About Us


Moors and Dales Races is run by Carol and Dave Murray. Having lived in Northallerton and run in the North Yorkshire Moors and Dales for the last 20 years, we established MaD Races because we wanted to offer events that took advantage of the amazing local terrain, scenery and attractions. We offer races for all runners, from beginners through to established athletes. We have had years of experience racing in various events, and hope that our insight into what makes a great event is reflected in the races we offer, allowing you to come along and enjoy the race day.

We have both competed in all sorts of events, ranging from low key local races, to international World Championship events. We know what makes a good race for competitors.

Carol has been competing in triathlons since 2005, in all distances from sprint to Ironman. However, her real love is running, especially trail running. She has run more races than she can recall, including several ultramarathons. Although Carol has now competed in over 10 standalone marathons, she has covered the marathon distance more times outside of “marathons” than as marathon races!

Having been a cyclist since a teenager, Dave did his first triathlon in 1985. Since then, he has competed in all distances from sprint to Ironman. Always on the lookout for something new, he’s competed in several marathons, adventure races, and just started the long road to ultramarathons.

Both of us have competed for the GB Age Group team in the European Long Course Duathlon championships, and the Long Course Triathlon World Championships.

What we aim to provide


We aim to provide a well-run race that is designed around the competitor. We know that most competitors have someone else who tolerates their obsessions, so we also aim to put on races in areas that are spectator friendly, and will highlight local attractions for your family to visit whilst you are racing. If your “tolerant other” is interested, why not see if they want to volunteer as a helper? We are always on the lookout for volunteers, and for every volunteer, we can provide a complimentary entry into another of our races. That could be another pair of shoes from the money they save for you!

We aim to put on a well organised and enjoyable event for both participants and community alike, and hope to promote what we feel are the considerable charms and beauty of the area with our choice of route.

Our races feature


Well tested routes

We run the courses multiple times, and aim to choose courses that are varied, challenging, and which provide the very best of the amazing scenery.

A shorter and a longer distance race

Different people like different events….. You may be starting out in trail running and if so our shorter courses are an ideal introduction. We welcome all abilities and are keen to share our passion for trail running with all newcomers. Or you may be seeking out an interesting practice race before a longer event, or looking for the challenge of a longer distance but feel that a marathon is too great a step. Our longer courses are your ideal next step!

Well signposted and taped courses

You don’t need to map-read while you run: we provide signposted and taped courses, with marshals at key points. Detailed course descriptions are available on the specific race details page. Having said this, all competitors should carry a copy of the route map/description and compass with them, just in case you run into difficulties. We also can’t guarantee that tape and arrows will not sometimes go missing (either accidentally, or deliberately). We’d advise you at least know how to use a compass to find your route.

GPS downloads

We will provide a GPS track that you can download. The final route is usually made available in the weeks before the event, just in case there are any last minute amendments needed to the course.

A safe experience for competitors

All our events have been well risk assessed, and approved by the local council Safety Advisory Group. We check runners through at various checkpoints to ensure they are all accounted for. We ensure that there is adequate first aid cover, by experienced providers, who know the local area. For instance, the Falls and Castles Race first aid cover is provided by Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team.

Sweeper runner

All our races have a sweeper runner to ensure that everyone is accounted for. They will also keep you company if you want!

We support the local community

We aim to highlight local businesses and tourist attractions. If you are a local business, we are happy to link to you on our website. If you are interested in greater sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at carol@madraces.co.uk

We support the local environment

We make a £1 donation per runner to the local National Park/National Trail and Mountain Rescue Teams, who support the areas we run in.