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Millstone 100

100m - 16500' - 36h

4th September 2020

Limestone 50

50m - 7300' - 22h

5th September 2020

Peveril 33

33m - 6000' - 22h

5th September 2020

Truly spectacular routes in the UK's original national park!

Introduction

The Peak District Ultras are three races wrapped into one epic weekend of adventure in our favourite local playground, the Peak District National Park.
The Millstone 100
The Millstone 100 gets its name from the giant millstones which mark the entrances to the national park, symbolising the rich history of the area. The race provides a serious challenge for even the most experienced ultra runners, taking participants on a grand tour of the park, showcasing all aspects of the beautiful and varied landscapes within it. 
The Limestone 50
The plateau of limestone, which provides the natural foundation of the 'White Peak' area, is the inspiration behind the name of our 50-miler. The distance and elevation mean it's a serious undertaking, but the generous time limit makes it accessible to a wide range of runners and strong hikers. A wonderful route with something different to see around every corner.
The Peveril 33
The Peveril may be the shortest option, but it's still got plenty of action. It takes in some of the best views in the area, from the high edges that run along the eastern side of the park to the deep dales that plunge, canyon like, through the high farmland in the area. Whether you're a racing snake looking for a podium position, a first time ultra participant, or looking for a grand day out with no time pressure, you'll definitely enjoy it. 
All three races start and finish in Castleton, a vibrant village right in the heart of the Peaks, with the high fells and remote moorland of the Dark Park area to the north, and the dramatic dales and historic villages of the White Peak area to the south.
Whatever distance you choose, you can be sure of a fantastic experience with a level of support that would be hard to surpass provided by our 'Blinding Peakers' event team. They've quickly become legendary in these parts: read the comments about them on our previous events to find out why. 

Event Information

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 will go on sale in early November 2019 and close at midnight on 20th August 2020 or earlier if the capacity is reached. 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


Friday 4th 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 5th 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 6th 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).





 
 

Taking Part

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 will go on sale in early November 2019 and close at midnight on 20th August 2020 or earlier if the capacity is reached. 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


Friday 4th 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 5th 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 6th 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).





 
 

Route Details

Overview


The Millstone 100 provides a grand tour of all aspects of the Peak District, and consists of 2 very different loops of approximately 50 miles, with 8,900ft and 7,600ft of elevation gain respectively.

On the first loop participants head north into the night from race HQ in Castleton on a clockwise circuit of the area often referred to as the 'Dark Peak'. This starts with a crossing of the Great Ridge to meet the start of the Pennine Way in Edale, which the course follows over the high fells of Kinder Scout and Bleaklow. After descending from Bleaklow it tracks east across some desolate moorland before turning south towards Margery Hill and the majestic Derwent Edge. The first half is then capped off with, in our opinion, the two best views in the Peaks from Win and Lose Hill.

For the second half, participants climb back out of Castleton; this time on a loop to the south which is very different, but equally beautiful to, the first half. The high edges of the eastern peak are followed by some respite from the hills as the course follows the Derwent valley through the historic Chatsworth estate. On reaching Darley Dale it turns to begin the final quarter of the 100-miles, which takes in a number of dramatic canyon like dales, before the final iconic descent back to Castleton.

The Limestone 50 is a clockwise circuit to the south of race HQ in Castleton, taking in the second half of the Millstone 100 mile route.

The Peverill 33 may be the shortest of our trio of races, but it doesn't mean the coruse is any less spectacular than the others. It shares the first 16 and last 9 miles with the Limestone 50. In between is a climb out of Baslow to enjoy great views back across the high edges of the eastern peak, and a traverse of Longstone Edge as the course descends to rejoin the longer routes at the iconic Monsal Head.




Distances


The distances for an event of this nature cannot be measured completely accurately due to the nature of the terrain and the obstacles that you will encounter.

We have measured them using a combination of mapping software and gps enabled devices and taken care to ensure that they are at least the advertised distance; as we know most participants would be disappointed to be short changed with the distance.

You can therefore expect a variation of up to around 5% above the advertised distances.




Highlights


The nature of the Peak District, and the routes we have chosen means that, as well as the two loops that make up the 100-mile distance being very different, each individual section of all three races is spectacular in its own way.

We're confident that you will love the route of whichever distance you choose, and will even love overcoming the challenges presented by the bits you may hate!

Below is our view of the highlights (and lowlights) of each section.





The Millstone 100

The Limestone 50

The Peveril 33

Frequency Asked Questions

Overview


The Millstone 100 provides a grand tour of all aspects of the Peak District, and consists of 2 very different loops of approximately 50 miles, with 8,900ft and 7,600ft of elevation gain respectively.

