- Distance covered: 15.4mi
- Date ran: May 27th, 2017
- Time started: 9:38am
- Time finished: 2:27pm
- Terrain: trail, field, rocky and hilly
- Location: Baslow to Castleton, Peak District
By my super helpful colleague, Martyn
Time of writing: 1 hour after the run
- Number of farm fields crossed: 6?
- Hills climbed: too many
- Number of bugs caught in eye: 2
- Number of bugs inhaled: rather not think about it
- Average level of joy while running: husky set loose in open field
- Current level of feeling in feet: they’re there but not really
- Would recommend route: absolutely
Things I learned
- Possibly look into running goggles… fishing bugs out of eye is not fun
- Definitely bring a warm gilet next time
- Bag needs a pocket where a phone is easily accessible
- A commuter bag, no matter how small and how run-friendly, is not super comfortable when used to run long distance.
- Wireless earphones ran out of juice far too soon. May need to consider switching to wired.
Contents of my pack
- Light waterproof shell
- Light fleece
- Knee compression sleeves
- 1.5L water
- 0.5L electrolytes
- electrolyte tablets
- Portable phone charger
- 2 energy bars
- Trekking poles (???)
Feeling a bit sore and had limped to the bar to order food. I think the hills have finally gotten my right knee- definitely a rest week next week.
Have to note that the best bit of the route is heading to the top of the crags near Eagle Stone and running towards Froggat. It’s pretty flat, you get some stunning views and lots of boulders to have a bit of (optional) scrambling fun with.
There are bits in the route where you have to head into forest and swat insects out of the way (thankfully not midges), but only very few. Most of it is farmland where you can enjoy the company of sheep and other livestock.
I did this run bearing in mind that at the end of it all was some amazing cheesecake in Castleton. I was not disappointed.
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with this pub, I am simply a massive fan of their cheesecake.