Runners enjoying the views in the Peak District

Peak District 70th Birthday Bash readying for action

Entries open on Thursday for this celebratory challenge.

Runners and walkers are invited to celebrate 70 years of the Peak District National Park by testing themselves over 70K or 35K and receive a unique memento for their efforts. The adventure takes place on Saturday 9 April 2022 in some of the most stunning areas England has to offer.

It is organised by Andy Brooks of Peak Running who welcomes runners (and walkers) of all abilities to have a bash at his trail and fell races. These events range from a night time relay to a 100 miler in a supportive environment where runners can take pride in their achievements. 

The Peak District 70th Birthday Bash is no exception, taking runners and walkers on a tour of this popular National Park and its sights which include Kinder Scout, Jacob’s Ladder, Stanage Edge, Hope Cross and Win Hill. Entrants can do 70K (43.5 miles) for the 70th in the ‘Full Bash’ with 8,500ft of elevation which is not to be undertaken lightly or the 35K (22.75 miles) ‘Half Bash’ with both races starting and finishing in Castleton.

There are a choice of start times for the two races that cater for the runner/walker who is happy to finish and the competitive runner looking to go hard and fast.  

They can expect a professional event team comprised of experienced ultra runners and hikers, well stocked aid stations, a GPX file of the route and hot food at the finish. Also a bespoke waterproof souvenir map of the course which is 1:25,000 scale. 

The weather and terrain can be unpredictable and participants need to prepare for this and be able to manage themselves on the day. There is a mandatory kit list on the website. Prior experience of events such as this is advisable and being able to navigate is paramount.   

For more information about the route, cut off/time limits, check points and start times, visit the Peak Running website.

Entries open Thursday 9 December

All profits from the event go to the Peak District National Park Foundation charity.

Image courtesy of Peak Running. 

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