Our 10 Peaks events work on a very straight forward principle – we find the most challenging mountainous locations in the UK and plot an ultra distance length route through them, with mandatory checkpoints on the highest 10 peaks in the area. It is then down to you to navigate yourself from the start to the finish, taking in the 10 peaks in a set order (plus additional mandatory checkpoints and feed stations), within the 24 hour time limit. The routes are definitely not designed to be easy and you can guarantee that they will be navigationally challenging, especially if the conditions are unkind! The long routes will be up to 60 miles long, with 6000 meters of height gain, whilst the “short” routes will vary between 30 and 45 miles with between 3 and 4000 meters of height gain. Usually less than half of the competitors successfully complete the long course, hence the introduction of the shorter route choice since 2013. Do not be fooled into thinking that the short route is an easy option! We would only advise those with many miles of mountain navigation experience and decent levels of fitness to take on the challenge. We will require the competitors that are considering the longer route to prove their mountain experience and fitness levels, as completing the route will be incredibly challenging, let alone trying to complete it within 24 hours!
Here at 10 Peaks, we are constantly searching for challenging and inspiring locations in which to host our 10 Peaks events. The now infamous Long Course route in the Lake District has been running with great success since 2010. Over the years we have added more courses and more options with two additional distances to choose from in The Lakes, the Short Course and the Xtreme – a 100km circular route with over 7500m of ascent! In the Brecon Beacons there are two distances to choose from – the 58km ‘short’ course and the 89km long course. Pairs categories are available in both locations over the long course. There will also be a team category for the long course in Brecon.
“You think it’s going to be hard, but it’s harder than you think.”
“Nothing is impossible, except maybe this!”
“Too hard. Too far. But I’m definitely coming back next year!”
“Many highs. A few lows. And every emotion in between.”
“The toughest event I have ever had the pleasure of attempting.”
“That was amazing, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone!”