Eight Point Two


Big Running Weekend – update
March 7, 2012, 4:56 pm
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Eight Point Two have long been involved in event and race management. So, after a chance meeting between Stuart Hale (Accelerate) and Ian Loombe (8.2) a plan was hatched to put on a new race weekend in the Peak District. Very quickly Stuart had a start venue sorted at the Whirlow Hall Farm Trust in Whirlow. Bordering the Peak District this amazing site was ideal. So, on that snowy December day the race started to come together.

 

 As chief race planner for 8.2 Ian begun the process of putting the route together. This was surprisingly easy to do (on paper) as Whirlow offers a great start to any Peak District based race. However, both Stuart and Ian thought that the race needed to be something special so we wanted a trail run, plenty of ascent and, most importantly, a stunning race!

 

 The race route evolved over a few months in collaboration with the Peak Park Rangers. As well as the route being stunning we also had to balance the environmental impact of the race. In the end everyone was happy and in early February we were given the sign off!

 

 Not to give too much away but the route visits some of the most stunning scenery the Peak District has to offer, Burbage Valley, Stanage Edge, Derwent, Kinder, Edale, Bradfield, Castleton, Hathersage and back to Whirlow. The majority of the route is off roads and there’s plenty of ascent too. A fantastic challenge for those brave  and fit enough to consider it!

 

 The Ultra is open to individuals and to relay teams. Relay teams must be comprised of a mixed team and each individual will run a leg of the Ultra (roughly 14 miles each).

As well as the Ultra 8.2 have also added the 12.12 race. This route follows the Ultra for the first few miles then winds its way out to Burbage before heading back to Whirlow. Another stunning route for those of you wanting a more reasonable challenge!

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