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Peak District Challenge

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A range of challenges within the Peak District National Park. Even though you will be experiencing some of the most stunning views in the UK, these challenges will definitely test you mentally and physically. Go solo or in a team but either way this will be a very memorable event.

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2 Reviews
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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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M Carver
"Well organised, clear instructions, pre race day safety briefing and medical..."

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Jez Seguss
"The let’s do this team we’re amazing. All the help and advice from training..."
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How to enter the Peak District Challenge

  1. Silver 75K

    Run 75km
    £64–£164
    Event passed
  2. Gold Ultra 100K

    Run 100km
    £69–£169
    Event passed
  3. Back Before Dark - 10km

    Run 10km
  4. Copper Challenge - 25km

    Run 25km
  5. Bronze Challenge - 50km

    Run 50km

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Peak District Challenge routes

THE COURSES

Gold Ultra Route

The Gold Ultra route is the ultimate Peak District Challenge, and should be attempted by teams of fit and experienced hillwalkers/fell runners who want to see the best that the Peak District has to offer. You'll visit high points and viewpoints on your way between checkpoints, and there is a lot of climbing involved. You'll leave Hathersage at 9pm on the night of Friday 20 September 2019. Night navigation experience is essential.

Silver route

Not to be underestimated, this route follows the easiest and flattest routes between 8 refreshment checkpoints, but still covers a huge mileage. During the initial overnight leg, you can chose to join a led group walking with a guide or navigate yourself. During the daytime, you’ll navigate yourself.

Bronze Challenge

A 50km circular route taking in the valleys of the dark peak, and the scenic trails of the southern peak district.

Copper Challenge

An achievable challenge, following a circular route from Hathersage to Baslow along riverside paths and back along a hilly route via Curbar and Frogatt edges.

Back Before Dark

You’ll start your Back Before Dark challenge with one inescapable and non-negotiable deadline. You must cover 10km, and try to be Back Before Dark. Sunset on 21 September 2019 is at 7.07pm. Runners have just one hour to ensure they’re Back Before Dark.

Designed for runners who’ve trained for a 10km run

THE COURSE SPECIFICS

Gold Route

Distance - 100km

Time - 24hrs at a walk/run pace of 4kph

Ascent - 3300m

Silver Route

Distance - 75km

Time - 24hrs

Ascent - 2235m

Bronze Challenge

Distance - 50km

Time - 12hrs

Ascent - 1200m / Highest point reaches 464m

Copper Challenge

Distance - 25km

Time - 9 hours

Ascent - 700m with some of the best views in the Peak!

Back Before Dark

Distance - 10k

Time - 1 or 3hrs

Ascent - 270m

COURSE RECORDS

Gold Challenge - 14:14 (Jasmin Paris) 2015
Silver Challenge - 12:18 (Dan Rogers) 2018

Bronze Challenge - 06:57 (Darren Agnew) 2017
Cooper Challenge - 02:48 (Janine Roberts) 2016
BBD Challenge - 0:58 (Luis Caraballo) 2018

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Fully qualified, professional Mountain Leaders supporting the event and your safety
  • Water stations.
  • A pre-walk registration and briefing, along with the route guides that you need.
  • A goodie bag at the end including an event t-shirt.
  • Kit guidance and advice, a fundraising guide and sponsor forms if you choose to be sponsored.
  • A scenic and challenging route, and all pre-event planning.
  • Photos of you participating in the event.
  • A unique certificate to celebrate your achievement and your time.
  • A cash discount voucher to spend with the event organiser, Wilderness Development. This can even be redeemed in advance on any navigation training or walking courses that you take to prepare for the event.
Raceday Logistics

TEAM OR SOLO ENTRANTS
The Peak District Challenge is a team event and you are encouraged to enter is a team of 3-5 people. Experienced and competent solo or duo competitors are allowed if they can show extensive walking and navigation experience at the time of registering. The event organiser, Wilderness Development regularly runs navigation training courses.

Entrants are encouraged to come in fancy dress, but it is not obligatory.

EVENT-SCHEDULE

Friday

Gold challenge start time - 9:00pm

Silver challenge start time - 9:00pm

Finish location - Hathersage, S32 1DU.

Saturday

Bronze Challenge - 8:30am

Copper challenge wave 1 - 9:30am

Copper challenge wave 2 - 10:30am

Copper challenge wave 3 (runners' wave) - 11:30am

Back Before Dark 10k - 4:07pm for those looking for a better chance of completing the route - walkers

Back Before Dark 10km - 6:07pm.

COPPER CHALLENGER WAVE

Challengers can chose which wave they’d prefer on the day – there’s no need to decide in advance.

