Heart of Darkness

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Immerse yourself in the panoramic peak district with this spectacular guided run. You'll chase the skyline across this undulating route, appreciating the cool warmth of the Winter sun as we approach the shortest day of the year. Enjoy being expertly guided through a truly memorable route.
Guided Run/Walk
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9:00am Sun 3rd Dec 2023
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Hope, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Hope Car Park - HPBC, Hope, Hope Valley S33 6RS, UK
Start times
9:00am Sun 3rd Dec 2023
Guided Run/Walk:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Heart of Darkness
Guided Run/Walk
Route information
Terrain: Gravel, Natural
Participants will run / walk 21 miles over the vast imposing landscape of the Peak District. The ambient lighting of the low sun on this unique day of the year will provide stunning cinematic views that will have you taking countless mental snapshots.
You will weave the natural terrain on rough paths through the valleys and bends of Edale. You'll chase the skyline across this undulating route, appreciating the cool warmth of the Winter sun on the shortest day of the year.
What's included
  • Running / walking guides
  • Photographs from the day
  • Hot drinks and cake at the end
How to get there
Hope Car Park - HPBC, Hope, Hope Valley S33 6RS, UK
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By Train
Hope train station is located 15 minutes walk away to the start location, Hope Car Park, making this event easily accessible. This train station has direct train links from mainland cities, Manchester and Sheffield.
The start location is at Hope Car Park, Hope. Parking is payable by cash only.
Event day logistics
09:00 21 mile Guided run/walk starts (sunrise)
15:53 21 mile Guided run/walk ends (sunset)
This challenge allows 7 hours and 50 minutes of daylight to complete the Edale Skyline.
You will have the option to run or walk the event, with a group split letting some runners take a faster journey while others will seek to get around the course within 8 hours.
Further information will be updated on this page closer to the day of the event. The route may be amended by the organiser if the weather/ice renders sections of it unsafe.
This guided run is aimed to help people feel comfortable and confident to travel independently through the countryside, in any weather, at any time. There is so much that can be learned from the guides, and from taking part in an event like this.
What is the pace of the Heart of Darkness?
The organiser can form different pace groups on the day so that faster people can be finished up to an hour ahead of the “sunsetters”. To finish in 7 hours 50 is brisk walking pace with a photo stops. It will be weather dependent on the day and safety concerns will always dictate pace but assume brisk walking on the steep uphills, jogging or running on the flats and picking your way carefully down the descents. It is a doable challenge.
How long does the Hear of Darkness race last?
The guided run runs from sunrise to sunset, which is estimated to be 7 hours and 50 minutes.
What is included in the Heart of Darkness event?
Guidance and advice on running, certificate for completion and hot drinks and cake at the end.
What kit do I need for the Heart of Darkness event?
There's a mandatory list including a waterproof jacket and backpack to store your items, please view the list above for more information.
Did the race in 2022
So much fun - really enjoyed this! Thank you for guiding us through some tricky conditions and terrain
Did the race in 2022
A great day out and adventure, run by awesome guides. I always felt safe, they considered the entire group and helped when needed. Good banter and amazing cakes at the end which makes any running event even more memorable. I would highly recommend. Thank you! Happy cup filled 😍
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