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High Peak Marathon

Edale, Derbyshire, GB
Mar 4–5, 2016

Type: Running - Local

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The High Peak Marathon is an over-night mountain marathon for teams of four which follows a route based on the Derwent Watershed around the high moors of Derbyshire. This classic 40 mile bog-trot around the wildest part of the Peak District was first completed in 1918 by Eustace Thomas of Manchester’s Rucksack Club. The High Peak Marathon was first organised in 1972 by members of Sheffield University’s Youth Hostel Society. This was their idea of a challenge- take one of the Peak District’s longest, toughest routes and see who could complete it, at night, in winter (their definition of ‘a good night out’ was quite different from most of their fellow students!). The event is still organised by past and present members of the university’s outdoor clubs, a unique feature of the event is being greeted by a couple of cheerful students at every checkpoint.

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