Dark Peak Juniors provides fell running and racing activities for children from ages 6 to 18. It is open to new members from South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire. The emphasis in the club is to provide fun running adventures in the Dark Peak and the on the margins of Sheffield. We seek to provide our members with the tools that will enable them to go on to have fulfilling hill running adventures for life. The emphasis is on fitness, technical running skills, good judgement, navigation and hill craft.
As well as the members only Facebook and WhatsApp groups, you can now find us on:
Instagram as Darkpeak_juniors and on
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U11 Leader (Heather Group)
O11 Leader (Sunshine Group)
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Autumn Term Sunday Runs
Check the calendar for details
12th Sept - Ilam Races (Junior Championship)
LiFR and/or CiFR qualifications as a high quality entry into the
Runners must have enough clothing to stay warm on the runs. Covid requirements for kit are more stringent as carry kit of others and sharing kit is not possible. Kit MUST include: waterproof top, hat, gloves, a long sleeved top and a running bag to carry them in. A pair of waterproof trousers is also strongly recommended. For runs in the depths of winter, considerably more kit should be worn & carried.
Junior section round table
On 18th October 2020 a round table discussion was held to talk about the Juniors return to running and more generally about the operations and purpose of the Junior Section. An outline of the discussions can be found in the attached paper - no formal minutes were taken, so this is Lewis' perspective on the meeting. Alternative points of view, or correction of facts are welcome.
Another such meeting will be held early in the new year.
2021 Membership forms are below.
Membership is open to runners from the age of 6, for the many and varied fell running related activities that the membership arranges, and of course the honour of wearing the coveted brown vest in local and national events.
Where possible, please pay your subscription by Bank Transfer or standing order.
Forms for new and returning members:
For membership renewals, See Lewis at your first run in 2021.
Trips, runs and meets Junior events only happen because someone chooses to organise one. So if you would like to see a Junior event happen, please get in contact with Lewis and we can work out a plan.
Some trip reports from when we were finding our feet, running the Juniors.
Edale - Secondary Special - 7th October
was a healthy turnout for this first run for the older Juniors (Y7 and above).
There were some new faces, mostly kids of Club Members, with a few other
guests. We took a stroll up from the station to the road head and the
opportunity to chat and say, "hi" to everyone. In with both feet! We
went up the brutal short crossing climb! Those raring to go were instructed to
turn round at the slabs at the top and loop back to the last person; which they
duly did. On the way, we marvelled at two lads that had camped half way up.
Whilst one group peeled off for a run round to Ringing Roger and down, the rest
started the adventure into the bog at the top of the climb; over the short
crossing, is that the three minute crossing? Those with some forethought took a
shortcut at the end, on to the edge path heading east. Then into the wilds:
heading for the trig point (Blackden trig?). The next group split off here to
take the direct line to Druid's Stone, whilst the remainder headed there via
Mad Woman's stones. A little worselling was had by the back of the field on the
way from Druid's Stone to The Nab. For a change, the Penny Pot café was open to
take pounds. Thanks to Adam Taylor (you need someone fast to catch the front of this field) for helping out and special thanks to Kirsty for turning out on spec, just to make sure there was enough supervision. Just for good measure, the weather was glorious too.
The run was well received, so it was agreed we must do it again. Hopefully Bleaklow will be the next outing. Fingers crossed, we'll see some lesser spotted Bradfield runners on that outing.
Moscar Moor & Stone Circle - 30th September 2018
The Junior Runs autumn season is got under way with a trip to Moscar Moor and the Hordron Edge Stone Circle. The Juniors put the Warts to shame by finding the circle first time of asking!
It was a good turn out of 17 runners. Kris planned the run and led proceedings. After a warmup safely away from the road, the group was split into two for the run up to the stone circle. There we played games, and did some drills, before the older group headed off for a run up on to Stanage edge and back. The younger group played some more games at the circle then headed back to the woods for a bit of high quality hide and seek.
Sir William Hill 15th July 2018
Plenty of additional runners headed out of town to supplement the over-night crew for the Junior run on Sir William Hill, including a few new faces. After a warm up and a bit of a name refresher, Glen led the group off down the path in the direction of Bretton clough. A few stops were had to gather the group, before the younger and less enthusiastic runners split off on the direct route, up on to the edge. Glen managed to stop the charge at the front of his group, before they headed all the way down into the bottom of the valley. The short run group had a wonderful view of the fast group running back up to join us, up the track and then through the rough up on to the ridge. After the tough climb. A break with some hide and seek was in order. A running version of cycling's through and off took us to the trig point for a photo opportunity and to meet up with the day's sole spectator. Before the charge back down to the cars and the pool café, there was just time for some variable paced intervals - slow, medium and fast on a circuit with a descent, traverse and climb. Were Totley spying or is it just coincidence that we bumped into them for a second time in three Junior runs?
