Feature articles about activity

If you are looking for some inspiration check out these feature articles:

Activity for younger people

Crich Monument Race

Fitness fortnight 2018

Tips to take up running

Tour de Crich

Local organisations

List of local organisations with links either to sub pages or their own websites.

ACE - Active Crich for Everyone

Rachel Jennings in a relaxed yoga pose

by Rachel Jennings

Scroll down this page to see details about Free Taster Events coming soon. There is also a list of active groups and sessions with contact details so whether it's yoga or pool, walking or ballroom, there's something there for you.

A bit like The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, ACE was formerly known as Fitness Fortnight! The name change is something that came out of looking back at Crich’s first Fitness Fortnight in July 2019, and listening to the feedback on how we could improve it.

Trish Howard first came up with the idea of a healthy village mark – like Britain in Bloom – involving schools, and asked me to come on board.

Some people found the word ‘fitness’ off-putting and, as the point is to be inclusive and get everyone involved, we came up with a new, more welcoming name: Active Crich for Everyone. ACE!

I’m already involved in people’s health as an osteopath and getting them more active (teaching yoga), and I know what it’s like to move into the village and not know anyone. I also know how important community is for mental health and wellbeing. So it was a no-brainer – I was completely sucked in!

Trish and I batted ideas around over a cuppa. We came up with a plan to organise a fortnight of fun events leading up to the annual fete, use the tents the day after the fete, and pull together a listing of the activities that were actually on in Crich, so people knew about all the existing classes, teachers and venues.

ACE Yoga
ACE Yoga

So with Linda, Kate, Phil, Sara, Dom and Geoff’s help, we got the list together. We set about organising free tasters and events at venues including the Glebe Field Centre and the Tramway Village. We put on a retro disco, did lots of yoga, mindfulness and total fitness in the fete tents, and natural running and a village rounders match on the rec. Alongside all that, we did a fabulous fun run from The Cliff Inn with Jog Derbyshire and held a retro disco. 

We now plan events all year around. So keep an eye on Crich Standard's events calendar and our Facebook page for up to the minute details

We’re really keen to get new people on board at ACE with ideas, energy, and just more hands on deck to make the fortnight even better. You don’t need a mankini or six-pack to help. Although a different kind of six-pack may be welcome at meet-ups…

If you would like to get in touch call or text Rachel on  07877 320723 or Follow us on Facebook

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Summer Programme

Keep a look out here for our summer programme!

The first edition of Crich Standard was full of ideas on how you and your family can get involved in active pursuits in the local area so we've pulled together a directory of organisations and groups, with contact information and days and times of classes/activities. There are options for all ages and fitness levels. Take a look to see if there’s something that appeals to you.

If your active passion is missing from our list, you could even start a new group!



Contact Name


Ballroom/Latin/Modern & Sequence Dance Crich Glebe Field Centre Kath Cresswell 01773 872022
Chair based Yoga (dementia friendly) Crich Glebe Field Centre Frances James 01773 852692
Children’s Dance Class (3 classes - Tots, Juniors, Teens) Crich Glebe Field Centre Kath Cresswell 01773 872022
Circuit Training Scout Hut Sarah Poplar 07876 342201
Cliff Inn Cricket The Cliff Inn, Crich Alistair Varley 01773 857037
Crich Walking Group Meet in Market Place Bus Stop Peter Herbert 07591 227123
Dru Yoga Crich Glebe Field Centre Sue Copson 077591 61649
Indoor Bowls Crich Glebe Field Centre Roger Phipp 01773 857762
Jog Crich Meet outside Crich Butchers Ian Travers 07973 600989
Line Dancing Crich Glebe Field Centre Michael Flint 07837 800786
Line Dancing Crich Glebe Field Centre Mrs Riddings 01773 853455
Pilates (beginners) Scout Hut Zenny Middleton 07736 677956
Pilates (intermediates) Scout Hut Zenny Middleton 07737 677956
Serenity Yoga Crich Glebe Field Centre Helen Sutcliffe 07967 169365
Table Tennis Crich Glebe Field Centre Steve Howard 07778 000135
Tai Chi Holloway & Crich Group Florence Nightingale Hall, Holloway Carl Bateman 01332 553365
Ultimate Body Workout Crich Glebe Field Centre Sarah Poplar 07875 342201
Yoga Crich Glebe Field Centre Rachel Jennings, QI to Health 07877 320723
Yoga Crich Tramway Rachel Jennings, QI to Health 07877 320723
Recreational Cycling Group (informal) The Cliff Inn, Crich Tracey Cartledge 01773 852444
Snooker League The Comrades Club Ade Smith 07960 494130
Pool League The Comrades Club Ade Smith 07960 494130

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Upcoming ACE events

Crich Monument Race

Crich Monument Race

Sat Jul 13 13:30:00 2019

The race is open to all comers, club runners, pub runners, slow runners. In particular we would like teams from clubs, pubs and societies, everyone is welcome.  All proceeds go to well deserving local charities.

The route is mainly off road with fantastic views of the Derbyshire countryside and is a REAL challenge for Fell, Road and Trail runners, the race distance is approximately 11.3 kilometres including 1000 feet of climbing.

Trail Running Association Permit Number 936

Enter here

The Race starts at 1.30pm.


Activity, Sport