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Derbyshire Weekend, Castleton

Thanks to a lot of hard work and planning, a group of dedicated runners, and a lot of hoping and finger crossing, at the end of June 2021 we were finally able to go ahead with a Running Escapes UK Running Weekend!

Our summer escape was a fun-packed weekend, attended by an excellent group of runners, all with different levels of experience! The weekend began by everybody arriving at the accommodation, having a first meeting with drinks and a sit down meal (included in the package price). It was a lovely, light atmosphere as everybody got prepared for the next day! With an early start on the Saturday morning, we began the experience with a small warm up before our 13km guided trail run of Mam Tor commenced. The village of Castleton is nestled in a valley beneath the spectacular peaks and rugged landscape of High Peak in Derbyshire, so of course this made for an absolutely incredible running experience! All of our runners completed the run – with a mini break for refreshments and a chance to take in the views at the top of Mam Tor – in amazing form and great spirits! After a reward of tea, coffee and cakes, we had some time to explore the village before our optional 5km afternoon guided trail run would begin.

The weekend was rounded off by a relaxed evening in a local pub, with food, drinks and even live music! We were so pleased to have had such a great time for our first Running Weekend of the year, and even more happy to see some brilliant feedback from our runners.

Have a read below of some of our reviews:

‘Spent the weekend away in the beautiful village of Castleton in the Peak District. I’ve never been on a running weekend before but this certainly set the bar high for the next one I go on. Jo and Kelly were so friendly and welcoming and the hostel we stayed in was the perfect location. Thank you so much for a fantastic weekend’

‘A great run in Castleton last week with Running Escapes UK. Jo, Kelly and Al were fab. I was a little worried about running up Mam Tor as my usual runs are very flat but the group was fantastic, lots of different paces and really good fun’

‘Fantastic running weekend with Running Escapes. So well organised and a lovely welcome from the team. Great to have a guided run so we could just focus on running without worrying about the route. Amazing location in Castleton with incredible views from Mam Tor. Thank you’

‘Had an escape with Kelly, Jo and the team in Castleton. Had a brilliant time, running on terrains I normally wouldn’t run on, with people of all paces and amazing views – it was fantastic! Special shoutout to Al the Guide Runner who kept us entertained, safe and informed!’

We can't wait to see lots more of you on our next escape!

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