High Peak 40 Result

Race date: Saturday 20th September 2014

The High Peak 40 is a 40-mile loop of the Peak District starting and finishing at Buxton Community School, taking in the Goyt Valley, Hayfield, Rushup Edge & Mam Tor, Castleton and Tideswell and Monsal Dale, to name but a few highlights. With parts of the route named “the road to hell” and “the ravine of doom”, and over 5500′ of ascent, it is not a race to be trifled with, but it actually good fun if you can get through the pain. The ultra-running community is very friendly and it’s a relatively small field, with only 140 taking part this year. The route is about 50-50 road and trail, so suits both road runners and trail runners alike.

Only one, slightly mad Strider took on the might of the race this year, in search of something a little quicker than the 8 1/2hrs it took him last year (that’ll be me then). I buddied up with my running partner from the 2013 Highland Fling and we set off to “get a sub-8”. In fact, my buddy had a hidden agenda in that he wanted to beat the time set by one of our friends last year (7h29). Once I realised what he was doing I went along with it simply thinking that it was as good a target as any for getting “sub-8”. In the event, despite a “minor” navigational error which shouldn’t have happened and cost us a good 6 minutes, and despite my hip-flexors giving up after Castleton, we finished in a rather surprising 7h10 – 28th position overall.

The winner was the great Marcus Scotney in 5h20 – a whisker short of the course record and leading lady was Kate Whitfield (Mercia FR) in 6h58.

I can highly recommend this race. It’s well organised, well marked and well marshalled. There’s plenty of cakes and biscuits supplied to nibble on whilst your legs are recovering. It’s just a pity it falls on the same weekend as the Sheffield Way Relay.

P Name Time
28= Trevor Watson 07:10:37

Full results available from Sport Systems or the High Peak 40 website

The dynamic duo at Litton in HP40. Pic courtesy Sue Jeff

The dynamic duo at Litton in HP40. Pic courtesy Sue Jeff

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