Red Bull Steeplechase returns in October 2013



by Ben Hobson

Red Bull Steeplechase 2013

On Sunday 6th October, Red Bull is bringing Steeplechase back to its origins in rural Britain for the second year running.

Testing 500 contestants both physically and mentally, the race covers just over 20 miles across four stages from church steeple to church steeple through fields and woods, across trails and taking in some incredible views, before arriving to face the final hill in theheart of the Peak District.

There is of course a twist. At each steeple, the final group of competitors will be knocked out of the race meaning only 40 will finish! The four steeples will be as follows –

  • Castletonto Bamford - 8 miles (500 competitors begin the race)
  • Bamfordto Hope - 4 miles
  • Hopeto Edale - 6 miles
  • Edaleto Castleton - 3 miles (40 finish the race)

Nick Gracie, World Adventure Racing Champion and Red Bull Steeplechase Race Director says, “After the amazing inaugural Red BullSteeplechase in 2012 I’m really excited about the event returning to the stunning Peak District in 2013. Red Bull Steeplechase is a really tough and demanding course with a great mixture of different terrain. It tests your hill climbing fitness, technical off road descending skills and also allows for some good pace on some of the fast flat sections. The knockout dynamic of the race means you need to keep the pace on the whole way and if anything go harder at the start then you would normally to keep in for as long as you can.”

“It’s a stunning route which has just about everything you could ask for. It’s the British countryside at its best, rugged craggy hill tops, rolling lush greenfields sprinkled with beautiful villages, forests, rivers and streams.”

After becoming Red Bull Steeplechase 2012 Champion, Russell Bentley said, “This is the toughest and most painful race I've ever done, thrilling course facing the best and hardest the peak district has to offer' 'I'm ecstatic to win! I was battling with second place all the way and I was tiring towards the end but managed to hang on”

To become one the 500 people to take part in this unique and exciting race go to Red Bull Steeplechase for more information.

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