Entry Information

The Peak District Challenge is a team walking or running event. It takes place on the night of Friday 22 September and the day of Saturday 23 September 2017, starting in Hathersage at postcode S32 1DU.

You can download all this information as PDF Pre-event information

Logistics: All events start and finish at Hathersage at postcode S32 1DU.

The Back Before Dark 10k event takes place on Saturday evening. You will start running at 6.03pm and are aiming to finish before 7.03pm in order to be Back Before Dark. There is no meal provided for Back Before Dark 10k runners, but Hathersage boasts several excellent eateries to refuel after your run! If you would like a more leisurely 10k walk you can start walking at 4.03pm on the Back Before Dark challenge.

All other routes (from 25-100km) finish on Saturday evening and are served a stew supper (included in your entry fee).

The Copper challenge starts at 9.30am on Saturday, so the 9 hour finishing target is at 6.30pm.

The Bronze challenge starts at 8.30am on Saturday, so the 12 hour finishing target is at 8.30pm.

The Silver and Gold challenges start at 9.00pm on Friday evening, so their 24 hour finishing target is 9.00pm on Saturday evening.

If you want to take part in the event and use public transport, the last trains home from Hathersage on Saturday (in 2016, and we expect will probably  be the same in 2017!) were at 22:41 to Manchester, 23.15 to Sheffield.

Participants and their supporters are also encouraged to spend the night in Hathersage at any of the local accommodation and take advantage of the local facilities and our celebration day on Sun 24 September 2017 before heading home the next day.

Photo by Pete Davis

Teams or solo entrants: The Peak District Challenge is a team event and you are encouraged to enter is a team of 3-5 people. Solo entrants are welcomed to the Back Before Dark 10k run. On the longer (25-100km) challenges, experienced and competent solo or duo competitors are allowed if they can show extensive walking and navigation experience at the time of registering. The event organiser, Wilderness Development regularly runs navigation training courses.

Entrants are not permitted any additional external support, eg pace runners or additional personal crews.

Entrants are encouraged to come in fancy dress, but it is not obligatory.

Navigate yourself or join a led group Only the 10km Back Before Dark route is flagged on the ground, on all other routes (25-100km) you’ll be met by volunteers only at checkpoints. You have the option of navigating yourself around the challenge route, or joining a led group with a qualified Mountain Leader from Wilderness Development. Mountain Leaders will lead groups on the Copper and Bronze challenges, taking care of your navigation and safety on the hill.

We publish more advice on “What level of navigation or map-reading ability do I need?” in our FAQs.

Entry fee Unlike some other charity challenges, where a big proportion of your “minimum sponsorship” is used to pay for the running costs of the event, the entry fee is an honest £19-61 per person, depending on the distance chosen. Then, if you choose to, 100% of any sponsorship you would like to raise goes directly to your chosen charity, or if you prefer the Peak District Challenge’s chosen charity, SALVE International. A discount on the entry fee is offered to those able to commit to fundraising a minimum of £100 for SALVE International. Fundraising is not obligatory, but we ask for a one-off donation (min £10) if you prefer not to commit to fundraising.

  • Back Before Dark 10km, £19
  • Copper 25km, £41
  • Bronze 50km, £46
  • Silver 75km, £56
  • Gold 100km, £61

Your entry fee covers:

  • Fully qualified, professional Mountain Leaders supporting the event and your safety.
  • Water stations.
  • A pre-walk registration and briefing, along with the route guides that you need.
  • A goodie bag at the end including an event t-shirt.
  • On 25-100km routes, drinks and snacks from our friendly volunteer checkpoints on the way round.
  • On 25-100km routes, a stew supper on Saturday evening.
  • Kit guidance and advice, a fundraising guide and sponsor forms if you choose to be sponsored.
  • A scenic and challenging route, and all pre-event planning.
  • Photos of you participating in the event.
  • A unique certificate to celebrate your achievement and your time.
  • A cash discount voucher to spend with the event organiser, Wilderness Development. This can even be redeemed in advance on any navigation training or walking courses that you take to prepare for the event.

Age limits

Silver and Gold Ultra challenges Minimum age 18
Bronze Challenge Minimum age 16. Under 18s must be part of a team of at least three people, one of whom is over 18.
Copper Challenges Minimum age 14.

  • 14 – 17 year olds can enter as part of a team of at least three people, one of whom is over 18.
  • 16 and 17 year olds can enter as a duo where the other person is 21 and their parent or legal guardian.
Back before Dark 10k Minimum age 14.

  • 14 – 17 year olds can enter as part of a team of at least three people, one of whom is over 18.
  • 14 – 17 year olds can enter as a duo where the other person is 21 and their parent or legal guardian.

You can download all this information as PDF Pre-event information

See some footage from the Peak District Challenge 2013 to see what you would expect to enjoy.

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22-23 September 2017

Please note main entries for the 2017 event have now closed.

Late entries will be accepted until Wednesday 20th September or until the event is full. Late entries will not be able to get a t-shirt.

Next year’s event:

21-22 September 2018 (Entries open Dec 2017)

Or if you don’t want to enter, you can make a one-off donation:

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