On the first loop participants head north into the night from race HQ in Castleton on a clockwise circuit of the area often referred to as the 'Dark Peak'. This starts with a crossing of the Great Ridge to meet the start of the Pennine Way in Edale, which the course follows over the high fells of Kinder Scout and Bleaklow. After descending from Bleaklow it tracks east across some desolate moorland before turning south towards Margery Hill and the majestic Derwent Edge. The first half is then capped off with, in our opinion, the two best views in the Peaks from Win and Lose Hill.

For the second half, participants climb back out of Castleton; this time on a loop to the south which is very different, but equally beautiful to, the first half. The high edges of the eastern peak are followed by some respite from the hills as the course follows the Derwent valley through the historic Chatsworth estate. On reaching Darley Dale it turns to begin the final quarter of the 100-miles, which takes in a number of dramatic canyon like dales, before the final iconic descent back to Castleton.

The Limestone 50 is a clockwise circuit to the south of race HQ in Castleton, taking in the second half of the Millstone 100 mile route.

The Peverill 33 may be the shortest of our trio of races, but it doesn't mean the coruse is any less spectacular than the others. It shares the first 16 and last 9 miles with the Limestone 50. In between is a climb out of Baslow to enjoy great views back across the high edges of the eastern peak, and a traverse of Longstone Edge as the course descends to rejoin the longer routes at the iconic Monsal Head.




Distances


The distances for an event of this nature cannot be measured completely accurately due to the nature of the terrain and the obstacles that you will encounter.

We have measured them using a combination of mapping software and gps enabled devices and taken care to ensure that they are at least the advertised distance; as we know most participants would be disappointed to be short changed with the distance.

You can therefore expect a variation of up to around 5% above the advertised distances.




Highlights


The nature of the Peak District, and the routes we have chosen means that, as well as the two loops that make up the 100-mile distance being very different, each individual section of all three races is spectacular in its own way.

We're confident that you will love the route of whichever distance you choose, and will even love overcoming the challenges presented by the bits you may hate!

Below is our view of the highlights (and lowlights) of each section.





 
 

Results

Results will appear here shortly after the event.

Results of the Peak District 100, 50 & 33 in 2019, which were organised in conjunction with Beyond Marathon are here.

 

Gallery

A selection of images from our 2019 Peak District ultra. 

 

Parters, Supporters & Sponsors

Many thanks to the following who support the event and help to make it possible.

 

Peak District National Park

www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/

 

National Trust

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Eastern Moors Partnership

www.visit-eastern-moors.org.uk

 

Severn Trent

www.stwater.co.uk

 

United Utilities

www.unitedutilities.com

 

The Peveril Centre

www.peverilcentre.com

 

Dunscar Farm

http://www.dunscarfarm.co.uk

 

Peak Cavern

https://peakcavern.co.uk

 

Castleton Parish Council

 

Peak District Design

www.peakdistrictdesign.co.uk

 

The Derby Runner

https://derbyrunner.co.uk

The Trail Running Association

https://www.tra-uk.org

Part of our philosophy for all our events is to be participant focused, something which is especially important in ultra distance events where many taking part are pushing beyond their comfort zone to test their own limits. Feedback is therefore always important to us.

 

Here is a selection of some of the feedback we received in 2019.

"Thank you all so much for such a fabulously organised event. Big thanks to everyone, RD, registration, marshals, cooks, checkpoints, runners, supporters, tail runners you are all stars 🌟

Now which race to choose next year 🤔..."

Claire

 

"Thanks to all the team from Peak Running for organising such an amazing event. A huge thank you to all the marshals, volunteers and supporters along the route. Fantastic food at the feed stations and lots of encouragement. Well done to everyone who took part in this awesome challenge. A great day x 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍😀"

Glynis

 

"It really was an unforgettable day yesterday. Thank you to everybody at Peak Running for organising an amazing event and creating memories that will stay with me for life in what was my first ultra. 

Also a big thank to all you fantastic marshals at all the checkpoints and finish, who’s enthusiasm and support was absolutely top class 👏🏻👏🏻. 

Will I be back next year? We’ll see 🤔"

Dan

 

"Thank you all for an absolutely fantastic day. I mean, I’ve completely fallen to pieces, partly due to the fact I fell over about a hundred times, but it’s totally worth it! Every single person was brilliant - thank you all!! And to everyone I met on the course you’re inspirational (I mean, I wouldn’t have a clue who half of you are as we were chatting in the pitch black with torches shining at each other 🤣🤣 but you were fab all the same)....it was perfect from start to finish. Thank you!! 💖💖💖

Laurie

"What amazing marshals at this excellent unforgettable adventure. You were all fantastic. Love you all."

