I wouldn’t ordinarily write a blog about a race I have done here, but seeing as this is also walking and climbing challenge, I thought it would be of interest to a wider circle of people.
Edale Mountain Rescue put on this annual event to raise money for the Team. You can, however, just pay an entry fee if you do not wish to fundraise. It is a beautiful route along 9 Gritstone Edges, heading south from Derwent Dam and ending at the Robin Hood Inn in Baslow and is roughly 20 miles long with 900 meters of elevation gain.
Walkers and climbers start anytime between 7.30 and 9am, with the climbers having to climb one route per Edge and finish by 6pm.
The route is stunning, even in the appalling weather we had that day. Starting at Fairholmes by Derwent Dam, you immediately climb straight up onto the moor. Normally you would head straight for the first Edge, Derwent Edge, but this year we were re-routed to protect the moor. However the views of the Derwent valley, even through the low cloud, were stunning.
Photo by kind permission of Simon Walkden and taken on a nicer day! But it shows exactly where the start of the race is.
This is the view I got from the top:
There are three main hills to climb at the beginning, as you can see from my elevation profile from the day, but once those are out of the way it’s actually mostly downhill.
The route meanders south, mostly following the river Derwent and you can see clearly from this map the moors, the Edges and then the drop down to the valley below.
A friend of mine, Austin, came to run this event with me and it was his first proper visit to the Peak District. Despite the weather, he loved it and will definitely return. Once you’ve been I can almost guarantee the Peak District will entice you back again.