Aldi Ashby 20 mile road race

ALDI ASHBY 20 2019

Well done everyone that completed the Aldi Ashby 20 on 24th March. What fantastic weather, compared to last year's Beast from the East cancellation! We hope you like your hoodies! 

Massive thanks as well to all those people that made the event possible - Ivanhoe Runners (obviously), our headline sponsors Aldi, the Ashby Endurance Explorer Scouts, the Rotary Club of Ashby Castle, Conkers parkrun, The Derby Runner, Leicestershire Search and Rescue, Radar Roadshow, Pladis, the massuer team from Loughborough College,  and many more..

A great race, organised by runners for runners. Good luck if you are doing a Spring marathon.  

The 2020 race will be held on Sunday 15th March 2020. So, the Ashby 202020..... one not to be missed. 

ALDI ASHBY 20 2018


Massive thanks to the Ashby Endurance Explorer Scout unit who helped us label, pack and post all the remaining hoodies out to you guys. So look out for them soon!

We think in all the excitement and different delivery options, some of you may accidentally end up with two hoodies. If so, either drop it back to us if convenient at Conkers parkrun or Derby Runner, or give it to a deserving cause.

Any queries from here on in, please email

Many thanks for your great support.


Hi all. Thank you everyone that made your selections by Saturday night closing date, we now know the hoodies we need to get out. 

For the following clubs in the Derby and Nottingham area, Derby Runner now have your hoodies boxed / bagged up ready for collection. As discussed and to avoid confusion, could one person from each club please pick these up on behalf of the whole club. Derby Runner will take any race numbers from you that you can return please. The clubs are Ashbourne Running Club, Beeston AC, Derby Triathlon Club, Derwent Runners, Erewash Valley, Heanor Running Club, Ilkeston Running Club, Kimberley & District Striders, Long Eaton running Club, Mansfield Harriers, Mickleover Running Club, North Derbyshire RC, Notts AC, Notts Women Runners, Redhill Road Runners, Shelton Striders, Sinfin Running Club, Team Derby Runner. 

Derby Runner also have a small stock of hoodies for any other individuals in the area that can pick up from there on production of a race number - but please do that by next Sunday night (8th April), as we will be posting out hoodies from Monday 9th April and do not want to duplicate. 

For the following clubs in the Newark and Lincoln areas, we are shipping hoodies to be available at Newark parkrun next Saturday (7th April) - Lincoln & District Runners, Lincoln Wellington AC, Newark Striders Running Club, Notfast RC, Rushcliffe AC. If this is not convenient please get in touch with Bob White. Bob will also have hoodies for a number of individuals already agreed with him. 

All other requested hoodies will be posted out from next Monday (9th April).

Refunds should be processed this week.

If there are any queries please contact 


Aldi Ashby 20 Race Committee


Hi all, it is great to see our Aldi Ashby 20 hoodies hitting the streets, despite the sadness of no race! It is now time to acquaint the rest of you with your sapphire blue hoodies as soon as possible.

Before next Saturday night's closing date for selecting Options:

1. For anyone local to Ashby or passing through next weekend, we will be distributing hoodies at Conkers parkrun 8.30 - 10.30am this Saturday, 31st March. Please bring your race number if you still have it. 

2. If this is too early in the day for you, there's another distribution 11am - 2pm at Legion House, South Street, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 1BQ (Town Council offices). Again, please bring your race number.

After next Saturday night's closing date for selecting Options:

3. For clubs in the Derby / Nottingham area: Our great friends at Derby Runner ( are helping us out with hoodie distribution. We will box up all the hoodies for the major clubs in the area for collection from Derby Runner, ideally by one individual from each club. We will contact those clubs in the next couple of days (via Facebook) to confirm if this is possible. Ideally we would like race numbers returned as both proof of entry but also because we can recycle numbers for next year.

4. For individuals in the Derby / Nottingham area: Derby Runner will have a stock of hoodies for anyone who can get to the store. On production of a race number they can let you have a hoodie.

5. For clubs in the Newark / Lincoln / Grantham area: We will box-up all the hoodies for the major clubs in the area and ship them to one of our members who is Newark-based. We will contact those clubs in the next couple of days (via Facebook) to confirm if this is possible. Ideally we would like race numbers returned as both proof of entry but also because we can recycle numbers for next year.

6. For any individuals not covered above, from Tuesday next week we will be mailing out your hoodie - unless you contact us in the meantime via with a better plan!

