a map of the route:
This next graphic shows the elevation throughout the route so that you can understand what it is like to run:
How is the Lyme Park Trust 10 course signed?
There are numerous pink discs about 4″ in diameter which mark the route and also include distance markers at 2k, 4k, 6k, and 10k. In addition, there are marshals about the course to give you encouragement and to point you in the right direction. Essentially though, if you’re on a path, you need to stay on that path until a sign or marshal says otherwise. We’ve had a couple of occasions when runners have decided to turn off the route and over a stile which they should not have done!
Is the Lyme Park Trust 10 course accurately measured?
No. Although we have taken numerous GPS devices around the course to check the distance, GPS itself is not very accurate. We can say it’s roughly 10k but that’s all. The point is that this is a RUN and not a race.
Similarly, we use your runner number in order to give you a time. This is done manually using a stopwatch and then the Run Director sitting down with pen and paper to compile the times. As such, it’s not a quick process. However, your time will be shouted out to you as you cross the finish so listen out if you want to know straight away!!!
What footwear should I use?
This is a trail run with very little on tarmac (probably about 750m in total) and therefore you must wear running shoes with a lot of grip. Trail shoes are the most appropriate as they have a lot more grip than road shoes. You will quite likely slip over with Road Shoes.
That said, as with any trail running, the surface is uneven and so even with the right shoes, make sure you keep an eye on where your feet are going and pay heed to any signs on the route or notices given by the Run Director prior to the start of the run.
Can I walk the route on event day?
We rely on volunteers to marshal the route on event day which obviously takes up their time on a Sunday morning. Therefore we request that you try to run as much of the course as possible on event day. if you are wanting to have a wander and walk at your leisure please do this at another time. The route is permanently marked out and you can pick up a map from the information hut so you won’t get lost!
Please be courteous!
The Park is open to other users whilst the Trust 10 event is taking place. Therefore please be mindful of this as you go around and be courteous to other visitors. Do not wait around at stiles as these tend to be the places where the route can naturally become a bottleneck so we don’t want to make that any worse as it affects other runners as well as other Park users. That said, equally we hope that other visitors will reciprocate the courtesy – do let us know of any problems on this front and we will endeavor to deal with them accordingly.
Can I get involved?
The whole event relies on volunteers to do the registration, marshaling and time-keeping. Without volunteers, Lyme Park Trust 10 simply would not be able to happen. Put simply, if we don’t have enough volunteers to cover the marshaling positions, the event cannot go ahead. We need about 10-12 volunteers per event. Therefore please consider helping us out on one (or more!) of the event days. Get in touch via this link.
Is there a Frequently Asked Questions document?
Yes, click here to view it. Some of the points above are also covered in it.
How fast is the course?
This is not a PB course! As a trail run with a couple of decent climbs this course lives up to it’s tagline of ‘Brutal but Beautiful’. Trail running is often less about speed and more about the experience and the challenge. Tarmac is often flat, but quite dull (I’m a road runner myself so I’m not being biased against it!)
So if you’re taking part, focus on the wonderful scenery you’re visiting, look at the magnificent views and enjoy the experience. We give you a time at the end for your own information.
For information purposes our course records are
- Men: 39m21s (Mussie Kassa – March 2017)
- Ladies: 44m50s (Ruth Sinclair – April 2017)
Is there somewhere I can find the finish times?
Going forward this depends on whether we have enough volunteers to cover the marshaling of the event (see above). This is a run and not a race, and therefore timing is very much a nice-to-have rather than something which is essential to the event. The safety of the runners and other park visitors is far more important and hence getting all the marshal positions filled is our priority.
The results to date are shown below. Prior to February 2017 I compiled the times by hand. However that took about 3 hours post event which was getting a bit much. Since February I’ve adopted Webscorer to record the times against your running number. We record the time as a bit of fun for people although this isn’t part of the T10 directive from National Trust. If you’re really concerned about your time, I would suggest you use a running watch or an app on your smartphone (iSmoothrun or Strava for instance) to record the data.