- 17th October 2021 (11.00am)
- FRA Category: BL
- Distance: 21.7km / 13.5m
- Climb: 762m / 2500ft
- Venue: Burbage Institute,Bishops Lane, Buxton, SK17 6UL.
- Grid ref: 044730
- Skills & experience: ER, PM, LK, NS
- Minimum age: 18
It can be pretty wet in the Goyt Valley, many of the paths can be boggy – you will need Fell Shoes or something similar. The descent after Shining Tor to Stake Clough is particularly bad, please take care.
The wooden boardwalks and at least 2 wooden bridges are very slippery if wet, think Bambi on ice and please take care.
The Goyt Valley road is closed to vehicles due to landslips. This means we can’t have a drinks station in the valley, so we’ll have a limited quantity of water available at Pym Chair Car Park. Please fill up there: we’d STRONGLY recommend you take a bottle or other container with you round the course. There is of course water in the River Goyt, help yourself to as much as you like when you cross….
The above also means we’ve changed the route ever so slightly from previous years to pass through Pym Chair Car Park, (the coldest windiest car park in the world), this bit’s well marked and avoids the bog of doom on the cut through, and adds all of about 50 yards to your route.
The changes are shown on the map (see Route Tab above) – we’ll have some copies available at the start. Note the route is fixed: you must follow the route marked on the map and on the ground.
Full kit as per the FRA regulations is required, (any runner turning up with just a blue duffle coat, red hat and a couple of marmalade sandwiches will be sent off to get more kit: this would not even be barely adequate.)
Waterproof whole body cover (with taped seams and integrated attached hood), hat and gloves, map of the route, compass, whistle and emergency food. Additionally a bit of first aid kit would be a sensible precaution, and we’d strongly recommend a water bottle or similar: there is water at two points on route.
In spite of all these dire warnings the race should be good: We’re hoping that each year some folks will actually make it to the start and back to the finish, and we’ll have a warm welcome awaiting you and some food and drink, and prizes: