English Heritage has challenged fell runners to climb up to Peveril Castle in Derbyshire as fast as they can. Local running clubs are invited to put their hill climbing abilities to the test in this new challenge. Their campaign, ‘I got to the top’ is aimed primarily at fell and trail runners; however, road runners and local groups are also welcome to take part in this lung-busting initiative.
The 11th century Peveril Castle is one of the earliest Norman strongholds in the UK and amongst 66 castles owned by English Heritage. The ruins of this castle sit at the top of a hill overlooking Castleton in the Peak District and visitors are encouraged to walk to it to enjoy the stunning views across Hope Valley.
For fell runners, there is the chance to try a new race and see if their hill training has been working! And, learn more about the history of this ancient castle while they catch their breath.
The call to arms comes from Heather Redmond, English Heritage’s area manager for the East who said: “As well as providing an opportunity for fell and trail runners to try out a new run, once they make it to the top they can experience the history of the castle and the surrounding countryside.”
Any fell or trail running clubs interested in this challenge, contact Peveril Castle on 01433 620613 or email: Peveril.Castle@english-heritage.org.uk. Alternately, visit the English Heritage