Many thanks for your patience at what has been a testing time for us. If you have any questions please contact us via, as we can track this better than Facebook etc.

Yours in running

Aldi Ashby 20 Race Committee


Thanks everyone for your response to our Runners Options email and posts, and keep your options coming in to Si Entries if you haven't yet done it. 

We have decided to do a hoodie distribution at the Leicestershire Road Running League race, the Desford 5, on Sunday 25th March (this Sunday). It would be really helpful if a couple of representatives from any club attending could collect race numbers from those in your club that want a hoodie, and then come to our stall from 9am on Sunday - look for two ladies in the blue hoodies ! 

We would like the numbers back not only as proof of entry, but also because we may be able to recycle them, which would be great. We will also have a checklist of who we are expecting from each club so we can tick names off. 

If you are an individual running the Desford 5, or even in the area and want to pick up your hoodie, please pop along. 

We are keen to get hoodies to you all and will announce further plans for distribution shortly. 

Many thanks

Aldi Ashby 20 Race Committee


Hi all,

Many thanks for your continued show of support for us on social media - your feedback has been invaluable in crafting our response.

With a clearer picture of costs we cannot avoid, we have worked out the options below that reflect the financial loss the event can stand, without jeopardising the future of the race.

Firstly, we can confirm that ALL runners on the 2018 start list will receive priority entry to the 2019 race at the prevailing entry fee.

Secondly, you can click via the link in the email you have received (in INSTRUCTIONS section) to access your entry on SiEntries and choose ONE of the following FOUR options:

1. Please keep my entry fee, I don’t want a hoodie;
2. Please give me a hoodie,
3. Please give me a £10 refund, or
4. Please give me a £10 refund and a hoodie.

You have until midnight on Saturday 31st March to respond; if there is no response Option 1 applies.

By then we will know the least-cost option to get hoodies to you - we have seen some great suggestions on social media and will keep you informed. Please hold on to your number as we may distribute by hand locally and will want your number as proof of entry.

Any monies not refunded will be used firstly to guarantee the continued running of the event, and then a donation to charities including Teenage Cancer Trust.

Any hoodies not sent out will firstly be sold to our volunteers to mitigate event losses, with the surplus hoodies donated to local charities.

More details can be found in the Cancellation Q & A's on the event website.

Thank you for being great Aldi Ashby 20 supporters

Aldi Ashby 20 Race Committee


Hi all.

Firstly, many thanks for all the positive feedback on social media - we knew that Aldi Ashby 20 runners are the best!

Secondly, we promised to get back to you early next week, but having read some of your comments, we wanted to confirm straight away that if you were running today, YOU WILL GET YOUR HOODIE.  But please keep your race number safe until we have worked out all the logistics. 

We are meeting frequently to consider everything else, and we are taking account of your helpful comments - please keep them coming ! 

So, expect another update early next week. 

And, just in case you were wondering - we have snow in Ashby! 

Aldi Ashby 20 Race Committee


Further to yesterday's communication cancelling the event due to the serious adverse weather forecast, we can give the following update for entrants. 

1. We are working with the various event suppliers to assess our financial position given the costs already incurred, and what can be mitigated. Once we have a clear view on that we will communicate what level of refund can be made, and also what we do about the event hoodies - which we intend that all entrants should receive. We expect to communicate this early next week

2. Due to the specific timing of the event ahead of Spring marathons, and the complexity and time involved in organising an event of this scale, regrettably the event WILL NOT be rescheduled. 

3. We are unable to offer deferrals to next year. 

We thank everyone for the support we have seen on social media and elsewhere for the tough decision we have had to make. We would ask that people do not try to run the route this Sunday, as without proper road closures it is unsafe to do so - whatever the weather conditions. 

Thank you. 

Aldi Ashby 20 Race Committee 


It is with deep regret that the Aldi Ashby 20 Road Race due to be held on Sunday 18th March has been cancelled due to the forecast weather conditions. 

The Met Office currently have a Yellow warning of snow and ice in place for the area between Friday 18.00 and Saturday 16.00, and a more severe Amber warning from Saturday 16.00 until 9.00 Sunday, followed by further Yellow warnings. In addition, the "feels like" temperature, taking into account strong winds,  is forecast to be as low as -9 degrees Celsius. 

The organisers have not taken the decision lightly, having consulted with the local authorities and emergency services and taken into account the best interests of competitors, supporters, helpers, emergency services and the local communities. 

