Dig Deep – Peak District Races in association with MAMMUT
A weekend of great races in the Peak District
21st – 22nd June 2014
Dig Deep is a weekend festival of races and all things running in some of the most beautiful and challenging trails in the UK. Take your pick from 4 fantastic races; from the awesome Ultra Tour of the Peak District (60 miles) to the Whirlow 10k trail Challenge we have a race to suit every fitness level.
- As well as the races there will be a chance to snap up some great bargains with our retail partner Outside who will be around for the whole weekend.
- Running films – free to view
- Talks and demonstrations
- Fun runs, challenges and trials for all the family (Saturday and Sunday)
- Farm fresh food – delicious food straight from Whirlow Hall Farm
- Beer and refreshments supplied by local breweries
- Sponsors kit demo (opportunity to test the best kit out)
- Orienteering and navigation courses
- On site camping is available all weekend
- Whirlow Hall Farm Trust will be putting on various fundraising events for grown up’s and kids which will include running, archery and much more (Sunday only).
|The Ultra Tour of the Peak District||60 miles||21st June 2014||
|The Peak Trail ‘Intro Ultra’||30 miles||21st June 2014||
|The 12.12||12.12 miles||22nd June 2014||
|The Whirlow 10k Trail Challenge||6 miles||22nd June 2014||
|Dig Deep Recce Day||16th March 2014||
|Dig Deep Recce Day 2||13th April 2014||
|Dig Deep Training day and ULTRA talks||22nd May 2014||
Navigation Training (delivered by Fell Running Guide):
|Navigation training||22nd March 2014||
|Navigation training||12th April 2014||
|Navigation training||17th May 2014||
About the event
The Dig Deep weekend is brought to you by Eight Point Two. We designed and ran the very first Ultra Tour of the Peak District and the 12.12 race in 2012. Both races were such a great success that we just had to continue them. After the success of 2012 and 2013 we've developed the event and have incorporated the Intro Ultra (30 miles) in to the program. Eight Point Two deliver races and events throughout the UK including the JCB Mud Run and the Whole Hog Races.
About the Races
All of the races are predominantly trail races. There are occasional road sections on the Ultra Tour of the Peak District and the Intro Ultra but apart from that its traffic free all the way! All of the races incorporate hills and, whilst we wouldn't describe any of them as being fell races, they all enter some hilly terrain. We believe the races show the best of what the Peak District has to offer and sometimes you have to work that little bit harder to see it!
The Ultra Tour of the Peak District (60 miles)
The Ultra Tour of the Peak District and the Intro Ultra both exceed the traditional marathon distance putting them both in to the ULTRA category. The Ultra Tour of the Peak District is not designed for novice Ultra runners. The route has 2722 metres of ascent and enters in to some quite remote areas where navigation skills would be necessary. However, it is a brilliant route and should be on your 'MUST DO' list of races to complete.
The Ultra Tour of the Peak District is a qualifying race (2 points) for the Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc.
The Intro Ultra (30 miles)
The Intro Ultra follows the Ultra Tour of the Peak District along parts of its length but deviates from certain key sections (Derwent Edge and Kinder). This means that the Intro Ultra is less committing in terms of distance and the ground you will cover. It's still a long way and has some grueling climbs to tackle but the high, uncultivated moorland is missed from the route.
This race was one of the highlights of the Dig Deep event largely due to the amazing diversity of the trails you follow. The route is fully signed but we do ask competitors to carry maps and compass because of the nature of the ground around the Burbage valley and the potential for bad weather (and therefore bad visibility). The 12.12 is a hilly course but you won't forget the views from Higger tor!
The Whirlow 10k Trail Challenge
10k - there or thereabouts! This race isn't for your average road runners out to get a PB! There are hills, awkward trails and possibly mud to encounter! In other words, a proper trail race! Added to this the race fees are donated to Whirlow Hall Farm Trust.
The Whirlow Hall Farm Trust is the main charity beneficiary from the event. Eight Point Two strive to ensure that every possibility to help the trust raise money is committed to. For example, all of the free food for race entries is bought directly from the farm. Also, if you are entering the Whirlow Hall 10k Trail Challenge every penny from this race will go to the Trust. If you are interested in fundraising further for the Trust please let us know.
The Whirlow Hall Farm Trust was founded in 1979 as an educational trust working with inner city children and young people with special needs or disabilities. Since that date, over 250,000 children have visited Whirlow on a daily or residential basis. We are a unique environmental and educational charity and we are pleased to be the main beneficiary of the event.
Dave Taylor from Fell Running Guide (Fell Running Guide, offering guided running and navigation training for off road runners) is also involved in the development and running of the event so expect to see him out and about!