Event Details


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 Mountaineering club.  A unique feature of the event is being greeted by a couple of cheerful students at every checkpoint.

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.

Start and finish procedure-

  • The event centre at Edale Village Hall is open from 7pm
  • Please arrive at least an hour before your given start time.
  • Please remember that the car park is “Pay and Display” and they do check. Bring plenty of change.
  • On arrival register at the desk to confirm your personal details and that you have read these rules and details and therefore understand the nature of the event and the potential risks in participation.
  • You will be given a Sport-ident tag at registration (hire included in entry fee).
  • All competitors will have their kit checked prior to the start. Do not skimp on clothing or equipment!  The list of equipment in the rules is the minimum.
  • Food (sandwiches, flapjack, bananas etc) and hot drinks will be available in the hall before the start and at the Moscar and Snake checkpoints. Do not rely on this though, all competitors are required to carry their own food and drink.
  • At the finish there will be a hot meal (some sort of stew with vegetarian option) available until 4pm on Saturday.
  • The trophies will be presented at about 12pm on Saturday in Edale Village Hall.
  • The event closes at 5pm Saturday.

The HPM is not a organised by a commercial company but by keen outdoor folk like yourself. Its an old fashioned hill walk/ run organised purely for its own sake and for fun by old and new members of the university’s outdoor clubs. It does not aim to make a profit. We really enjoy doing it every year and know so many of you do- long may that continue!


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