We are sorry but due to the moorland restoration work we are having to change the route from Cut Gate to Swains Head. The new route will descend from Cut Gate (SK 185, 960) to a new checkpoint at Slippery Stones (SK 170, 953) and then follow the valley to Swains Head (SK 132, 983). This is due to Natural England’s instruction to landowners (in this case the National Trust) not allow activities and events where ground restoration work is taking place.
We suggested an alternative route to try and keep to the higher ground via Bull Stones, Crow Stones and the Horse Stone. But this area of moorland is being managed to encourage Hen Harriers to nest and the birds are easily disturbed
The route change introduced last year with the new checkpoint Cartledge Flat (SK 207, 931) will remain.
Details of your start time and how to order a T-shirt will be sent out soon.
The list of teams for 2018 below. Note we also have an official reserve list. We expect most reserves will get to run as inevitably teams drop out. Sorry if your team wasn’t picked in the lottery. This year’s entry list and draw was still affected by the year we missed due to snow in 2016. Having carried over all the teams from the 2016 to the 2017 race there were a lot of entrants that haven’t run HPM since 2015 or before. We decided to give those who missed out increased odds (we count by the individual entrants in each team not just the team name). We also had a lot of teams drop out last time and carry over their place. We give the top 3 overall and category winners automatic entry, so there were just 30 places for 62 entered teams to fight over. If you missed out this year you will be given better odds next year.
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After last year’s snow enforced sabbatical it was great to be back in Edale Village Hall on the first Friday in March. The atmosphere pre-High Peak Marathon is quite special as the teams contemplate the task ahead of them. This year that task seemed to include walking on water and although the rain had stopped just before the start, the bogs were full of liquid and ready to swallow something more solid. Continue reading
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 Hill