RunYHA is returning to YHA Castleton in Derbyshire next month and promises to be bigger and better than the inaugural trail run event last May.
YHA (England and Wales) has teamed up with The Fell Running Guide Dave Taylor and adventure film and speaker organisers Heason Events alongside partners Alpkit and Trail Running magazine to develop the second RunYHA weekend into a trail running festival weekend (8-10 May).
The weekend will feature even more runs and races through the beautiful Peak District on the doorstep of YHA Castleton, as well as speakers and films which will also be hosted at the YHA.
YHA Castleton Manager Alastair Boyd said: “Last year we trialled a small-scale RunYHA with three run distances of 2, 6 and 12 miles. Every participant gave the event a five star rating, telling us it was great value for money and that they’d come back again and bring a friend.”
YHA Castleton proved an ideal venue for the launch event last year, offering low cost comfortable accommodation, drying rooms for wet kit, good value home cooked meals, a well-stocked bar, a cinema room and welcoming social spaces – all essentials for trail runners.
For more information on RunYHA or to book a place, visit: www.runyha.org.uk
The weekend line-up:
Friday 8th May- Friday night kicks off with Billy Bland, the legendary fell runner and holder of the 1982 Bob Graham Round record, talking to Trail Running magazine’s Sarah Ryan about his unbeaten 13hr 53 min time.
There’s also a chance to get a taste of running off-road in the dark with the Alpkit Night Run – a guided 6k off-road run with two paced groups – so everyone can catch their breath and do some star-gazing.
The evening ends with a double bill of two of this year’s best endurance race films – Finding Traction and Among the Wild – The Arrowhead 135.
Saturday 9th May- There are two runs on Saturday – the King and Queen of the Mountains is a short (2km), sharp (212m climb) up and back down up Lose Hill – and a scenic 10k loop round the skyline of Castleton village.
Later, be inspired by Jen and Sim Benson’s talk on Wild Running, exploring Britain’s beautiful trails and hear all about their latest experience of living wild for a year with a toddler and baby in a bell tent.
There is also a chance to see this year’s Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Best Running Film (Gold) and People’s Choice award winner, The Barkley Marathons – The Race That Ate Its Young.
Sunday 10th May- The weekend’s finale is the Castleton Skylite Half Marathon – a shorter but no less spectacular version of the famous Edale Skyline route.