trail weekend - Peak District
This past weekend saw 11 wonderful people come along to my Trail Weekend in the amazing Peak District. We were blessed with awesome weather and the best trails you could possibly imagine.
The weekend started on Friday, when we went for a 7 mile jaunt around the local area, offering everyone a taste of what was to come during their time with Running Adventures in the Peak District. We then settled down for some dinner as I ran through the plan for the next few days. We stayed in the fantastic Twitchill Cottages, just up the hill from Hope, I catered for everyone, so they could relax in the garden or the swimming pool when we weren't out running.
After a quick workshop on uphill and downhill running technique, Saturday saw us take on a spectacular 19 mile loop, taking in Mam Tor, Brown Knoll, Kinder Scout and much more. The views were spectacular and the trails were even better, offering some awesome running for everyone. We had a few trail running first timers in the group and they couldn't have asked for a better introduction to trail running.
On Sunday we ran to Bamford Edge and Stanage Edge, making time to play on the rocks as we went. 12 miles saw us complete a lovely route before we were back at our cottages. Quick swim, shower and some fresh clothes...and we made our way down to the local pub, where we shared stories over a few beers and a cracking roast lunch.
Finally, via request of the group, we woke up at 4:15am on Monday morning to run up the nearest hill for sunrise. It's never easy waking up early, but when you get to witness something so beautiful, it's all worthwhile.
A great time was had by all and I can't wait to do it all over again. Special thanks goes to Ben Lumley for capturing some amazing images of the weekend, all of which you can see here.
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