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High Peak 40 Mile Challenge

16-Sep-2017 Buxton, Broad walk, North West, UK (England)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
64KM / 40Miles
1 Day - 160 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  



This route is waymarked and a map is provided. There will be first aid cover throughout the event.

Runners will be issued with bib numbers and tally cards (to be stamped at each checkpoint) upon registration on the day of the event. There is a recommended set of items each runner must carry.

There will be 11 checkpoints and a certain number of passage control points along the route. There are partial cut-off times in force at each checkpoint, where runners will also be provided with drinks. Food and hot drinks will be available at the specified checkpoints only. Support vehicles are allowed.

There will be food and drink available to participants at the finish line.

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Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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06:50 01-10-16

The High Peak 40 is a lovely low key race, superbly organised with cheerful marshals at well stocked checkpoints. The route is very runnable with few technical sections so it could be a good introduction to trail ultras for someone more used to road races. Indeed around a third of the race is on road, albeit in picturesque surroundings. The frequent checkpoints stocked with drinks and snacks mean it is easy to run the race with a nice light pack - or it is hopefully less intimidating for less experienced runners. I was also pleased by the sensible kit list: few mandatory items so the choice is down to the competitor - as things should be.

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12:28 27-09-16

My first-ever attempt at an ultra and I don't think I could have picked a better one. On my doorstep the 40 mile challenge is very well organised, take in some stunning Peak District scenery and is well marked throughout. Mostly ran along trails and fells there are some very steep climbs but your are rewarded for your efforts with some fantastic views. Great support at checkpoints with snacks/drinks available - even a cup of tea at a couple - but beware CP10, the gateway to Hell! its a soul destroying 3 mile section of road that meanders off into the distance and then, when you get there, does the same again..and that's just before you're faced with a huge limestone ravine that you have to cross to the next checkpoint. Certainly no picnic..it's a tough challenge best summed up as 32 miles of heaven on earth, 8 miles of hell on earth. Fantastic welcome when you do reach the finish line and I'll certainly give it another go in 2017!

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06:37 20-01-16

This is a great trail run, very underrated. It's fantastic for novices as it is clearly marked with large arrows. The first half of the race takes in some of the best upland trail running around - running the ridges of Rushup Edge and Mam Tor/ Hollins Cross in 2015's stunning weather was an almost spiritual experience, the views are just amazing. The organisation is very slick as you would expect for an event that's been going for around 40 years. Checkpoints are good and there is even some food after!
The second half of the event does not quite live up to the highs of the first half with more lower level running and some road sections, but again would really suit marathon/ trail runners looking for the next step.
It's tough, clocking 41 miles ( not 40!). In 2015?the race was undersubscribed which is hard to believe when you see the hundreds of people trying to get in to the Lakeland 50.
Give this race a go- it's a fantastic race!!

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01:59 14-01-16

I absolutely loved this event. I entered fairly last minute when another race was cancelled and I wasn't confident that I was up to the challenge that the terrain would bring. However, for anyone keen to make the transition from flatter trail running to more technical and steeper races, this is a great one to do. Yes, there are steep hills and the ravine of doom is virtually impossible to run unless you're a pro. However, there are plenty of runnable bits, some road and such a variety of abilities and paces on the course that this is suitable for those newer to ultra running. The cut off times are generous and it has given me confidence to be more adventurous in my race choices.

If you like the feeling of a low key, small and friendly race, then this is perfect. The CPs are good and volunteers helpful. Navigation isn't too challenging and everyone I met was incredibly friendly. The scenery makes the climbs worthwhile and I would highly recommend this race.

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10:45 14-01-16

This is a very well organised yet low-key event which takes you through some of the more spectacular scenery of the Peak District. Whilst there's quite a lot of road on the course, I still quite enjoy it, even though I'm not normally a road runner.

The checkpoints are at regular intervals and are well-stocked with selections of brownies, fig-rolls and other sweet stuff, as well as plenty of water. I'd like to see a bit more in the way of savoury snacks, but that's only a minor nit. Just make sure you're at the Monsal Trail checkpoint early as there's usually fierce competition with the wasps for who gets the brownies. At the finish there's a great selection of sweet and savoury stuff as well as hot drinks.

Overall, a very friendly race which I'd heartily recommend.

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02:01 19-08-15

My first, and one of my favourite ultras!

Having been talking into running "HP40" 10 months after my first 10K, it was my first ultra, and at the time, the scariest challenge I've ever undertaken. Now, 3 years on, it's still one of my favourite ultras, and I plan to return ever year I can. It's a lovely route, with some beautiful views, challenging hills, well-stocked checkpoints and classic sections such as "the road to hell" and the "ravine of doom". A great low key ultra, from the days before ultra running was "trendy" and an event I hope will continue for many years to come.

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03:59 27-04-15

This small and unassuming classic Peak District Ultra takes in some of the best trails in the area. It's a testing route with some great tests in it and beautiful surroundings. Friendly marshalls and sporting competitors to share the experience with. Also has holds UTMB points! A nice race for the calendar and intro into ultra distance with hills!

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