In Focus : DIG Deep Trail Ultra 60 Peak District
The DIG Deep Trail Ultra 60 Peak District has to be the toughest ultra in the Peak District. It is also part of the DIG Deep Trail Weekend and is one of three trail races available to you. It’s not just the distance it’s the ascent that makes this race one heck of a challenge. We caught up with Jon Osborne and asked for his thoughts on what makes this event, well, iconic.
Excuse the rough ‘n’ ready style of this, it’s my first blog, and I’ve been told before I have a habit of rambling on!
What can I say about the Dig Deep 60mile ultra? Well, it’s around 60 miles in length, roughly 10,000ft ascent, starts at Whirlow Hall Farm, and its furthest point is the base of South Head, which is only a couple of miles from Chapel-en-le-Frith.
The highest point, just after the ascent up Jacob’s Ladder, is almost 2000ft above sea level, and the lowest, before you climb up to Hathersage, is around 600ft. Looking at the elevation profile, you would probably say there are 9 major climbs, three of which I’d class as ‘real stinkers’!
But what about the terrain, I hear you shout (maybe!)? Well it’s a mix, you’ve got wooded footpaths, open moorland, green lanes, stone slabs, stone steps and even a bit of road! This route has a little bit of everything thrown in, because we wouldn’t want you to get bored would we, and there’s nothing like a bit of variety to keep you interested.
Your feet are going to be happy (read: challenged!) with all that varying terrain and your legs will feel like they’ve been tested with the elevation. But what will you see when you’re running around here? Well you’ll start off with some animals at the Farm, and I don’t mean the other runners! You’ll head up to Lady Canning’s Plantation, where encased in a pine forest there is a mountain bike track, you’ll probably see some highland cattle, docilly chewing the cud on Burbage. If the weather plays ball then you could see climbers on Stanage, peacocks near Moscar, pheasants and grouse on Win Hill, more cows and then sheep than you can shake a stick at (please don’t) dotted all around, ramblers, DofE’ers, paragliders, ducks, geese and more! And if there’s none of those, then there’s some cracking views!
All in all, you’re looking at some of the best views, on some of the best trails that this side of the Peak District has to offer. Coupled with some of the best company, that being us runners, what more would you want!
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