Throughout February 2024 (1st - 29th)
Run for the Trees is back for it's fourth year!
After a successful debut in 2021, Run for the trees has remained a popular fixture in the peak running calender. We hope you'll join us in 2024!
Run for the Trees is a fun, personal challenge event for runners and walkers alike, to keep you active as the novelty of the new year begins to wear off. this challenge can be completed anywhere in the world and leaves a positive footprint on the planet, as the more miles we cover the more trees will be planted in the national forest.
Pssst... as 2024 is a leap year, you'll get 29 days to complete your challenge instead of 28!
What's back for 2024
Run-Forest Race Series: The (optional) virtual race series is back.
The Run-Forest Grand Slam: Similar to in previous years, if you complete all ten of the virtual races in the "Run-Forest Race Series", you'll achieve the coveted Run-Forest Grand Slammer award.
Guided Events: There will be a number of guided events throughout February, from evening head-torch runs to Sunday bRUNch clubs. Guided events will be free of charge for RFTT participants, though pre-booking will be required. The full schedule of guided activities will be released in January 2024.
Dogwood Challenge: After it's hugely popular debut in 2023, the Dogwood Challenge is back in 2024 meaning that you can complete Run for the Trees with your four-legged friend with this special canicross addition! Similar to the Cherry Challenge, you and your woofer will need to complete 50 miles in total during February to receive a special coaster for your efforts... with a little more bark.
Exclusive The Derby Runner discount: RFTT is once again supported by The Derby Runner and they are offering all participants of this challenge an exclusive 20% discount in-store with proof of entry. More details about how to use this offer will be sent via email after entering the challenge.
How it works
There are 4 levels to choose from plus, for the very ambitious, the option of trying to achieve the 'RUN-FOREST GRAND SLAM'.
Each of the levels has a mileage target for you to aim for during the 28 days of Feb (+ the additional day as it's a leap year!) which can be completed by running, walking or a mix of both. Plus, there are ten virtual races forming the Forest Race Series that you can take part in as you accumulate your mileage. These virtual races can be completed from any location and we have mapped out some fantastic suggested routes in the National Forest that you can explore if you wish.
You also have the option to join guided events. All mileage clocked up when running / walking solo and as part of the group events, count towards your total.
Downloadable Race Number for you and/ or your dog
Entry to Virtual Races (optional)
Entry to guided events (optional)
Wooden Award, with a little more bark! (crafted locally)
Quarter Share in a Tree to be Planted
20% Discount at Derby Runner
(+£1.50 booking fee)
Please note that the above images are examples of the 2022 coasters.
Groups and Families: If you are a couple, family or group of friends and wish to have tree dedicated to you, we can do this. If 4 of you enter the Cherry Challenge or 2 of you enter the Lime Challenge (or 2 x Cherry and 1 x Lime), just let us know after you have entered that you'd like to pool your entries for a dedicated tree.
Run-Forest Race Series
These are the virtual events in the Run-Forest Race Series. You can complete the distances wherever you like, though there are suggested routes for your to download and use if you're local to the area or would like a change of scenery!
Links to the routes in various formats are provided, from where you can download GPX files. Also, if you are a subscriber to Ordnance Survey Map online, you will be able to print a detailed map at the scale of your choice.
We have tried to make the distances of the routes as accurate as we reasonably can. However, please be aware that different devices will give slightly different results when measuring distance with GPS functionality, so you may find up to 5% variation. So to record your virtual race distance you may reach your personal finish line shortly before the end of our routes OR may have to continue a short distance beyond the end of our route to reach the required distance.
Whether you use our suggested routes or design your own, remember you complete them at your own risk as you would on a training run, taking responsibility for the safety of yourself and others you run or share the trails with.
For some routes we are organising a guided option, so you can run the route with our qualified run leaders. Details will be updated in the Guided Events section below in due course.
PLEASE NOTE: We're currently in the process of updating some of the suggested routes below. The routes will be updated ready for the start of the challenge on 1st Feb 2024.
Virtual Races Rules
Participation in virtual races - aka The Run-Forest Race Series - is optional and included in your entry fee. We have mapped out some great suggested routes for you to use, but you can run the races anywhere you choose to.
To enter a race you must cover the distance of that race in a single outing. You cannot enter more than one race simultaneously, e.g. use a 5-mile split for the Half Bash race while running 10-miles for the Personal Bash.
You are responsible for timing your run. Races times must be based on 'elapsed' time (the difference between the time of day you start and the time you finish) not 'moving time'. If you stop during your effort (e.g. to take photographs, visit the toilet etc.) this time must be included in your race time, as it would be in a normal race.
Race times must be submitted via the ResultsBase website as soon as possible after you have taken part, but no later than 24 hours after the end date of the event.
To be eligible for prizes based on times and race positions, and to gain the 'Run-Forest Grand Slam' award, you must be able to provide evidence (such as links to or screen shots of GPS recordings on Strava or Garmin Connect) for your race efforts.
There will be results for each event, and prizes for the fastest male and female time. There will also be prizes in other categories not based on time or position (e.g. best photos). Full details of these are currently being finalised.
Please note that the virtual races are informal events that you can take part in at your own risk. As you would on a training run, you are responsible for taking care for the safety of yourself and others.
After the success of the guided events for previous Run for the Trees challenges, we're are excited to be offering this again in 2024, meaning that we can explore some fantastic National Forest locations together. All guided events will be optional and if you'd prefer to explore the routes at a time more convenient for you, you can use our suggested routes instead.
The Guided Events will be free for participants of Run for the Trees (there may be exceptions for longer events). Please note that you will be required to pre-book your place on all Guided Events and you will need to let us know if you can't make it so that we can make the space available for another participant. You can secure your place on the events from here.
If you have a friend or family member who is not entered into Run for the Trees but would like to join a guided event, they can do so on a "pay as you go" basis.
2024 Guided Events Schedule:
** COMING SOON **
If you achieve your target distance - which we hope you will! - over the 28 days you'll receive a specially made coaster crafted locally from sustainable wood. Plus you can compete for other prizes in various categories, including - but not limited to - the best performances in the virtual race series.
Part of your entry fee will go towards planting new trees in the National Forest, providing a legacy of more green space for our community to enjoy and a positive environmental impact. The more miles that are covered during the event, the bigger the area of new forest we create.
As well as the above, all participants will receive a 20% discount at the Derby Runner.
The National Forest
25 years ago, large swathes of the Midlands landscape had been left scarred by centuries of coal mining and other heavy industry. But a passionate group of people had a vision: a forest. - the first forest to be created at scale in England for over 1000 years!
The National Forest Company was formed and is a charity that works with public, private, voluntary and community organisations to create the National Forest. One of the boldest environmental regeneration projects in the world, they are truly transforming a scarred landscape from black to green. But the story doesn’t stop here. They believe that trees are the catalyst for transformation, not only of the landscape but of the economy and for our communities too.
By continuing to grow the Forest, making it accessible to all and creating a woodland culture of passionate people who can engage with it, there will be a lasting benefit for generations to come.
For more information visit their website here.
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).