Jez join’s Flipper’s Gang for the High Peak Marathon
The High Peak Marathon is a 42 mile overnight team race which follows a high level route around the Derwent Watershed in the Peak District and takes place in the middle of winter. Teams of four must navigate their way between checkpoints across typically rough and trackless terrain, making this event a serious test both in terms of endurance and perhaps most importantly, navigation at night. It’s definitely a race for the purists – simple in concept but very hard in reality – and it’s a well-established classic early in the fell running calendar.
Kit-wise I was pleased with my choices. I ran the whole race in a single hybrid base layer and Alpine Project jacket on top, along with a pair of GTD running tights. I was slightly too warm to start with, but just right for the cold and windy middle third of the course without having to mess around adding layers. With ‘pit zips’ it meant I was able to control body temperature well, and the Gore-Tex Active shell provided the all import weather protection in the wind and sleet to stay safe, but also light. I ran in the Ultra Guide shoes with their brilliant deep lugged tread, and the FL Race Vest was plenty big enough for water, food and emergency kit, and as comfortable as ever. Other than a couple of cups of squash at Moscar, I carried my own food in the form of Trek bars and gels, and probably only consumed around a litre of fluid in total – not enough really.
Thanks to my team mates Swatts, Spyke and Jon for the opportunity to join them, and for sharing a memorable night out on the hill.