The Duergar Nightcrawler | Event Info
10 Mile Night Trail Run
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Event Info


6.00pm – Saturday 19th February 2022



For 2020 The Duergar Nightcrawler has a new venue which is the Newcastle House Hotel in Rothbury, located on Front Street, which is an ideal venue for supporters as well as runners.

Newcastle House, Front Street, Rothbury, Northumberland, NE65 7UT.


How much?

Entry fee is £32 which includes a finishers t-shirt and a complimentary cup of hot mulled wine – that’s after you’ve crossed the finish line! (Additional £2 if you are not a member of a UKA affiliated running club.)


Event Schedule

16:00 – Registration opens

17:40 – Registration closes

17:50 – Compulsory Safety Briefing (start line)

18:00 – Start of The Duergar Night Trail Run

19:30 – Till late – Post Run refreshments available including a complimentary cup of hot spiced wine.

21.30 – Run course closes



Free parking is available across the river at Haugh Car Park, which is a 300m walk to Registration.


Run numbers for this year’s event will be posted out 7 days prior to the event and will be sent to the address that you supply when you register.




Please come to Newcastle House Hotel between 4.00pm – 5.40pm to sign in before the race. We will then require you to sign out at the end of the race before you can collect your T shirt (and get your free cup of hot mulled wine!). This is for your safety. If you do not sign in, then you go wandering off course or get eaten by The Duergar, then we will not know to come looking for you.



What you will need to bring

One of your most important pieces of kit for a night time trail run will be a high-quality head torch.  We’re pleased to announce that Chilli Technology is supporting this year’s event and are providing a great pre-event offer on their NEW 800 Lumens CREE Head Torch. If you still need to purchase a head torch or are looking for a higher performance model, then check out their offer, as they can despatch 1st class in time for the event, if ordered soon. Click here for the Duergar Pre Event Deal.

Please wear clothing that you are comfortable running in but also suitable for the weather conditions and also the significant climatic changes which can take place over the duration of the event at this time of year.


  • Off road trainers/trail shoes.
  • Headtorch (check this is fully charged)
  • Full body cover (either worn or carried) including waterproof jacket
  • Mobile phone. It can be a vital lifeline in an emergency.
  • Emergency foil space blanket
  • Emergency whistle
  • Enough fluid/nutrition for a 10 mile run


We rely on you using your own experience and judgement about what additional equipment you may want to bring.


Run Route

The 10 mile course is a single loop which will start from Haugh Car Park (300m from Newcastle House Hotel) and finish at Newcastle House Hotel in Rothbury. The route follows paths and trails as it climbs the top of Simonside Crag which is almost the midway point then after the short but steep descent from the top of the crags (approach with caution), the route snakes through woodland trails before descending down the trail back into Rothbury.  The course will be marshalled as well as having directional signs and tape on course. The trails are a mixture of gravel and trail path with some rocky sections to negotiate, so please note that appropriate trail shoes must be worn, road running shoes will not be suitable for this event.


Feed Station

There will be one feed station on the course which doubles up as the 2 mile & 7.5 mile distances that will provide water and Scooby snacks.


Run Timing

The event is a non-competitive run and will not use chip timing, however, we will record finish times and will make these available after the event on the website. Please ensure your run number is visible after you cross the finish line. If you drop out of the event at any time after you have registered and collected your run number, then you must go to the nearest checkpoint/marshal or Registration and let them know you are dropping out.  We will have a final count of who has finished so if you drop out and don’t notify us then we’ll presume you are missing and a lot of people will start looking for you!


Refreshments at the finish

All finishers can enjoy a complimentary cup of hot spiced wine and throughout the evening Newcastle House Hotel will have available a variety of refreshments, including hot food. If you would like hot food after you have finished, then we’d advise that you pre-order before the run to avoid disappointment.



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