The High Peak Marathon is an over-night mountain marathon for teams of four which follows a route based on the Derwent Watershed over 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- to take one of the Peak’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 now organised by the University of Sheffield Mountaineering club. A unique feature of the event is being greeted by a couple of cheerful students at every checkpoint.
The High Peak Marathon is highly regarded by fell runners and walkers as a very special event. It attracts entrants from across the UK including many famous names in the sport. We accept entries for 50 teams of 4 and receive far more entries than can be accommodated. Entries are vetted for evidence of previous experience and navigation skills. Last year the event was cancelled due to heavy snow and the entries carried over to 2019.
The HPM can test a competitor’s fitness, endurance and navigational skills to their limit. The route is at least 40 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 and navigation skills and experience required to make a safe passage.
The start and finish is the village hall in Edale (GR SK-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 Cutthroat Bridge and Snake Summit. A hot meal will be provided at the finish.
How to Enter
Entries can be made via the website from the 1st to 30th of November only.
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. All entrants will then be sent full details of the event.