Thrill of the chase for Peak runners

More than 300 runners descended on Castleton recently to compete in a gruelling 21-mile endurance race over the Peaks.

Competitors in the Red Bull Steeplechase, last Sunday, October 6, scrambled up hill and down dale as the fought to complete the knockout event.

Competitors run during the Red Bull Steeplechase in Castleton, United Kingdom on October 7th 2012 // Rutger Pauw / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20121008-00320 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

Competitors run during the Red Bull Steeplechase in Castleton, United Kingdom on October 7th 2012 // Rutger Pauw / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20121008-00320 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

Leaping over gates and hopping over stiles, the entrants followed a difficult and often treacherous route across four stages, through Castleton, Bamford, Hope and Edale, from church steeple to church steeple across the Peak District’s fields, woods and trails.

The twist to the competition meant that runners battled to stay ahead of the pack to prevent being cut from the race at the end of each stage, with the slowest 280 competitors being knocked out and unable to complete the course.

Nick Gracie, adventure racing world champion and director of the race said: “Once again, the conditions were dry and sunny which made for breathtaking views over the Peak District.

“We had some really strong runners competing this year with much quicker times – the winner Andi Jones smashed last year’s record. We’re already looking forward to next years race!’