Dig Deep Peak District Races

A weekend of great races in the Peak District

20th – 21st August 2016

A weekend of trail running races in some of the most beautiful and challenging trails in the UK. Featured races are as follows:

Ultra Tour of the Peak District 60 miles 20th August 2016
Peak Trail ‘intro’ ultra 30 miles 20th August 2016
12.12 12 miles 21st August 2016
Whirlow 10k trail Challenge 6 miles 21st August 2016

Other attractions:

  • As well as the races there will be a chance to snap up some great bargains with our retail partner frontrunner who will be around for the whole weekend.
  • Running films – free to view
  • Talks
  • Beer and refreshments supplied by local breweries
  • On site camping is available all weekend


The Ultra Tour of the Peak District 20th August 2016 £60

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The Peak Trail ‘Intro Ultra’ 20th August 2016 £45

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The 12.12 21st August 2016 £20

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The Whirlow 10k Trail Challenge 21st August 2016 £15.40

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Ultra training weekend 30th April – 1st May 2016 £140

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Dig Deep Recce 1 19th June 2016 £5

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Dig Deep Recce 2 10th July 2016 £5

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About the event

The Dig Deep weekend is brought to you by Eight Point Two. We designed and ran the very first Ultra Tour of the Peak District and the 12.12 race in 2012. Both races were such a great success that we just had to continue them. After the success of earlier years we've developed the event and have incorporated the Intro Ultra (30 miles) in to the program. Eight Point Two deliver races and events throughout the UK including the Whole Hog Races.

The Routes

For 2016 we have made the decision to make a few small changes to the start and finish of all 4 races. The changes don’t effect the overall mileage, or ascent, of any of the routes but do help us avoid some of the road crossings around the start of each race. GPX traces for each route are available on each race page and we will have maps available shortly.

About the Races

All of the races are predominantly trail races. There are occasional road sections on the Ultra Tour of the Peak District and the Intro Ultra but apart from that its traffic free all the way! All of the races incorporate hills and, whilst we wouldn't describe any of them as being fell races, they all enter some hilly terrain. We believe the races show the best of what the Peak District has to offer and sometimes you have to work that little bit harder to see it!

The Ultra Tour of the Peak District (60 miles)

The Ultra Tour of the Peak District and the Intro Ultra both exceed the traditional marathon distance putting them both in to the ULTRA category. The Ultra Tour of the Peak District is not designed for novice Ultra runners. The route has 2722 metres of ascent and enters in to some quite remote areas where navigation skills would be necessary. However, it is a brilliant route and should be on your 'MUST DO' list of races to complete.

The Ultra Tour of the Peak District is a qualifying race (2 points) for the Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc.

The Intro Ultra (30 miles)

The Intro Ultra follows the Ultra Tour of the Peak District along parts of its length but deviates from certain key sections (Derwent Edge and Kinder). This means that the Intro Ultra is less committing in terms of distance and the ground you will cover. It's still a long way and has some grueling climbs to tackle but the high, uncultivated moorland is missed from the route.

The 12.12

This race was one of the highlights of the Dig Deep event largely due to the amazing diversity of the trails you follow. The route is fully signed but we do ask competitors to carry maps and compass because of the nature of the ground around the Burbage valley and the potential for bad weather (and therefore bad visibility). The 12.12 is a hilly course but you won't forget the views from Higger tor!

The Whirlow 10k Trail Challenge

10k - there or thereabouts! This race isn't for your average road runners out to get a PB! There are hills, awkward trails and possibly mud to encounter! In other words, a proper trail race! Added to this the race fees are donated to Whirlow Hall Farm Trust.


The Whirlow Hall Farm Trust is the main charity beneficiary from the event. Eight Point Two strive to ensure that every possibility to help the trust raise money is committed to. For example, all of the free food for race entries is bought directly from the farm. Also, if you are entering the Whirlow Hall 10k Trail Challenge every penny from this race will go to the Trust. If you are interested in fundraising further for the Trust please let us know.

The Whirlow Hall Farm Trust was founded in 1979 as an educational trust working with inner city children and young people with special needs or disabilities. Since that date, over 250,000 children have visited Whirlow on a daily or residential basis. We are a unique environmental and educational charity and we are pleased to be the main beneficiary of the event.


Dave Taylor from Fell Running Guide (Fell Running Guide, offering guided running and navigation training for off road runners) is also involved in the development and running of the event so expect to see him out and about!