BRONZE CHALLENGE SELF-NAVIGATING

Self-navigating entrants have the option of joining an earlier wave starting at 7.30am, giving an extra hour to complete the challenge before the 8.30pm target.

GOLD CHALLENGE

If you fall behind on the Gold challenge, you could switch to the 75km Silver route, which follows the shortest, flattest distance between checkpoints.

ITRA and UTMB (r) points

The Gold Ultra 100K is now worth 4 ITRA points (https://itra.run) and 4 UTMB Points (www.utmbworld.com)
Kit List

Each participant must be equipped with:

  • Waterproof jackets with taped seams and hood. Softshell or “coated” products are not suitable.
  • Waterproof trousers with taped seams.
  • Walking boots or shoes with a good tread and ideally with high ankle support.
  • An extra, spare warm jumper/fleece/primaloft, not worn at the start (not compulsory for 10km Back Before Dark event.) Real down not sufficient
  • Any personal medication you need, eg Inhaler, Epipen.
  • A headtorch per person. A good quality headtorch will make a big difference to your speed and safety overnight, and we’d particularly recommend the Petzl Nao and Myo headtorches. Expensive, but really worth it. Sunset on 21 September 2019 is at 7.07pm. (Not compulsory for each Copper challenger, but one spare torch per copper team, including teams of one person for emergencies IS still required, for ALL challenges).
  • Adequate food and drink to last until the first “food” checkpoint. (Not compulsory for 10km Back Before Dark event)
  • Hat and gloves

Each self-navigating team (including teams of 1) must also carry:

  • Waterproofed physical maps of the Peak District eg British Mountaineering Council Dark Peak, or both Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure Dark Peak (known as “OL1”) and White Peak (“OL24”). Electronic mapping and the route guide we provide are not sufficient on their own.
  • Minor first aid kit including blister and wound dressings. This can be self-assembled or shop-bought. These will be on sale for £5 at registration.
  • A spare headtorch and adequate spare batteries, including for Copper and solo challengers.
  • Separate, spare emergency food, not intended for consumption. (Not compulsory for 10km Back Before Dark event)
  • Whistle
  • Compass, for all teams except Copper Challengers. We strongly recommend a “reputable” brand of compass (eg Silva)– in our experience, with compasses, you really do get what you pay for.
  • Charged and waterproofed mobile phone (such as this 80g option). (Not compulsory for 10km Back Before Dark event)
  • Emergency Shelter large enough for the whole team
Spectators

Entrants are not permitted any additional external support, eg pace runners or additional personal crews.

The best way for your supporters to see and support you on the way round the course is by volunteering on the event…

Volunteers

The success of this event relies on recruiting some volunteers to help organise the event. We need people to:

  • Prepare food and hand it out at checkpoints or in our headquarters in Hathersage
  • Deliver equipment around the course and pick-up any retirees.
  • Other tasks, like taking photos or video and sweeping the floor.

In return you’ll get:

  • A competitors goody bag (subject to availability)
  • Heartfelt thanks
  • And you will be supporting a really great cause, without having to break too much of a sweat!

Just get in touch: [email protected] or 07941 645 520 to speak with Will Sheaff.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I struggle to maintain the target pace?
Whilst the organisers will do all they can to help you achieve your challenge, the volunteers crewing the checkpoints can’t stay in place indefinitely. If you are up to one hour behind the target pace they will warn you. If you are one hour or more behind target pace, you will be leap-frogged forward on your route by car, allowing you to finish the route by foot within your challenge’s target time.
Is there any accommodation available?
Yes, there are plenty of good B&B style accommodation in Hathersage. If your supporters volunteer to help organise the event, they will also be welcome to camp in the event base on the Friday night while the race is ongoing. You could check out the local Youth hostel. There is also camping at North Lees (about 1.5 miles away).
Do I need to provide my own support team?
You are asked not to bring a personal support team, but instead your supporters are asked to volunteer to assist with the general running of the event. This may also keep them entertained whilst you are on the furthest summits and out of sight!
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Peak District Challenge weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

19°C
Predicted highs
7°C
Predicted lows

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Peak District Challenge reviews (2)

5 out of 5 stars

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Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Challenging course

  • M

    M Carver

    Did the Bronze Challenge - 50km in 2019

    Well organised, clear instructions, pre race day safety briefing and medical forms was a very good idea to ensure maximum sleep on the day of the race. The HQ was perfect, plenty of food and drink, all support team brilliant there and at checkpoints, they couldn't do enough to help. I will be recommending this event to all. Thanks
  • J

    Jez Seguss

    Did the Silver 75K in 2018

    The let’s do this team we’re amazing. All the help and advice from training both endurance and strength to nutrition. The team really made it a personal experience and was like being part of something inclusive. I would highly recommend them to everyone who is planning an event or participating