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Welcome to the HPM

Next Event –  Friday 3rd- Saturday 4th March 2017
Entries -NO NEW ENTRIES FOR 2017

Following the cancellation of the 2016 event all 2016 teams have been carried over to 2017. There are no new entries being taken for 2017. Sorry to disappoint those who didn’t get in 2016 and won’t get chance for 2017. The chosen 2016 teams had paid and didn’t run (including many that had tried and failed to make start list before). Places may become available if teams drop out, in which case I will contact teams that just missed 2016 start list.

Teams will be contacted in the next few days asking for confirmation that they want place (at reduced price entry fee).

Apologies again to teams not given opportunity to enter.

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.

Warning!- The HPM can test a competitor’s fitness, endurance and navigational skills to their limit.  The route is at least 42 miles long and for much of it the terrain is pathless peat bog. The dark, lack of sleep and winter weather add to the challenge.  All entrants should therefore be certain that they have the fitness, navigation and general mountaineering skills required to make a safe passage. Previous experience of long days  hill walking/ fell running or mountaineering are essential and entrants are required to confirm previous events and achievements.  Every entrant must be capable of navigating their own way off the moor in the dark.

The start and finish is the village hall in Edale (GR 123 853).  Teams start at one minute intervals from 11pm on the Friday evening, with an earlier 10pm start available for ‘walking teams’.  Tea and sandwiches are available at Edale before the start.  Various food stuffs, hot drinks and water will be available en-route at Moscar, and Snake Summit.  A full meal will be provided at the finish.

How to Enter- SEE NEWS ABOVE
Entries can be made via the link above from the 1st to 30th of November only.
The cost is £22 each (£88 per team) and includes Sport-Ident timing tag hire and food.
We receive far more applications than we have places available. We will confirm which teams have been accepted and ask for their entry fee in December.

HPM 2017 Entries

Following the cancellation of the 2016 event all 2016 teams have been carried over to 2017. There are no new entries being taken for 2017. Sorry to disappoint those who didn’t get in 2016 and won’t get chance for 2017. The chosen 2016 teams had paid and didn’t run (including many that had tried and failed to make start list before). Places may become available if teams drop out, in which case I will contact teams that just missed 2016 start list.

Teams will be contacted in the next few days asking for confirmation that they want place (at reduced price entry fee).

Apologies again to teams not given opportunity to enter.

New Route details

For those who can’t reccy the new route a few clues from my trip up there last Sunday. Red line is me wandering looking for trods, but in the dark you’ll just have to stick to bearings. After 2nd lot of flag stones  leave the main path at larger of 3 cairns ( first 2 very small). There’s a small stone post leaning over just after turn. Reasonable trod here at 312 deg takes you into brook. Follow this but keep on 300 bearing where brook turns north.  Reasonably firm grassy ground  until edge path is reached between High Stones and Margery HillBack Tor- Cut Gate

Route- potential change

Route now on website- very sorry not on new site earlier, I was waiting (and still am) for confirmation of route from the National Trust between Back Tor (east of CP9) and Cut Gate (CP11). Last year the NT manager suggested we revert back to original watershed route which we agreed to implement this year. He has now left and the new manger knew nothing about it. I am trying to get a decision asap. It might be nice to revert back to the old route, if anyone has any thoughts please post/ message me. For now last year’s route is posted.