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Race #1

Markeaton Park

7pm Thursday 

9 November 2023

Race #2

Shipley Park

7pm Thursday

7 December 2023

Race #3

Calke Abbey

7pm Thursday

 11th January 2024

Entries

Full Series (all 3 events): £100
Single Event: £40 

Prices are for a team of up to four people

(+£2 per event per runner for those not affiliated to UKA/EA Athletics or a Trail Running Association Member.)

NOTES:

  1. Details of individual team members not required at time of entry - a 'Team Declaration' is made later (up to 2 days before each race). 

  2. Single event entries to Race 2 and 3 will open immediately after the previous race.

The ever popular Starlight Trails Relays are back for the 2023-24 series.

They are an exciting series of off-road relay races, with a twist. They will be in the dark, with runners using head-torches to illuminate their way on the trails. 

At each event teams will run 4 legs of 2 'country' miles but the courses will vary in difficulty.

The routes will be entirely off-road and use a variety of terrain, including hard-packed paths, woodland trails and grass. They will be well marked and have marshals at key points.

Team relays are renowned for creating a great atmosphere and being lots of fun for runners of all levels. So, with the added exhilaration of running at night, these races promise to be really exciting. 

The overall number of teams in each event will be limited, so please register early to guarantee your place. There will be no entries on the day.

Teams, Rules and Prizes

Individual Teams

Team can be entered in the following categories:

  • Male

  • Female

  • Mixed (at least 2 legs completed by females)

Prizes will be awarded at each event to the first team in each category. 

 

Team Captains can change their team members or category of team anytime until declaring their finalised team 48 hours (2 days) before the event.

Teams with less than 4 runners may compete, with individual runners completing more than one leg. 

 

Solo runners will be classified as a Male or Female Team.

At each event individual runners are not permitted to represent more than one team.

Best Performing Teams in the Series

There will also be a prize for the Best Performing Team in the whole series for each category.

 

To be eligible a team is only allowed to use substitute runners (in the event of the original team members from race #1 being unavailable) on a maximum 1 leg in subsequent races, and must compete in the same category at each event.

Club Competition

A trophy will be awarded to the Best Performing Club in the series. This will be based on a points system, with the 3 best performing teams across the categories (male/female/mixed) scoring for each club.  

 

To be eligible to score points teams must be made up of UKA affiliated members of the same running club and all be wearing club attire.

On the Night

At each event final registration and race number collection will take place between 5:45 and 6:45pm.  

There may be a short walk to the starting point, so please try and arrive in plenty of time as races will start at 7pm sharp.

All races will be "plastic free" in line with our environmental policies. Water will be provided in the transition/finish areas but participants will need to bring their own drinking vessel (cup or bottle).  

Race Venues

Event #1: Markeaton Park

The season kicks off at Markeaton Park in Derby. Post Code DE22 4AA

Parking: Available in the main Markeaton Park car park which is accessed via the main park entrance off Markeaton Island (junction of A38/A52). 

Toilets: There will be no toilets available within the park. Nearest are the services at Markeaton Island.

Registration: Peak Running gazebo located next to the car park.

Start/Finish: Adjacent to registration.

Race Route: The route is within the perimeter of the park and is on a combination of grass, woodland trails and some short sections of tarmac. It is the least hilly of the three events, but don't expect it to be completely flat.

Event #2: Shipley Park

This season continues at Shipley Park near Heanor. Post Code  DE75 7GX

Parking: Available in the main Shipley Park car park located at the end of Slack Lane.

Toilets: Toilets are available in the park.

Registration: Within the Shipley Park Visitor Centre.

Start/Finish: Open area of the park adjacent to Visitor Centre.

Race Route: A 2-ish mile loop within the park, which includes some hills and, almost certainly, some mud!.

Event #3: Calke Abbey

For the series finale, we move over to the spectacular Calke Abbey in South Derbyshire. Post Code DE73 7LE 

Parking: Car parking is available in the main car park at Calke Abbey. A small charge will be made per vehicle (except National Trust members)

Toilets: Toilets are available in the park.

Registration: Peak Running gazebo adjacent to the car park.

Start/Finish: Adjacent to car park.

Race Route: The route is 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, woodland tracks and grass, some of which is long and/or uneven.  As well as some nice downhill stretches, there are some cheeky climbs.   

Your Questions Answered

  • Background
    2024 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 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.
  • Entries
    Entries, 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)
  • 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
  • Schedule
    Friday 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 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. 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 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).

Terms and Conditions

No refunds are available once an entry has been purchased. However, the team of runners taking part does not need to be declared until 72 hours (3-days) prior to each race, and does not necessarily have to include the individual who purchased the entry.  Financial arrangements between the person purchasing the entry and team members running is considered a private matter between the individuals involved.  

Our general terms and conditions apply in other respects. They are available to access here

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