Last weekend saw event organisers Dig Deep Races host their festival of running across the stunning terrain of the Peak District. The weekend festivities included four races; the Ultra Tour of the Peak District (UTPD), an Intro Ultra, a 12.12 mile race and the Whirlow 10k Trail Challenge, all of which were preceded by a showing of the inspirational film The Dragons Back on the Friday evening.
In contrast to last year’s event, where runners encountered crippling heat on top of the challenging courses, conditions were far cooler. Saturday started bright and early with the UTPD leaving at 8am followed by the Intro Ultra’s at 10am. In both races the early leaders became the eventual winners, with Sally Fawcett winning the the senior female UTPD race and breaking the female course record in 10.43.25, while Ken Sutor led the men home in 09.47.30.
The Intro Ultra saw a determined Marcus Scotney win senior male by 30 minutes in an impressive time of 04.05.03.The Bradwell feed station was the main stopping point for both ultra events, with runners enjoying a proverbial smorgasbord of items, from pineapple to pork pies, to carry them through the remainder of their races.
Sunday dawned with runners facing warm conditions for both the 12.12 and Whirlow 10K. Both races are known to be challenging, with various going out over Burbage Moor on to Higger Tor and back via the Limb Valley. The two shorts events are said to offer exceptionally beautiful trails in spectacular scenery.
Ian Loombe, race director for Dig Deep Races, commented: “The feedback for the event has been overwhelming with so many kind comments. The team at 8.2 worked really hard to put the event together so were suitably proud. The date for next year’s event is set for the 15/16 August with booking available from August this year!”
For more information on Dip Deep events, which includes an upcoming weekend at Suffolk, visit the event website.