CMC Member Runs 50 Peak District Miles for Charity

Runner / Member Mike Griffiths explains his charity challenge:
This year I am fifty years old and to celebrate this I decided I’d like to try one of my favourite walks in the Peak District, “The Derwent Watershed”. However, rather than split the walk over two days I decided to attempt to run it in a single day and extend the distance to fifty miles by including a section taking in the eastern gritstone edge’s Froggatt, Curbar and Baslow. For me, this is a one off challenge and I decided that I’d run this in memory of my sister in law Tanya. Tanya would also be celebrating her fiftieth birthday this year, sadly she passed away at the age of 15 months.
As a memorial to Tanya our family are raising money for the charity, Together for Short Lives. They are  a leading UK charity who support children with life-threatening and life limiting conditions and all those who love and care for them. They support families, professionals and services, including children’s hospices. Their work ensures that children can get the best possible care, wherever and whenever they need it..
The fifty mile challenge will start from Yorkshire bridge and after ascending Win Hill, the route will drop down towards Hope and continue up Lose Hill and along the ridge taking in Mam Tor, Rushup Edge and continuing on to Brown Knoll. From here the route follows the edge of Kinder Scout to the Kinder downfall. It continues along the Pennine way to the Snake Summit. From this point the challenge starts as the route proceeds along the Pennine way and then over Bleaklow heading towards Barrow stones. The route follows the line of stakes around Swains Greave onto Swains Head and over Featherbed Moss. It heads south and goes over Outer Edge, Margery Hill, Round Hill and then Back Tor legs my ache quite significantly at this point! We continue along Derwent edge and to Moscar house. The final section of the route commences with a stagger up Stanage edge. If I’m lucky I’ll manage a jog from High Neb. We continue along the Green drive to Longshaw and to the Longshaw pole. The end is in sight when I arrive at the Froggatt gap and continue along Frogatt, Curbar and Baslow edges. Somehow I’ll make my way over the top of Gardoms edge and finish at the Robin Hood Inn for a pint! Despite my hill experience with the CMC and all the training I’ve put in for this I still doubt my ability to succeed, therefore this is a huge challenge.
I’ll be running this route on Saturday 5th July (we have a back up plan to take account of weather and other unforeseen eventualities). CMC members are welcome to join me for this epic or for sections of the route. Or join me at the end for a drink at the Robin Hood.
Further details about the route can be found the PeakDistrictAdventures blog at
You can follow my training on twitter at
This has links to my training routes using a GPS and mapmyrun, you can see just how slow I really am:-)
Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Together for Short Lives. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.



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