Wild Camp 14th July 2018
Given the clash with Wasdale, the English Championships race in the Isle of Man and the impending summer holidays, it was not surprising that the group out for this year's wild camp was small. We met in the garden of the Barrel Inn and had a relaxed evening admiring the views south across the white peak, before heading off to the camping spot. A 15 minute walk from the cars saw up at the appointed spot, with panoramic views from the west all the way round to the south east. The kids played amongst the lumps and bumps of the ridge whilst we put the tents up in early dusk, but still searing temperatures; shorts and t-shirts on the roof of the peak district at 9pm. This weather is truly extraordinary!
As the children were convinced to feign sleep in the gathering dusk, the parents speculated on the disasters unfolding in the world below, only to finally figure out the flashing lights weren't an emergency, but a funfair.
Loxley Pavilion 17/06/2018
Nine Juniors turned out for this fist visit north of the A57. Some new faces and some regulars.
It was Kris' first time out leading the group; fresh from having completed his LiFR last weekend. He did a great job getting everyone warmed up and explaining the plan. We headed down into the valley, off in search of the infamous Loxely Lunge race route for a stiff climb and fast descent. Then back to the pavilion. Steve Joined us from Hallamshire Harriers to find out a little about what we do. Steve led us through a good stretching routine to end the session. Helen and Lewis will be out shadowing a coaching session at Hallamshire in the near future, as a return trip. The cakes and drinks stop was over the road at the plant nursery. The Warts are obviously getting worried and had sent a spy out to check on the upcoming competition - Mr Barber you have been rumbled!
Burbage rock hopping 03/06/2018
Seven juniors turned out for the last Sunday of half term at Burbage north. The run took us up to Apparent North, where some fun was had hopping up and down, and from rock to rock. everyone did vastly better than I'd expected. We are obviously going to have to work quite hard at developing skills workshops for the juniors! The keen crew headed off for a run across the top of Callow Bank and Higgar, whilst we few stayed and played hide and seek amongst the boulders until the midges drove us away. Even more energy (a lot more) was expended in Hathersage playground after a visit to the pool cafe.
Ice cream 20/05/2018
Hot and sunny weather brought them out in droves! Thirteen Juniors were out for this run led by Kirsty and Simon Rippon. That most were under ten was testament to the virtues of the change in the rules. Many were familiar faces, but there were a few new-comers with parents already involved in the club and a few who were entirely new to the club. Parents joined in the run too, which always makes it more straightforward and fun with a group of mixed abilities. The run headed up towards Stanage and then back down to the ice cream farm, for a welcome feast of frozen delights. Thanks to Kirsty and Simon R for taking on the responsibility of leading the run.
Drills and Intervals - Mam Tor 10/03/2018
Another training session led by Helen Elmore. The format lent itself very well to all abilities so there were quite a number of young aspirant members in attendance. Everyone had an enjoyable time and some fun with a series of drills to encourage good form through out a run. This was followed by short hill intervals run in relay pairs. The older juniors finished off with a run over Mam Tor. All of this exercise was followed by a cafe stop in Hope.
Longshaw in the snow 11/02/2018
The run may have started in the jaws of a blizzard, but there were a good number of juniors determined to go for a run. It looks like the future of the Warts may be assured.The location had to be changed 24 hours in advance so that people could actually get to the start!
Navigation Run - Langsett 10/12/2017
December’s Junior run was planned with something a bit different in mind to avoid an exposed morning on the high moors in the depths of winter. Ian Winterburn was immensely generous in offering a navigation session. An unfortunate clash with Sheffield Junior schools cross country meant there were a few who couldn’t attend. The weather forecast made it look a little doubtful for all on Thursday/Friday, but Saturday was clear and (very) cold. As the only Junior attendees, Eddie and Mia got personal, high quality teaching from Ian and followed a laid out course through the woods into the Little Don valley. The packhorse team followed on behind, with bags of spare gloves, clothing and hot drinks. The running was good and varied: wood land tracks, (a few) warting trods, open ground and moorland trails. The navigation challenges were excellently planned. Afterwards, we retired to the spotty café to warm up.
Drills and Intervals - Mam Tor 04/12/2017
A good sized group turned out for Helen's drills and intervals run at Mam Tor. Instead of the previous format of go for a social run. Helen planned out a set of drills the provide an introduction to good running form, followed by some short hill intervals. The drills were run on the old road, half way up Mam Tor and the intervals made good use of a sheltered little valley on the edge of the land slip debris. The format enabled everyone to work had, stay warm and keep together in a sociable group.
