Eight Point Two

Dig Deep 2014

Dig Deep Peak District Races 2014


Event report.

The forecast was once again great for the 2 days of races we had planned. Last year’s heat was crippling so a slightly cooler forecast was welcome.

Friday night was kicked off with James Adams talking about his epic run through America followed by a showing of The Dragons Back which is an absolute classic and inspiring film. Most of the Ultra Tour of the Peak District (UTPD) runners registered Friday evening along with some of the Intro Ultra runners meaning that there was a good crowd developing in the campsite with nearly 100 happy campers and the smell of BBQ’s drifted over to the main barn at Whirlow Hall farm!

Saturday started bright and early with the UTPD leaving at 8am followed by the Intro Ultra’s at 10am. In both races the early leaders became the eventual winners. Sally Fawcett won the senior female UTPD race and broke the female course record in 10.43.25. Sally is having quite a season following her great run on the Highland Fling earlier in the year. Ken Sutor won the senior male category and had a very strong race with a winning time of 09.47.30.

The Bradwell feed station was the main stopping point for both ULTRA races. The buffet available for the runners was like a smorgasbord of all things great for ULTRA runners! From Pineapple to pork pies it was all there and seemed to be the highlight for many runners – some didn’t want to leave!!!

 Mention must go to the back runners who carried on throughout the night. The last runner’s dibbed in at the finishing line 22 hours and 59 minutes after starting!

The Intro Ultra saw a determined Marcus Scotney win senior male by 30 minutes in an impressive time of 04.05.03. Could the course go in under 4 hours? We shall see! Most of the runners loved the hilly nature of the course but Win Hill is always a stopper for tired legs. However, the views from the top on Saturday were outstanding!

Marcus was back with us on Saturday offering his insights in to the elite Ultra Runners World with his lecture. If you ever get an opportunity to go to one of Marcus’s lecture you should take it! A very inspiring and informative individual. Unfortunately Mammut sponsored runner Helen Bonsor was unable to talk because of a last minute illness – get well soon Helen!

Sunday dawned warm and sunny again and so the 12.12 and Whirlow 10k started at 10.15 and 10.30 respectively. Both races are quite hilly with the 12.12 going out over Burbage Moor on to Higger Tor and back via the Limb Valley – both exceptionally beautiful trails in spectacular scenery!

The Whirlow 10k is a fundraising event with every penny of the race going to the Whirlow Hall farm Trust. Nearly £2000 was raised from this race alone!

The total prize pot was nearly £5000. With over £2000 worth of prizes from Mammut and Outside, £2000 worth of prizes from Ultimate Direction and copies of Wild Running and Clif products there was plenty to go around. All 1st placed runners in all age categories in both the ULTRA’s and the 12.12 received a £100 voucher from Mammut/Outside plus other goodies.

The feedback for the event has been overwhelming with so many kind comments. The team at 8.2 worked really hard to put the event together so were suitably proud. The date for next year’s event is set for the 15th and 16th August 2015 with booking available from August this year!

Many thanks to all the organisations and sponsors involved; Mammut, Outside (retail partner), Ultimate Direction, Clif, Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, Wild Running, Summit Fever and Fell Running Guide (Dave Taylor) and Shane Ohly (kind loan of the Dragons Back film).

Ian Loombe.

Race director for Dig Deep Races

Eight Point Two

8.2 release Dig Deep 2014 Race details
September 23, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Dig Deep Races – date set for 2014



Following the huge success of the 2013 Dig Deep Race weekend, which was held at Whirlow Hall Farm earlier this year, Event Organisers Eight Point Two are excited to announce that the 2014 event will be held on the 21st and 22nd June.

The Dig Deep weekend has earned its place as one of the most highly anticipated race weekends in the UK trail and ultra-running community, with its comprehensive set of races and activities to suit all abilities.  With four main races over the weekend, including the Ultra Tour of the Peak District – a brutal but stunning 60 mile course showcasing the best of Peak District trails – to the Whirlow 10k Trail Challenge.

Sponsorship for 2014 has already been finalised and race organiser Ian loombe announced, “We’re delighted to have Mammut as our principal sponsor, with Injinji and Ultimate Direction heavily involved as well. Clif will once again provide the nutrition for the race and Outside will be providing some great retail opportunities giving us a very respectable sponsor package”.

The 2013 event received great feedback, with the goody bags in particular proving to being very popular!  Campers were given an overnight bag, which included earplugs, travel pillows and a Mammut cuddly toy.   Over the weekend over £1,000 worth of Clif and Injiji freebies and goodies were given out as spot prizes!

The 2014 event is going to expand on the success of the 2013 event and bring in even more activities for families and kids, to truly make it a weekend for everyone.  ‘Blue Ribbon’ junior races will be included as well as a range of running related talks, demonstrations and activities.  Camping will again be available on site along with produce from Whirlow Hall Farm and local breweries.

There are 3 training days planned for Spring/Summer 2014 culminating in a repeat of the 2013 ULTRA TALK day with informative lectures from race organisers Ian Loombe and David Taylor and  the super experienced ULTRA running duo of Marcus Scotney and Mark Barnes.

The four main races of the weekend are: The 60-mile UTPD and the 30-mile Intro Ultra, a 12.12-mile and a 10k.  The main race of the weekend is the UTPD a  breath-takingly hilly route through the very best trails The Peak District has to offer.  Marcus Scotney, (winner of UTPD 2012) said, “the UTPD took me a full hour longer than I had expected… it’s a tough route and not one to be underestimated”. 

The new website www.digdeepraces.co.uk will be launched in early October 2013 with bookings available from the 1st November 2013.

Dig Deep Races
January 17, 2013, 1:03 pm
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8.2 are once again putting on a great series of races in the Peak District. This year, under the new name of the DIG DEEP RACES, the races will take place over the weekend of the 13th and 14th July. (www.digdeepraces.co.uk)

The weekend will include the Ultra Tour of the Peak District (60 miles), The Intro Ultra (30 miles), 12.12 Trail Race (12.12 miles) and the Whirlow 10k Trail Challenge (6 miles). Four great races. One great weekend!

With plenty of bookings coming in for all 4 events over the Dig Deep weekend its good to see that the good folk of the UK are setting their goals and getting motivated for the Summer! The Ultra Tour of the Peak District and the Intro Ultra are the most popular races so far with a marked increase in the number of bookings over last years races.

Dates will be available soon for training and recce weekends which we are aiming to do in conjunction with some of the sponsors of this years event. More news on this soon…

We hope you are managing to get out and get your training in ready for this years races despite this cold weather! The big question is exactly how much snow are we going to get??

Resolution Run 2014
January 15, 2013, 4:13 pm
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The date has been confirmed for next year’s Resolution Run – 12th January 2014. Well done to all runners this weekend, hope to see you all again next year!

Take a look at http://www.eightpointtwo.co.uk if you would like to book a place!