Furthermore, with many competitors travelling from all over the country for this popular race, and with over 260 volunteers required to be on the course for over 6 hours in most cases, it is the correct decision to make at this time to protect everyone's welfare. 

A further announcement specifically relating to impact on entrants will be made in due course, once the Race Committee have assesses their options. 

Many thanks for your understanding and your support for this tough decision. 

THE 2018 RACE AND WAITING LIST BOTH FULL. The 2018 race filled in less than 40 minutes ! List of those successful is on the Ashby 20 website at  . 

2017 Race - They think it's all over .......... it is now!

Congratulations to anyone involved in the 2017 Aldi Ashby 20.  A record 1,321 runners completed the course on a thankfully fine day.

Thanks go to the many organisation that supported Ivanhoe Runners in staging the best Aldi Ashby 20 so far. These include our main sponsors Aldi, but also all the following organisations, companies and individuals:

Endurance Explorer Scout Unit, Rotary Club of Ashby Castle, Ashby Town Council, North West Leicestershire District Council, Dave Chimley (MRTC), Leicestershire Search and Rescue, Richard Nevin and National Forest First Responders, Dr's Chris Trzcinski and Ruth Green, Midlands School of Massage and Manipulative Therapy, Conkers parkrunners, Newark parkrunners, pladis, Fuel Ashby, St. Helens Chruch, Derby Runner, Hood Park Leisure Centre, Manor House School, Louise Pearce and Alison Salter, Ivanhoe College, Ashby Cricket Club, Traffic Management Solutions, HS Sports Timing, Dean and Smedley, Smithards Bakery, Hermitage FM, D and J Catering.......

Full results are on the event website.

Next years race will again be five weeks before the London Marathon (22nd April) ..... so that is Sunday 18th March 2018. Watch out for our on-line entry opening date....

2017 Race Sunday 19th March - entries closed

With many of you preparing for your Spring marathons we are pleased to announce that the 29th Ashby 20 will be taking place on Sunday 19th March 2017, 5 weeks before the London marathon.

With unprecedented demand for the 1,500 places available, the 2017 race opened for entries at 7pm on 17th October 2016 but filled in 2 hours 40 minutes! If you have been lucky enough to secure an entry but now cannot do the race, there is the opportunity to pass your number to a fellow runner - please go to the event website.

Building on over a quarter of a century of success, Ivanhoe Runners philosophy is to provide a value for money, quality 20 mile race organised by runners, for runners. We believe we are THE premier pre-London/Spring Marathon training race, backed up by our BARR gold standard rating and consistently high rating in Runner’s World. Our aim remains simply to give you the best possible event we can.

In 2015 we introduced road closures around the route on the runners side of the road for your safety. This was a great success and much-appreciated by runners so it is now a permanent feature. As in 2016, for 2017 we are using SiEntries, which means that you can amend your entry, and even swap yourself to a team-mate or friend if you cannot make the race. This is another step towards ensuring that runners DON’T run on somebody else’s number!

This race delivers incredible value for money, with a traffic-free safe route, top quality facilities and organisation, great drinks stations, and the legendary Ashby 20 hoodie and goody bag!

The ALDI Ashby 20 race team thank you for your support and we sincerely hope you achieve your race goals, whether you are aiming for a Spring marathon or have other aspirations in the running and racing world.

We look forward to seeing you in 2017.

Richard Bebbington
Race Director

Race information is on the event website at

Ashby 20 course map

Race reviews at runners world
(free registration required)


Richard Bebbington - Race Director

Vacant - Deputy Race Director

Mukesh Deva / Roger Beaven - Head of Road Closure

Karen Bell - Chief Marshall

Teresa Talbott - Deputy Chief Marshall

Chris Trzinski - Medical Director

Alan Edwards / Andrea Trickett - Treasurer, Course Set-up

Patrick Horn - Procurement

Mandy Morris - Website

Grania Towle - Entries

Zoe Allery - Entries / Hood Park Race Day Manager

Tim Sturla - Drinks Station Manager

Dave Allery - Start and Finish Manager

Kevin Sanders - Volunteer Co-ordinator, Starter, Commentator

Keith Baron - Road Closure Manager

Angela Bebbington - Car Park Manager

Sue Tait - Publicity, Race Programme

Ruth Enion, Heather Swan - Community Liaison

Mark Eydman - Race Day Communications Manager

plus all Ivanhoe Runners and many other organisations who help before and on the day...

Page last updated by Kevin Sanders on 27 March 2019 at 18:28