Essential Items

You should carry with you everything that you need to keep safe and comfortable during the event (with the exception of water, food, and for 50-100km challengers a “half way” bag). There are no indoor or undercover resting areas during the event, (only at the start and finish), so you need to prepare to be outdoors for the entire event.

The list below has been prepared following the advice from the International Trail Running Association, the Fell Running Association of the UK, and qualified event staff. Our only motivation in designing this list is your safety; there is nothing unnecessary on it. The amount of kit is neither excessively heavy, nor expensive. Going without all of this kit increases your risks whilst taking part in the event.

Each participant must be equipped with:

  • Waterproof jackets with taped seams and hood. Softshell or “coated” products are not suitable.
  • Waterproof trousers with taped seams.
  • Walking boots or shoes with a good tread and ideally with high ankle support.
  • An extra, spare warm jumper/fleece/primaloft, not worn at the start (not compulsory for 10km Back Before Dark event.) Real down not sufficient
  • Any personal medication you need, eg Inhaler, Epipen.
  • A headtorch per person. A good quality headtorch will make a big difference to your speed and safety overnight, and we’d particularly recommend the Petzl Nao and Myo headtorches. Expensive, but really worth it. Sunset on 22 September 2018 is at 7.06pm.  (Not compulsory for each Copper challenger, but one spare torch per copper team, including teams of one person for emergencies IS still required, for ALL challenges).
  • Adequate food and drink to last until the first “food” checkpoint.  (Not compulsory for 10km Back Before Dark event)
  • Hat and gloves

Each self-navigating team (including teams of 1) must also carry:

  • Waterproofed physical maps of the Peak District eg British Mountaineering Council Dark Peak, or both Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure Dark Peak (known as “OL1”) and White Peak (“OL24”). Electronic mapping and the route guide we provide are not sufficient on their own.
  • Minor first aid kit including blister and wound dressings. This can be self-assembled or shop-bought. These will be on sale for £5 at registration.
  • A spare headtorch and adequate spare batteries, including for Copper and solo challengers.
  • Separate, spare emergency food, not intended for consumption. (Not compulsory for 10km Back Before Dark event)
  • Whistle
  • Compass, for all teams except Copper Challengers. We strongly recommend a “reputable” brand of compass (eg Silva)– in our experience, with compasses, you really do get what you pay for.
  • Charged and waterproofed mobile phone (such as this 80g option). (Not compulsory for 10km Back Before Dark event)
  • Emergency shelter large enough for the whole team as below:
Individual entrants Teams of 2-5
Bronze and Copper Challengers
  • Survival Bag or
  • SOL Emergency Bivi
  • Survival bag each or
  • SOL Emergency Bivi each or
  • Group bothy bag
Silver and Gold Challengers
  • Survival Bag with Sleeping Bag or
  • Emergency personal shelter providing significant thermal protection, eg Blizzard Bag, SOL Escape Bivvy, SOL Escape Lite Bivvy. (SOL Emergency Bivi or lightweight “2 layer” Blizzard Bags are not acceptable)
  • Bothy bag AND
  • One emergency personal shelter providing significant thermal protection, eg Sleeping bag, Blizzard Bag, SOL Escape Bivvy, SOL Escape Lite Bivvy. (SOL Emergency Bivi or lightweight “2 layer” Blizzard Bags are not acceptable)
Back Before Dark 10km Challengers
  • Survival Bag or
  • SOL Emergency Bivi

are strongly recommended, but not compulsory

  • Survival Bag or
  • SOL Emergency Bivi

are strongly recommended, but not compulsory

Also consider

Bearing in mind that minimising weight will maximise your speed and comfort:

  • A pair of walking poles
  • Lightweight camera
  • How much water is appropriate, based on the conditions on the day (You’ll be able to refill at refreshment checkpoints).
  • Suncream and sunglasses.
  • Dry socks and a change of shoes (Only on 50-100km distances, we can drop these off for you at a “half way” checkpoint if you bag them up and clearly label them. There is no facility for “half way” bags to meet you on 10-25km routes).
  • Lightweight travel cup, to reduce our usage of single-use compostable cups and mitigate the event’s environmental impact.

21-22 September 2018
20-21 September 2019

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2019 entries

Non-fundraising entries on Copper 25km and Bronze 50km challenges have sold out for 2018.

Non-fundraising places remain on 10km, 75km and 100km distances for 2018, or you can chose to fundraise, or to enter for 2019 instead (entries open now!)


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