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4th (and final) Leg notes for the New Balance Ultra Tour of the Peak District
June 26, 2012, 2:32 pm
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As it looked like the sun was going to come out at last today I joined up with local fell runner Dave Taylor to run the last leg of the Ultra. Dave happens to be a rather handy fell runner but also has a good knowledge of the Peak District. Dave can also talk when running up hills which is a skill Im  still to master myself…

Leg 4 starts from Bradwell sports ground (which is slightly different to the notes listed on the UK hillwalking site) where there will be a changeover sttaion on the day of the race. The actual route finding through Bradwell is a little confusing and both Dave and I followed different lines through the village and ended up in the same place – the only difference being that Dave had got stung by nettles and had to wade through mud. I followed the roads and avoided the experience!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once out of Bradwell its uphill to the ridge where there will be a checkpoint before turning back down hill toward the village of Shatton.

Its then a very pretty, and mercifully flat, few miles along the river before reaching the start of the (almost) final climb up to Carls Wark. The climb is defintely the last significant one of the race and Dave and I both agreed that it will be tough with 40 + miles in your legs.

The added ‘excitement’ will be crossing the railway line half way up the climb. The picture below shows Dave contemplating crossing it after having run nearly 50 miles (either that or there was a train behind me!!).

The checkpoint at Carls Wark is then followed by a short descent in to the Burbage Valley followed by a short uphill section on good paths before heading back to Lady Cannings Plantation.

Its good paths downhill all the way back and you will also be able to put away the maps as the final section of the route will be signposted!

The story of the last leg will be the two significant climbs i.e. out of Bradwell and Hathersage. Apart from that there is lots of good running on good surfaces.

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