Athletics, Cycling and Paws at the Darley Moor Centre

Tuesday February 20, 2024 at 11:02am

As the Darley Moor Motor Cycle Road Race Club enters its 60th year it seems an ideal opportunity to show that the formerly known Darley Moor Motorsport Centre, on the A515, near Ashbourne, in the Derbyshire Dales (DE6 2ET or What3words: bounty.behalf.charm) is for far more than just motorsport these days. 

Originally opened in June 1942 as RAF Darley Moor and used for training purposes by the No.42 Operational Training Unit.  Following the Second World War it was in use until 1954 for ordnance servicing and storage. 

The majority of concrete runways were converted into Darley Moor racetrack by the West Midlands Racing Club, which then became the Darley Moor Motor Cycle Road Race Club, initially taking a 12month lease and laying the first racing surface, in 1965, at a cost of £2,000, with the help of the now familiar ‘Work Party’ consisting of 20 eager volunteers, from a membership of 500 people.

The range of events that take place now has increased dramatically, covering not just two, three and four-wheeled motorsport, but two and four-legged sports events, a driver training area for Derbyshire and Staffordshire Police Forces, plus safety and accident prevention training by ROSPA Derbyshire and the Institute of Accident Investigators.  In addition to these sporting and training events several companies will be using the area for testing their products, whilst Scout groups and Caravan Clubs will be using the camping areas and there is even due to be a Guinness World Record attempt later in the year.  To highlight the extra activity taking place a second website is being constructed,, which will publicise all non-motorsport activity.  Once this site is live, around mid-March 2024, there will be the ability to easily switch between that and the original motorsport dedicated .

A welcome and integral part of the Motorsport Centre, since 1988, has been the Darley Diner, a café in the heart of the Paddock area.  However, for this 60th year the building has received a significant upgrade over the Winter and has now been renamed the ‘Chequered Flag Café’, but rather than just being open for the events it will now be open every weekend and Bank Holidays, except Christmas and New Years Day, from 2nd March 2024.  Other than the motorsport weekends, which require an Entry Fee on the gate, the doors will be open and access free of charge for anybody to come in and use the facility. 

The Chequered Flag Café, although with its motorsport history will now offer a warm welcome and refreshments for cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers enjoying the roads around the Derbyshire Dales, or the ramblers and dog walkers meandering across the numerous footpaths in the area, passing through and skirting around the Darley Moor Motorsport Centre, approximately 15miles from Matlock Baths, one of the Country’s first true tourist destinations.  Whether you are just passing through or maybe using the ‘draw’ of the Chequered Flag Café to have the opportunity of viewing the efforts of the many Clubs that hold their events at the Darely Moor Motorsport Centre, the Café will offer a range of welcome refreshments to start/finish, or just a break in your chosen weekend activity.

The Darley Moor Motor Cycle Road Race Club’s events will have a large variety of machinery taking to the track.  On any one of this year’s six Championship rounds there will be events for modern and classic solo racing and road-based machines, from 125cc – 1300cc, for sidecar outfits from 600cc – 1300cc and, for fans of four-wheeled motorsport, the Superkart UK Club have two races at each Round, with the exception of the pinnacle event of the season, the Richardson Stars at Darley, at the end of the season.  On top of the regular activities at any Club Championship Round there are many ‘celebrations’ being planned throughout the season for this 60th Anniversary year, which will be highlighted closer to each Round.

For fans of classic machinery there are also events organised by the British Historic Racing Club and the Classic Racing Motor Cycle Club.

As a guide to who, what and when activities are taking place, below are a list of events, to date, throughout the year:


Darley Moor Motor Cycle Road Race Club Championship

Test Day & Round 1(with Superkarting UK)                          13th & 14th April

Round 2 (with Superkarting UK)                                              16th June

Round 3 (with Superkarting UK)                                              11th August

Round 4 (with Superkarting UK)                                              8th  September

Round 5 & 6 (incl Richardson Stars at Darley)                      5th & 6th October

Darley Moor Motor Cycle Road Race Club

Motorcycle Track Days for all                     5th April, 17th May, 31st May, 28th June, 26th July, 23rd August, 20th September


British Historic Racing Club

Test Day                                                                                         22nd March

Club Championship Rounds                                                      6th & 7th July


Classic Racing Motorcycle Club

Club Championship Round                                                        4th & 5th May


Superkart UK

Karting Training Day                       24th April, 22nd May, 19th June, 24th July, 28th August, 25th September

Motorsport Training by Darley Moor Motor Cycle Road Race Club

Marshals Seminar Training Day                                               25th February

Technical Seminar                                                                        3rd March

ACU Basic Compulsory Training Course                                 3rd March

ACU Basic Rider Assessment Course                                       4th March



Crazy Legs Events

Junior Duathlon races                                                                 25th May & 14th September

Adult Duathlon races                                                                  26th May & 15th September

‘Try A Race’ 5k & 10k new Competitors                                 27th May


CYCLING (Training, Coaching & Racing)

Ashbourne Tri Club                                                                     10th Feb & 23rd March

Ashby Ivanhoe Club                                                                   2nd March

Ashfield Road Club                                                                     16th March, 20th April, 18th May, 29th June, 27th July, 24th August

BCF (?)                                                                                            18th April

Belper BC  (Bicycle Club?)                                                          9th May, 6th June, 11th July, 8th Aug, 5th September

British Human Power Club (Recumbant cycle racing)       12th & 13th Oct

British Triathlon Association                                                    11th February, 19th May

Cycle Bavarian                                                                              3rd March

Cycle Mickleover                                                                         18th April, 16th May, 13th June, 18th July, 15th August, 12th September

Manchester Bicycle Club                                                           10th March

Matlock Cycle Club                                                                     7th April, 11th May, 1st June, 9th June, 14th July, 18th August, 22nd September

Modart Cycling Club                                                                   17th March, 6th April,

1st September


Agility Vision                                                                                 29th March

Barking 4 Dogs (Flyball Teams Dog Racing)                          27th April, 20th July


2023 Darley Moor Motor Cycle Road Race Champions

Open Solos                                                                     Matthew Bell, 89pts       

Open Sidecars                                                               Steve Thomas/Danny Lewis

Lightweight Solos                                                         Peter Fell

Formula 600                                                                   Mark Goodings

Formula 600 Sidecar                                                    Howard Baker/Mike Killingsworth

Pre-Electronic 600/750 Twin                                     Adam Sheriff

700 Twins                                                                       David Carson

Honda CB500 & Suzuki Bandit                                  Matt Zschiesche

Pre-Injection Open Solo                                             Stuart Bradbury

Forgotten Era & Classic 1300                                    Mark Brailsford

Forgotten Era 500 & Classic 500                               Steve Price

Forgotten Era & Classic 250                                       Iain Davis

Wilson Trophy                                                              Peter Fell

Darley Cup 2023                                                           David Carson

Ben Godfrey Trophy                                                    Matthew Bell

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