Event Manager’s Report
Thanks to you for taking park this year, and congratulations on your achievements. The event was organised by a large team of volunteers and mountain leaders, who worked long and late to support your efforts. If you would be willing to return the favour in future years, we’d love to have you.
So far as I am aware, the event went well overall; Thanks for the kind messages we’ve received so far. Common “highlights” included the addition of the final climb to Froggatt Edge for Bronze and Gold Ultra(!), the variety of checkpoint foods, and Rania and Dinaa’s “drop in picnic” setup at Calver Bridge. If you have any negatives or points of feedback for us, please get in touch – we’re here to help.
Chris Rushworth’s victory on the Gold Ultra was the athletic achievement of the night, completing his 100km in 12h 49m, in the process setting a new course record, and beating Jasmin Paris’ 2015 time by well over an hour. Chris’ time has scope for improvement if in future years he doesn’t also spend a few minutes helping the checkpoint team with a tricky lock at Castleton Village Hall checkpoint.
Richard Sutton took the 75km Peak District Challenge Silver medal in 11 hours and 12 minutes, but Nick Jones’ 2020 record remains unbroken. Luke and Martyn’s runner up performance also deserves praise, their Duo score beating many solo runners.
The warmth of the night was a pleasant surprise for the overnight entrants, but the heavy dew caught many out, with at least two retirements attributable to wet feet. Some clear skies made for superb nightscapes and good running conditions, but the heat rose during the day, affecting the Copper runners in particular.
Will Carver regained his 2019 title on the Peak District Challenge Bronze event, shaving 25 minutes off his previous winning time in the process. Maddie Brunt was the fastest lady in 05:42:13. Taylor Spencer’s team provided characterful entertainment and energy, the 25 school friends enjoying several(!) beers en-route to raising over £8000 for Ashgate Hospice Care.
Darren Barnett’s 2:27:19 on the Peak District Challenge Copper scythed 21 minutes off Janine Roberts’ 5-year-old record, in scorching conditions. The cooling evening was perfect for the Back Before Dark 10k fell race, but only Sam Brown joins the limited elite by achieving the stated challenge to be home before meteorological sunset.
We certainly hope to see you back in future years; Our list of ideas for 2022 includes giving you easier access to checkpoint and route guidance, to better plan your routes. We’ll also try to make the BBD 10k briefings simpler and more distinct, and source a water boiler for HQ brews. If you have other requests, please let me know.
If you thought the event was brilliant, we’d be so grateful if you’d write a public review. It’s one of the main ways new entrants hear about us, so please consider a sentence or two on Facebook Reviews, FindARace, or RaceCheck. Those fundraising topped £11,000 in total for a range of charities and good causes.
Finally, the “surely he’s joking” moment of the event came from David: Fearing his watch registered only 99km covered, he headed out to cover an additional 700m to ensure he hit triple figures before sitting down.
We’re grateful to Decathlon Sheffield Store for sponsoring our photo competition. The competition winner was Adrian Woollas, who wins £50 to spend in store.
All known photos so far can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/pdcwd/photos
We have (in a few cases), higher resolution images, or further variations of the images online. If you’d like to request more photos of yourself, just send a link to an existing photo of yourself, and we’ll see if we have any more of you.
Team Tracking splits and routes
Peak District Challenge Results 2021
Results are provisional but further changes are not anticipated.
|Gold Ultra 100km|
|211||Pilgrim||Father & Son||DNF|
|711||Open||Bronze Led Team||10:10:29|
|374||Taylor||Spencer’s Bronze Team Guide A||12:09:02|
|375||Taylor||Spencer’s Bronze Team Guide B||12:43:27|
|710||Open||Copper Led Team||08:52:13|
|Back Before Dark 10km|
Thanks to our fantastic event partners
Our incredibly generous sponsors provide prizes, goody bag items and discounts for you. If you liked the products you encountered on the way around your challenge, we heartily encourage you to consider these generous Peak District shops and brands for your next purchases:
Alpkit have designed kit for people to go nice places and do good things for over a decade. From tents and bikes to climbing gear and swimwear, we heartily recommend a visit to their Hathersage shop (and kit repair centre), to browse or just for a coffee. Thanks to Alpkit for offering a prize on the 50km Bronze Challenge. www.alpkit.com
Go Outdoors in Hathersage – The wonderful local GO Outdoors shop in Hathersage provided two fantastic prizes to support you in your future outdoor adventures. https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/stores/hathersage
Swizzels – We are delighted to be partnering with Swizzels sweets who are based in the Peak District. They provided some tasty treats for all the entrants in their goody bags. Yum! https://swizzels.com/
The Banff Mountain Film Festival – The best new films from the worlds most prestigious film festival. Providing tickets to one of the UK showings. www.banff-uk.com
Forest and Fire are a fantastic local brand, with beautiful clothing, badges and stationary, inspired by the Dark Peak District. They have donated your finisher’s sticker, so visit www.forestandfire.co.uk for beautiful gifts and mementos.
|We’re really excited to be offering Balmy Fox prizes at the Peak District Challenge. Balmy Fox skincare products will repair and protect your skin, using natural, organic and Fair Trade ingredients – we love their ethos and creams.|
Use code PEAK21 for 15% off at balmyfox.co.uk
We’re delighted to have offered you Tenzing energy drink at Castleton and Baslow checkpoints. Tenzing have superb ethical credentials, from their carbon-negative business, to their rainforest-alliance certified ingredients, to their tree-planting programme. Visit teamtenzing.com for more info
Decathlon Prizes were awarded to our finishers, from Decathlon Sheffield Store.
They also sponsor our photo competition, so make sure to tag your photos on Instagram @peakdistrictchallenge and @decathlonuk, #decathlonsheffield for a chance to win a £50 voucher!
We’re delighted to be able to include Compeed Blister Plasters in your goody bags this year.
Hopefully you won’t need them – but we are grateful to Compeed for supporting the Peak District Challenge with blister plasters – just in case! www.compeed.co.uk
A Hathersage institution, Outside shop and cafe has all the gear and equipment you might want for your adventures, and is a great place to browse for art with a coffee in the famous upstairs cafe. Thank you for donating a prize to be awarded this year. www.outside.co.uk
European Outdoor Film Tour are finally going on tour again and with their twentieth programme. Their screenings bring you unique adventures around the world and inspiring stories on the big screen.
We have a pair of tickets to give away as Peak District Challenge prizes too!