The Pennine Bridleway Ultra Challenge, trail running from south to north, 270km in 100hours.
Including indoor checkpoints with hot meals and sleeping.
But the clock is always ticking, so you need to manage your race pace and strategy to complete all 270km within 100 hours.
You’ll have access to your drop bag at checkpoints.
The route is a mixture of fast trails, technical and challenging ascents, taking in The Peak District, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire moors, finishing in Cumbria. Total ascent is 6628 metres.
The course is run over established trails and rights of way. On some sections of the Pennine Bridleway, we will use defined walkers’ alternatives which avoid using roads. For environmental consideration, we don’t add any additional signage, but route finding for the majority of the course is very straightforward. We email GPX files to all entries well in advance and during the build up to the race as well as a comprehensive race briefing document.
There will be Ranger Safety Team support at HQ and at regular intervals with water. There is a hot meal, hot drinks, refreshments and sleeping space for athletes at indoor checkpoints and the race finish. Finishers medals and winners’ trophies.
Tuesday 19 April 2022
RACE HQ: Hayfield Cricket Club Pavilion. High Peak, Derbyshire, SK22 2LD
15:00 – 21:00 Race registration, kit check, tracker issue
Pre-Race: For athletes staying over on Tuesday night. Hayfield and the surrounding area have lots of pub-hotel and private b&b options as well as a campsite. The nearest YHA’s are in Edale & Castleton (you’ll need a car or pre-booked taxi for these). A search on Google will provide plenty of possibilities.
Getting to Hayfield: There is very limited long-term car parking in Hayfield. We’d like to remain on good terms with our community and not cause traffic chaos in the small village. So, we highly recommend getting dropped off for Race Registration, or taking public transport. During the day, there are regular bus services from Buxton, New Mills, Glossop and Stockport. There are regular main-line train services to the nearest stations, New Mills (2 miles from Hayfield) and Glossop. These taper off in the evening so please check the current timetables. Taxi services are available, these are better pre-booked from New Mills. There is a serviced taxi rank outside the station in Glossop.
Getting home: Kirkby Stephen railway station is on the Settle-Carlisle line with connections to Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and further afield.
Wednesday 20 April 2022
Please note: No registrations or kit check on Wednesday morning
07:45 Bring your drop bag to Race HQ
08:30 Private coach leaves Hayfield promptly to take athletes to the start
09:45 Private coach arrives at race start
10:00 Race start at Middleton Top
Sunday 24 April 2022
14:00 Race finish 100 hour cut-off
STAGE 1 – Start Middleton Top to CP1 Hayfield 59km Ascent 1202m
Access to drop bag. Hot food. Seats for resting. Max 4 hours in Checkpoint. Athletes must exit Checkpoint 1 by Thursday 08:00
STAGE 2 – Hayfield to CP2 Hebden Bridge 75km Ascent 2223m
Access to drop bag. Hot food. Bunk beds. Max 8 hours in Checkpoint. Athletes must exit Checkpoint 2 by Friday Midday
STAGE 3 – Hebden Bridge to CP3 Settle 68km Ascent 1647m
Access to drop bag. Hot food. Sleeping space. Max 8 hours in Checkpoint. Athletes must exit Checkpoint 3 by: Saturday 13:00
STAGE 4 – Settle to Finish Kirkby Stephen 68km Ascent 1556m
Drop bag. Hot food. Sleeping space. Max 8 hours in Checkpoint. Finish cut-off: Sunday 14:00
TOTALS: 270km / 100 hours / 6628m ascent
Please read through the following sections on kit, race rules and conditions. They’re quite detailed and will answer most FAQ’s.
THE KIT – TO BE CARRIED / WORN
THE KIT – KIT BAG – Max 15kg
This is the minimum compulsory kit list, applicable to all competitors. Each runner should carry their own items from the compulsory kit list. Sharing items, one between two etc is not allowed. We do not provide maps or any of the items on the kit list. Participants should review the forecast weather conditions add such items as necessary to keep warm, dry, fed and hydrated whilst on the trail.
This event offers the option to purchase Refund Protect. Participants can choose to cover their inability to attend with Refund Protect.