FRIDAY 28TH JUNE 2024 - 7pm until midnight
The Fractured Marathon is an exciting event for teams or solo runners of all abilities. The innovative format has been a smash hit with participants since the inaugural event in 2019. It creates a great atmosphere and is as much a Friday night running party as a race!
Based in the grounds of the spectacular Calke Abbey, the event will run for 5 hours from 7pm until midnight; going from sunlight to starlight.
There will be 10 timed laps around a scenic 2.6-mile course, which will start every half hour on the half hour.
Teams, or solo runners, can take part in as many or as few of the 10 laps as they like. For runners, solo and team, to be eligible to run the next lap they must be back before it starts. Otherwise they will have to wait for the next start time to re-join the game. So, to remain in with chance of completing a full marathon, each loop must be completed within half an hour.
Teams can have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 runners, and be in the male, female or mixed category. Your running order is up to you but for mixed teams at least 50% of your loops must be completed by a female. Individual runners can not be part of more than one team on the night.
When entering the Fractured Marathon this year, you'll have the option of adding a technical running buff, representing your epic run from sunset to starlight! We're really pleased that these are printed locally in the Peak District and are made of a light-weight, technical material, making them perfect for runners.
Buffs are £10 each. There may be a few available to purchase at the event, but we recommend pre-ordering if you'd like one. Pre-ordered buffs will be available to collect from registration.
Please note that the mock-up is for example only and there may be slight changes to the final design.
+ Unaffiliated: £2 supplement
Minimum age on race day is 18
No dogs permitted under UK Athletics Rules
Each race will take place in accordance with UK Athletics rules, under Permits issued by the Trail Running Association. Permit number: TBC
+ Unaffiliated: £2 supplement per runner
Minimum age on race day is 16 for team members running no more than 2 laps, or 18 otherwise. Team Captains must be 18+.
No dogs permitted under UK Athletics Rules
The team captain can purchase a team entry using the button below. Only the details of the person making the entry are needed initially, but team members can be added at this stage if their details are known.
If full team details are not known at the time of entering, they can be added / amended at a later date by the original entrant, via Si Entries.
The event will take place in the spectacular Calke Park in South Derbyshire. Post Code DE73 7LE
On the Day
Registration and race number collection will take place between 5:00 and 6:30pm.
There will be a short walk to the starting point, so please try and arrive in plenty of time as races will start at 7pm sharp.
Parking: Car parking is available in the main car park at Calke Abbey. We request a £3 donation per car (payable on the day) which is passed on to the National Trust to help with upkeep of the park.
Toilets & Changing: Public toilets are close to the main car park. There are no specific changing facilities..
Registration: Adjacent to the start/finish area.
Start/Finish: The open area adjacent to the main building and car park. There will be signs to guide participants there.
Race Route: The route is 2.6 miles and completely within Calke Park, with some of it across private land that we have special permission to use. Underfoot there is a combination of purpose made hard-packed trails, tarmac, woodland tracks and grass, some of which is long and/or uneven. As well as some nice downhill stretches, there are some tough little climbs.
Categories and Prizes
Teams can be entered in the following categories:
Mixed (at least 50% of loops must be run by a female runner)
There will be prizes for the fastest accumulative marathons for teams in each category and solo runners.
Plus there are opportunities for individuals to achieve distance personal bests in a fun way (e.g. run your first half marathon, full marathon or other distance), or for team / club-mates to have a competition amongst themselves.
There may be non-running related spot prizes, such as best fancy dress!
Terms & Conditions
A 70% refund is available until Friday 17th May. After this date no refund will be provided upon an entry being cancelled. Participants can transfer their entry to another runner up until one week prior to the event at no additional cost. All transfers must be made by the original entrant via Si Entries.
Previous Races Results
Frequently Asked Questions
Background2024 will be the fifth edition of our Peak District Ultras. Creating an iconic ultramarathon for the Peak District is something that Peak Running founders, Andy Brooks (Brooksie) and Chris Hopkinson, had been thinking about for many years before. 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.
Race EthosOur 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.
EntriesEntries, including changes to a different distance, will close on Monday 26th August or earlier if the capacity is reached. Entries after 1st July 2024 are not guaranteed a finishers memento. The prices for entries are: Millstone 100 : £147 Limestone 50 : £77 Peveril 33 : £57 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. 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 UTMB World Series qualifying points for finishers Option to purchase a high quality event technical t-shirt (order when entering)
LocationThe 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
ScheduleFriday 30th August 2024 16:00 Registration Opens – Millstone 100 only 17:30 Registration Closes 17:30 Race Briefing – The Millstone 100 18:00 The Millstone 100 starts 18:30 Registration Opens – The Limestone 50 & Peveril 33 20:00 Registration Closes Saturday 31st August 2024 06:30 Registration Opens 08:15 Registration Closes 08:30 Race Briefing -The Limestone 50 & Peveril 33 09:00 The Limestone 50 & Peveril 33 start Sunday 1st September 2024 06:00 Deadline to complete all races
Event TeamOur 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 ParkingA 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. Permits for use can be purchased when registering for the event on the Fabian4 entry system. Full details of the arrangements will be provided in the Event Handbook prior the event.
Local AccommodationThere 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).