Being an area of outstanding natural beauty and covering an impressive 555 square miles, the Peak District became the United Kingdom’s first National Park in 1951.

12% of the Peak District is owned by the National Trust and boasts some wonderful areas for tourists to visit, including; Buxton, Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Castleton (overlooked by the mighty Mam Tor) and Matlock to name but only a few.

Tidyco’s very own Liga Aldermane lives within the Dovedale area of the South Peak District and is passionate about protecting the beauty of the surrounding countryside as well as supporting her local community.

Each year, Liga takes part in the ‘Dovedale Dash’ in order to raise money for local good causes.

The Dovedale Dash is a cross country race that spans 4 ¾ miles around the villages of Thorpe, Ashbourne and Dovedale.

This year the race attracted an impressive 1590 runners.

“Helping to preserve the natural beauty of the local area is really important to me.”

Liga explains; “The Peak District really is an amazing part of the world and I am proud to live in an area with such wonderful scenery.

Participating in the Dovedale Dash allows me to raise money to support my local community whilst also giving me the opportunity to set personal physical challenges.”

The Dovedale Dash spans some undeniably tough terrain, with one particular section of the race requiring runners to cross the well known ‘Stepping Stones’ over the River Dove.

2016 saw participants endure heavy sleet showers and bracing wind.

Liga came an outstanding 864th place out of 1590 runners, completing the race in 49 minutes and 19 seconds.

“I am really pleased with my result as the weather conditions were quite challenging.”

“I am still collecting sponsorship and am happy to be raising money to help preserve the Peak District.”

Liga is a well respected and much liked person within the Production Team here at Tidyco Ltd and has recently successfully completed a college course in order to acquire additional welding skills, allowing Tidyco Ltd to expand our service offering.

About the author

Barry Aldridge MCIM

Head of Marketing at Tidyco Limited and member of the Board of Directors for Midlands Rail Forum.