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Background


Creating an iconic ultramarathon for the Peak District is something that Peak Running founders, Andy Brooks (Brooksie) and Chris Hopkinson, have been thinking about for many years. As a fell and trail runner since the mid 90's, Brooksie has always had a penchant for going long. So, while there have been some great races in the Peaks over the years, satisfying that desire has traditionally meant travelling a long way from his Derbyshire home. To take on his first 100-miler, he had to go all the way to the mountains of Virgina, because there was yet to be one in the UK in those days! Chris' passion for mountain marathons in remote locations, and the challenge of planning routes through the terrain, is something that has seen him travel to other parts of the UK, and overseas (including Iceland and Japan) over the years, to enjoy his fix too. The increase in popularity of mountain and ultra-running in the UK in more recent times has led to some fantastic events emerging in the other national parks. Something that the guys have revelled in. But their own backyard, the Peak District, was still crying out for something special in their view. Our aim, therefore, with The Peak District Ultras is to provide an event that's not only a fantastic experience for those taking part, but something that is also a special day for the communities within our favourite playground, the 'original' national park. In our view, the Peak District is the best place on the planet to go for a run. Click HERE to to understand why.




Entries


Entries to the 2021 event will open on 1st December 2020. Initially this will be on a 'pre-registration' basis, and no payment will be take at this stage. Everyone that obtains a 'pre-registration' place will be invited to complete their entry and make payment in early 2021. Invites that have not been actioned within 72 hours will expire and entries made available to others; with priority given to those on the waiting list. The reason for this addition step for the 2021 event is the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis on the normal planning process. For example, some of the usual activities, including gaining the formal permissions for the event, are taking longer than normal. While we, and the various stakeholders we work with, are confident that the event will go ahead as planned, with minimal impact from Covid-19, we feel that a cautious approach is wise at this present time of crisis. If you deferred your entry from the cancelled 2020 event, your place is secure and not affected by the above. Entries, including changes to a different distance, will close at midnight on 19th August 2021 or earlier if the capacity is reached. Entries after 2nd July 2021 are not guaranteed a finishers memento. The prices for entries are: Millstone 100 : £130 Limestone 50 : £75 Peveril 33 : £55 The above prices are subject to a £2 supplement for participants who are not affiliated to UK Athletics or members of the Trail Runnings Association. Up to 150 places are available in each of the three races. By purchasing an entry you agree to the terms on conditions specified below in the ' Taking Part' section of this website.




What's Included?


  • Participation in a race on a spectacular route in the Peak District National Park

  • Detailed results, including intermediate check-point splits

  • A unique memento for finishers

  • Comprehensive event handbook

  • Access to a detailed route description

  • GPX file of the route

  • Well stocked aid stations

  • Hot meal at the finish

  • Support from an highly experienced and enthusiastic event team

  • Live GPS tracking (for Millstone 100 participants)

  • Professional medical support

  • Option to purchase a high quality event technical t-shirt (order when entering)




Location


The event in based in the heart of the beautiful and vibrant village of Castleton in the Hope Valley. The village is situated at the foot of the historic Peveril Castle and surrounded by spectacular hills.

The base for the race and event HQ is The Peveril Centre which is on the western side of the village.

The address is:

The Peveril Centre

Buxton Road

Castleton

Hope Valley

Derbyshire

S33 8WP




Race Ethos


Our ethos for the event is aligned with our ethos for Peak Running as a whole. We want it to be an event that is capable of challenging even the most experienced ultra-runners, while also inspiring those within the wider running community to push their boundaries and achieve things they may not have thought possible themselves. So, in addition to the race itself, there is bags of guidance and support available to help you achieve your ambitions and complete the event safely. We want there to be some tough competition at the front of the fields in each distance. But we also recognise that, for the majority, simply finishing is winning for them. So even if you're not a fast runner, or you'd prefer to hike, it's designed to accommodate you. From a broader perspective, we want to make it an event that has a positive impact on the Peak District, its communities and the local environment. An event that residents, local businesses, and those that look after the delicate landscapes within the park, support and look foward to. Our commitments to this fundamental aim for the event include:

  • Donating a proportion of the profits to the Peak District National Park Foundation charity to help them protect this wonderful park, for everyone, forever.
  • Building strong relationships with the park authorities and land managers, their rangers and other stakeholders.
  • Organising conservation days for runners to help carry out important conservation and restoration work on the trails within the park.
  • Using the event as a vehicle to help promote and educate people on the work and behaviours necessary to maintain the beauty of the park for future generations.
  • Using community facilities for event HQ and checkpoints wherever possible.
  • Using local independant buinesses for supplies, such as race mementos, t-shirts etc.
  • Ensuring there will be no trace of the event by the time it is wrapped up on the Sunday.




Schedule


NOTE: The schedule shown below is provisional and based on having a traditional mass start format for each race. Depending on the Covid-19 situation at the time, there is a possibility of staggered / socially distanced starts spread over a period of 1-2 hours. The times shown may therefore be up to 2 hours earlier for some participants.

Friday 3rd September 2020

16:30 Registration Opens – Millstone 100 only

18:00 Registration Closes

18:15 Race Briefing – The Millstone 100

19:00 The Millstone 100 starts

19:15 Registration Opens – The Limestone 50 & Peveril 33

21:00 Registration Closes

Saturday 4th September 2020

06:30 Registration Opens

08:00 Registration Closes

08:15 Race Briefing -The Limestone 50 & Peveril 33

09:00 The Limestone 50 & Peveril 33 start

Sunday 5th September 2020

07:00 Deadline to complete all races




Event Team


Our event team, The Blinding Peakers, are renowned for their enthusiasm and ability to bring a sense of fun to an event, while maintaining the professional standards needed to ensure a smooth and safe event for all involved.

They’re nearly all runners themselves, and many are ultramarathon veterans. So they know what it’s all about and know what you need, maybe even before you do. If you are interested in joining the team please contact us.




Car and Campervan Parking


A dedicated event car and campervan park, with temporary toilets, will be provided close to race HQ in Castleton. This is available to both participants and supporters throughout the weekend for a small charge.

Full details of the arrangements will be provided in the Event Handbook prior the event.




Local Accommodation


There are various accommodation options in the area. Locally there are two Youth Hostels (Losehill Hall and Edale Activity Centre) and a number of camp sites which take tents. There are also various pubs with accommodation, B&Bs and holiday cottages.

The nearest large towns/cities with greater accommodation options are Buxton (10 miles), Chesterfield (15 miles), Sheffield (15 miles), Stockport (15 miles) and Manchester (20 miles).