During the Winter, a section of the club - the 'Roadies' - prefer to do their training runs on the firm stuff. There are 7 regular routes from the club hut ( find it) (plus 2 seasonal specials), an example of which is below, which we normally look to complete in under 90 minutes. Contrary to some scandalous rumours, you won't get left behind or abandoned (intentionally) as each run has about 4 equally spaced stopping points where we wait for everyone else.
These club nights are good quality training runs with mixed ability. The stopping points provide an opportunity to take a quicker / shorter / slower route home which will usually result in some good natured abuse. Head torches aren't necessary as we tend to stick to lit roads with wide well surfaced pavements, but you are asked to wear light coloured clothing or a high visibilty vest. However you may wish to carry a small headlamp or torch which will allow you to take advantage of some unlit shortcuts which avoid busy roads. As ever with winter runs you should also consider a light windproof or waterproof, hat and gloves when conditions dictate.
Newcomers should make themselves known on arrival particularly to the person announcing the route.
The runs are followed by a drink or two of your favoured tipple and a packet of crisps together with a discussion about ones “strengths & weaknesses".
* A typical long run is the "Full Dungworth", 10.3 miles, 1700ft climb. Click here to view it on a map.
An alternative to road runs. They also start from the club hut on a Wednesday and are posted ad hoc so keep an eye on the calendar and facebook. Routes are published in advance. The focus on these runs is training so they will mainly be on hard packed footpaths and bridleways. They are not run instead of the road runs so there will always be choice. The general format is otherwise largely the same as the road runs. As the routes are rarely far from a road, there is no additional kit requirements than for a road run except of course a head torch and probably shoes with extra grip being mandatory.
A section of the club known as Warts run on the fells on Wednesdays throughout the year meeting at a variety of venues including the club hut ( find it) occasionally. All details can be found on the Calendar page with occasional short notice alternatives advertised on the Warts Blog. There are no facilities at meeting points. These runs are serious undertakings and some skill and experience is demanded. They cover high moorland on rough often pathless terrain and are frequently in excess of 2 hours.
GPS tracks of couple of typical runs are here:
The club expects runners to wear suitable footwear and carry the following kit:
Extra items could include a light bivvy bag or 1-2 man emergency shelter and first aid kit. On a Wednesday night at least one person should have the full kit listed above.
Warm dry clothes to change for after running are also essential. Further info and advice can be found here.
New Runners and Personal Responsibility!
Prospective members are welcome. It is critical that you make yourself known to club members before the start of the run, particularly to the person announcing the route. Before considering these runs you should undertake an assessment of your fitness and mountain craft. Weather and terrain are often severe and personal safety is of utmost importance. First and foremost this is the responsibility of the individual. In the unlikely event of becoming detached from the group you must be able to look after yourself and make your way safely back to the transport. It helps to be familiar with the area the run covers and you should at least have the navigation skills to get safely off the fell in an emergency.
Regular Monday races or hill rep sessions are organised from Bolsterstone church at SK270968. More details of time, place and route are in the calendar. These sessions are on dimly lit country roads or good tracks and high-viz kit and a torch are needed. There are no facilities at the meeting point. Note that races are primarily organised for the benefit of members and are not normally open to non-members. Runners attending for the first time should make themselves known to the organiser on arrival.
In summer all club runs are off road starting from a variety of locations throughout the High Peak , including the Sportsman. Meeting times are 6.30 or 6.45 and all details of where and when can be found on the Calendar page. Occasional extra alternative meeting points may be advertised at short notice on the Warts Blog.
Runs are 90 mins - 2 hrs on local moorland and often on rough pathless terrain. A shorter option is usually offered from the first scheduled regrouping point. A typical route can be viewed here.
The club expects runners to wear suitable footwear and carry kit according to the mountain weather conditions. A minimum would be:
Also bring warm dry clothes to put on afterwards.
Extra kit should be taken if bad weather is forecast, for example full waterproofs and bivvy bag or survival blanket. Weather conditions on the high tops are frequently foul even in an English summer and hypothermia can strike. Please inform yourself about hypothermia at the FRA website and read the club's Safety page.
New Runners and Personal Responsibility
Prospective members are welcome. You should make yourself known to club members before the start of the run, particularly to the person announcing the route. Weather and terrain can be severe even in summer and personal safety is of utmost importance. First and foremost this is the responsibility of the individual. Ideally you should maintain contact with the group but in the unlikely event of becoming detached from the group you should be able to look after yourself and make your way safely back to the transport. It helps to be familiar with the area the run covers and you should at least have the navigation skills to get safely off the fell in an emergency.
Tuesday's coaching session is your chance to add some "quality" to your training. It involves warm ups and stretching, strength exercises, drills to improve technique and then a hard 30 minute training session: either fartlek, speed intervals or hill repetitions.
Trail shoes are advised along with a headtorch after September. Check calendar for details of next session.
The coaching sessions will take place on Tuesday nights at 6.30pm from Millhouses Park unless otherwise stated (check calendar for details).
For more details contact:
Video showing various Dynamic Stretches: dynamic stretches
Video showing various Warm Up Drills: drills
Photos showing various Static Stretches: static stretches
There are a variety of club races both on Wednesday evenings and at other times, including the annual club championship race.
In summer there are regular races on Monday nights organised by Nicky Spinks. Details of these appear on the Calendar and are linked to Nicky's website. The routes are relatively short but cover rough terrain and require navigation skills.
Note that races are primarily organised for the benefit of members and are not normally open to non-members. It is recommended that non-members who are interested in joining Dark Peak come along to one of our club runs in the first instance.
Note also that dogs cannot be accommodated on club races.
Runners should equip themselves according to the guidelines on the Safety page.
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