With a 14k plus course that moves through the famous crags of Stanage Edge and the Peak District, the Spirit of Ringinglow, due to take place this Sunday (2 June), maybe just two years old but is already making big inroads on the northern running scene.
Launched last year by Spirit Fortitude UK, the course really has been designed as a journey for runners. Runners depart from Fulwood Lane next to the locally famous Alpaca Farm, from there it turns on to Houndkirk Road before venturing off up the first incline at the side of Lady Cannings Plantation.
There onwards participants will follow the trail around the edge of the Peak District before crossing Burbage Bridge on Ringinglow Road and limb to the crags of Stanage Edge. At this point, the route drops down to offer stunning views of the three Redmires dams. Thereafter follows a final hill and a race to the finish line.
Word of the race has clearly got around since last year with many of the competitors returning this Sunday. Entries were well up on 2017 as well with registration closing in the first week of May.
The motto from race organisers Spirit Fortitude UK tells its own story of what runners can expect this weekend: “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you thought you couldn’t.”