Championship races 2021
FRA pages for the Junior championships can be found in this link
Championship points are scored from the best 4 results
|27-03-21||Trawden (East Lancashire) - CANCELLED|
|15-05-21||Guisborough Woods Junior Classic - CANCELLED
|29-05-21||West Nab - Holmfirth
|13-06-21||Up The Nab - Glossop
|10-07-21||Bradwell - Peak District|
|12-09-21||Ilam - Derbyshire|
Junior Home International
Northern Ireland - details TBA
International Mountain Running Youth Cup
24 July - Ambleside. eligible athletes were born in 2004 & 2005
British Junior Inter-counties Championship
No details yet published.
Junior Inter-Counties Championship (including U/15, U/17 and U/19 categories) –
For the latest information on the Inter-Counties please consult the Fell/Hill Inter-Counties website at https://britishintercountiesfellrunningchampionshi...
Yorkshire Junior Championships
No details yet published
2020 Junior Championships - incomplete due to Covid.
2019 Junior Championship Results
Full details of the championship series and results for 2019 can be found here
Points are based on position (50 points for 1st)
U13G - 32 Gracie Moss. 37 Emily Bradley. 38 Isobelle Groom. 62 Jazz Doyle
U13B - 39 Joe Moss
U15G – 30 Amelia Theobald. 28 Ffion Patton. 60 Alyssa Lowrie. 60 Summer Lowrie
U15B - 28 Eddie Fitzpatrick. 46 George Doyle
U17G - none
U17B - 8 Euan Patton. 24 Thomas Bradley. 28 Jonah Patton
U19G - 4 Emily Barnett
U19B - none
In the Junior Challenge:
U9 – Beau Elliott (3) Alex Ashton (1)
U11 - Maxwell Groome (3). Roxy Doyle (1). Tadek Kunicki-Holda (1)
Team (3 best placed runners over 10yrs count)
1st Ambleside (876)
13th Dark Peak (699)
County Championship (Yorkshire)
2018 Championship results
U15 Boys – 40 Eddie F. 44 George D
U15 Girls – 52 Alyssa L
U17 Girls – 13 Emily B
U19 Boys – 5 Kieran L. 30 Clin D H
U19 Girls – 5 Eve C
1 Rossendale (862pts)
13 Dark Peak (662 pts)
During the covid pandemic everything is distanced. Start off with arms out. No one in fingertip distance.
In general, kids under 14, don't respond particularly well to going on long runs. Going out and just running is not very engaging. So its good to break it up a lot.
This group usually operates in a static location relatively close to the parking. Getting newer and younger kids involved and comfortable is a significant component for this group. Good amounts of slack time and options to sit out are very useful. Form based drills (if they play any part at all) have to be a small percentage of a session, not too complex and short lived. Lots of games, fun and some adventure.
This group is a halfway house between the two groups. Whilst its best not to venture too far away from the start / finish, a bit more adventure and challenge is good to maintain attention. The running element can be increased some. Relays & intervals are good. The balance is in not exhausting them too quickly. After warm ups and some efforts, its good to have a segment of games with down time. Anyone with any energy in the last 15 minutes should be encouraged to run some hard intervals - but make it easy for people to sit out, or do less.
This group usually venture further afield. The over all distance on the map shouldn't be more than 3km. The temptation with this group might be to be too ambitious. A long straight run is probably not so good. Lots of regroups. Intervals & relays that have an elective component for effort, speed and distance are good. Make the most of the technical terrain that presents itself. Its good to put some games in there to keep it fun & light.
Some balancing and hopping from foot to foot
Straight forward bend and flex movements
One of the best bits about venturing far and wide is the ability to use bits of terrain for some training. Up hill; down hill; and route choices.
Tricky terrain is really good training ground. Make it safe, but challenging. Make it a good adventure. Some of the most successful and enjoyable sessions have had full on slopes and riotous attempts & challenges on safe, tricky ground.
Hide n seek, hide n seek tig, and variations with getting back to base.
Whistle. Everyone runs away until you blow your whistle. Then everyone runs back. Do variations of long and short. This enables kids to operate at their own stamina and intensity levels.
Parent statues. Make the parents spread out. Kids run from you, round an adult and back. Make them pick different adults each time. Make the adults move every now and then.
Its possible to vary parent status by making runner and status swap places.
Relay intervals. Pairs, 3s or more. Round a marker ... or adult. And back. Different markers for different groups stops it being directly competitive. Adults can also join groups.
Follow my leader. String of children. Walking, following the person at the front. On command the person at the back runs to the front. Make the groups max 5. Keep the person at the front walking. Encourage adventure. Up and over or through the mud.
Tig, stuck in the mud and variations are great to get people working on the terrain. Get the adults involved too.
If in doubt. Another round of hide and seek.
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