Hundreds test mettle on tough challenge for charity

Pictures from the Endurer Dash event at Barlow on Sunday, April 14
Pictures from the Endurer Dash event at Barlow on Sunday, April 14
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Muddy good fun – that was the verdict of 600 runners who tested their mettle on a tough cross-country course for charity.

The Endurer Dash was held for a third time on the steep hillside between Barlow and Owler Bar and lived up to its name, with bogs, a lake to swim through and dozens of obstacles.

Pictures from the Endurer Dash event at Barlow on Sunday, April 14

Pictures from the Endurer Dash event at Barlow on Sunday, April 14

Some runners donned fancy dress including suits and fairy outfits, while others went bare-chested.

They hauled themselves over high walls and carried sandbags for part of the course.

Fastest to complete the five-mile route, which zig-zagged across fields, woods and moorland, was Luke Naylor, in 50 minutes, 26 seconds.

The event was organised by a team led by former Royal Marine Pete Pollard, owner of Hathersage-based Hope Valley Health Club.

There are now dozens of obstacle courses taking place across the country – but Pete said his event, partly inspired by the Royal Marines Commando assault course in Devon, is unique.

Pete said: “The latest race was the biggest we have held so far, with 600 people taking part. There were no major injuries and it was a great atmosphere.

“There are a lot of obstacle course races these days but none has a course quite like ours because it involves running up or down hill all the time.”

The most dramatic ascent is nicknamed ‘Cardiac Hill’, right at the start of the race, and involves a constant ascent for 300 metres, with a gradient of one in four.

Endurer helps raise funds for Help for Heroes.

Pete said: “We’re not yet sure how much we have raised because some people will also be collecting sponsorship which we do not even get to hear about.”

Another race is planned for the Autumn.