Mark

 

"Thank you folks for another great event. Even though the hills were torture and my knees were screaming, the views made up for it. The marshall’s were so fab and food choices great, especially the potatoes with salt at the last checkpoint, ooh they really hit the spot! 😋. Such lovely support from all the other runners along the way too. A few lessons learned by me and Al and hopefully see you same time next year when we are a bit fitter & faster! Thank you."

Kel

"I did my first ever Ultra, a 33 miler, and absolutely loved the experience. Thank you for organising such fab event. The crew was very supportive and kept me going with vibes. I met some lovely folks on a way. Endorphins are still flowing. See you in 2020"

Dorata

 

"Thanks Peak Running for a great day out on Saturday. I only did the Fun Run but really enjoyed it - 35 miles and 5000ft of up on my watch but I guess you get as many statistics as entrants! For the inaugural running of an event I thought the organisation was superb and all the marshals so friendly and enthusiastic. With such a nice course as well it deserves to become a classic. My only suggestion as a veteran (some would say decrepit no doubt) runner, could you knock down a few of the stiles for next time......"

Andy

 

Thoroughly enjoyed yesterday - in 22 years of running I can say that the organisation and the checkpoints where second to none.

Certainly a fabulous introduction to running races in the Peak District (so glad we moved here a few weeks ago)

Finally , big respect to sweeper Simon who walked and jogged with us for the first 16 miles .

Happy running everyone 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️"

Mike

 

"May I thank you on behalf of myself, Tania and Jude from Blythe Bridge RC.

This was mine and Jude’s first ever Ultra talked into it by our now exfriend Tania 🤣

We thoroughly enjoyed our day. The support of everyone from Peak Running was outstanding. The fun checkpoints were a blast, we literally couldn't wait to get to them. Everyone at each stage helped us all individually, I'm sure going above and beyond what was "needed" of them. Drinks filled, food offered, genuine concern on how we felt and such great encouragement and admiration.

The team at the finish were fantastic too....caring for us, ensuring we had food and a hot drink, just something I didn’t expect.

After chating with the amazing 50 and 100 participants I was humbled that they too thought us newbies were pretty good too 🥰

The course was beautiful yet sadistic at the same time. Hill, after, hill after hill....I'm yet to venture downstairs today!!

I would highly recommend Peak Running to my fellow runners and I would love to take part in your other events. This route 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 I think it's going to have to stay in my memory bank under painful, yet amazing."

Emma

 

"What an awesome day completing my first 50 !!

Andy Brooks you and the team of volunteers did yourselves proud with an extremely well run event in such beautiful surroundings.

Only wish I’d stopped to have taken a few more photos."

Fintan

 

"A huge thank you to everyone from Peak Running for a superb day out on the 33 (35!) yesterday. The organisation was faultless, brilliant instructions meant we only got a tiny bit lost once! The support at the checkpoints was absolutely spot on and we loved how much thought had gone in to every last detail of the whole event. See you next year!"

Sarah

 

"Hey gang, thank you for yesterday. My first 100 miler was a great experience. The other runners were really nice and I will always remember the kindness, humour and optimism of the support crew. You gave me the strength and encouragement to continue. Definitely coming back next year. I have unfinished business."

Ben 

 

"Fantastic event today!I used the route description for the 50 miler and it was spot on. Thanks to all the volunteers at the checkpoints you all did a fantastic job!"

Helen

"It was a great event with a super route. I am hoping to be back next year to have a go at the 100 route!

The race support was fantastic with such enthusiastic check-point volunteers, it really does make such a difference to be so well looked after when you are tired!

Only comment which is usually the same for all races I do is please can there be more vegan friendly options available at check-points.  That said there was a lovely chilli waiting at the end for us!

Well done and thank you for organising a great event."

Ashley 

 

"It was a great event. Meticulously organised. Wouldn't change a thing. Well done for organising it, and special thanks to the amazing marshals."

Hannah

 

 

"Thanks for a great race.  I loved the views, aid stations (particularly the Xmas party) and the chilli with a cup of tea at the end was perfect. "

Julie

"Huge thank you to you and all team.  So many supportive and really nice people throughout the course at all the checkpoints.  It felt like a really well established event where folk knew exactly what to do.  The 100 course is a cracking route too.  And really helpful that it merges with the 50 and 33 from a motivation / catapulting thing."

Rick

"I have nothing but utmost respect. Their approach was 100% participant centred, with meticulous detail in their planning. The aid stations were the best I have ever experienced with the most enthusiastic and motivating Marshal. I will be looking carefully at their other events as I know I will be guaranteed top notch service."

Gavin

Feedback from previous participants

 
 
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