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Alice and Naomi beat the Bronze 50km challenge in 2013

This International women’s day we are upping our search for strong women to tackle a huge 90km team walking or running challenge with us on 29-30th August 2014.

First run in 2013, this gruelling null only had 22% of entrants complete the course, and despite courageous effort none of which have yet been women. We want to change that in 2014.

We are therefore searching for strong women to join teams ready to take up the challenge and get themselves in the Peak District Challenge record books.

Nicola training in the Lake District

Nicola Sansom, co-founder of S.A.L.V.E. International and 90km participant in 2014  (what better way to pre-celebrate your 30th birthday?) said, “I am calling out for as many women as possible to come and take to the hills with me in 2014 for this rather terrifying challenge. I’m definitely not fit enough now to take on what is essentially a double marathon in the hills, so have many gruelling months of hard slog to put in to try to take on the challenge in August. I am not entirely sure I will be able to make it no matter how much training I do – so I’d like to see lots more women signing up to make sure the Gold 90km Challenge is beaten even if I fall down along the way!”

More about the event

The Red Hot Chilli Steppers celebrating at the end of their epic 80km challenge

The Peak District challenge will start and finish in scenic Hathersage. The whole event is timed and accessible with public transport from Manchester or Sheffield in mind to encourage participants and supporters to reduce their impact on the environment.

Teams attempting the Gold (90km) and Silver (80 km) challenges will start on Friday 29th August in the evening and try to complete the challenge within the 24 hour target. Bronze (50km) and Copper (25km) challenge teams will start on Saturday 30th August and aim to finish within a 12 hour target.

In total there are four different gruelling options to put your hiking boots or running shoes to the test. Pick your challenge (25, 50, 80 or 90 kilometres), pick your charity and get training.

This event is being organised by Wilderness Development to raise funds for as many charities as possible, and in particular their chosen favourite charity for this year Manchester and Ugandan based S.A.L.V.E. International.

The Holy Walkamolies having a lot of fun on the way around the Copper 25km challenge

Will Sheaff, the event organiser from Ashton-under-Lyne said, “I wanted to create a series of challenges that inspire more people to get out and explore the beautiful varied landscape of the Peak District. There are so many good causes, both local and international, looking to raise funds to continue their good work despite the challenging economic climate. So I wanted to create challenges that allowed as many charities as possible to benefit. Last year the event raised over £8000 for good causes – I hope that we can raise even more this year!”

For more information and to sign up please go to www.peakdistrictchallenge.com or contact Will Sheaff: will@peak-district-challenge.co.uk or call 07941 645 520.