The Duergar Nightcrawler | FAQ
10 Mile Night Trail Run
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Is The Route Fully Marked?

The course will be marshalled as well as having directional signs and tape on course. If you are using an electronic navigation device we will be making a GPX file of the course available for download.

How Difficult is the Route?

The 10 mile course is a single loop. 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.

What should I do if I see a Duergar?


Are There Cut Off Times?

There are no strict cut-off times in force, however we will look to close the course at 10.00pm. We’ll only pull you off the course if we think it is needed or severe weather. There will be a sweeper at the rear of the course, so you won’t get left behind!

Do I need to register in advance?

Yes. All participants must enter in advance using our online booking.

What are the recommended kit requirements for the run?

  • 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.

What should I wear?

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. Regarding footwear, it would be sensible to wear off road trainers/trail shoes given almost all of the routes are on this terrain.

What does my entry fee provide?

Amongst other things the entry fee provides you with a running number, full race support provided by the event crew including assistance as necessary, such as race drop-out support, medical cover and route marking. Finishers will also receive a t-shirt.

What is the Maximum Number of Entrants for this Race?

The total number of competitors in the event will be limited to 400.

What is the Latest I can Sign Up?

We will close entry to the event 14 days prior to the race or when the maximum number of entrants is reached.

Can I Enter on the Day of the Race?

We may accept entries on the night if the event is not sold out. Check our Facebook page for last minute updates or drop us a line to find out.

Do I need a support team?

No. We will marshal the event and make sure you get round OK. You will need to bring essentials such as a kit list/compulsory items mentioned.

What happens if I drop out during the event?

We encourage anyone to try as hard as they can but there is no point in going beyond your limits. Injury, fitness or even a family emergency may mean you have to leave the event. If this happens at any point after you have registered and collected you bib 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!

If I need to withdraw before the day of the race itself, is there a refund policy?

Unfortunately we are unable to offer any refunds if you need to withdraw from the race. We are unable to defer entries to subsequent years.

What happens if the event is cancelled or abandoned?

We may need to modify the route or even cancel the event, if circumstances beyond our reasonable control arise, such as, but not limited, to a force majeure (event that is a result of nature e.g. severe flooding). Should this arise and it is deemed to negatively impact upon the safety of the event we will communicate this to you as soon as practicable via the e-mail address you have provided. A decision to cancel the event may in extreme circumstances be taken on the day or during the course of the event. The safety of competitors, spectators and race officials and volunteers is our overriding priority.

Should the event be cancelled we will do everything possible to reschedule the event to a future date. All entries will be carried forward to this new date. Should the event be cancelled due to these circumstances and due to the fixed costs associated with the event we will not be able to provide refunds on this basis.

In the event of abandonment, postponement or cancellation of the event we will have no responsibility for any associated costs of competitors including travel and accommodation costs.

Are there Age Limits for Participants?

Yes. All runners must be 18 or over on the day of the event.


Can I bring my dog?

Unfortunately, due to restrictions under UKA rules, dogs are not permitted onto the course.

Can we stay the night of the event?

Newcastle House Hotel is the venue for the event and they also have accommodation available, so this is the perfect place to stay! Get in contact with them here. Rothbury and the surrounding area are also full of accommodation options. A quick search on Google will bring up lots of options.

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