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There’s a Certain Joy to Night Running…

And I am not just talking about running through the city centre, with winters chill in the air and bright lights all around. Don’t get me wrong the bright lights of the city should never be underestimated.  What I am talking about is the complete opposite. How about the Peak District at the dead of night with practically zero light pollution. The opportunity to turn off your light and just look around. The still of night. Hopefully a clear unhindered view of the Milky Way. The silhouette of the surrounding hills, a feint glow in the sky of a city beyond, but no more.

It makes you feel alive.

There are few places in the Peak District where this can actually happen.  That’s why I am looking forward to the next store run out: The Salomon Fell Raiser Head Torch Run.
One thing is for certain, the top end of Abbey Brook and running across the valley side promises a feeling of isolation and the possibility of hearing more of your surroundings than seeing. Definitely an opportunity for turning those lights off with a hope for clear skies.

You can’t beat it!

The total distance of the Salomon Fell Raiser Run is 12km. OK, that’s not too bad. Now add in the 555 meters of ascent or 1,800 feet in old money. It’s a pretty tough run. Much of the height gain is in the first 5k, yet a nasty sting in the tail awaits the unwary before the final plunge back to Fairholmes, at the foot of the Howden Dam.

The route through Abbey Brook, in daylight...

The route through Abbey Brook, in daylight…

The evening will also give those who come along, and currently it looks like a busy one, the chance to try on a pair of suitable Salomon shoes. Notably the Fell Raiser will be present, one popular shoe with plenty of grip. Petzl will also be on hand with their Nao range, so you should be able to see where you are running. Then there is Suunto, GPS and heart rate.  Now this will be different.  It is one thing popping a GPS unit on your wrist coupled with a heart rate belt around your chest. We wanted to go one better. The plan is this. Let us know you would like to borrow a Suunto unit and we will create an account for folk to look back at where they ran and what their heart rate was up to in relation to speed, pace, altitude and so on… Interested then please drop us a line at info @ accelerateuk.com  We shall do the rest. Oh yes, if you use an iPhone you could download the Suunto Movescount App, take a few photos and by following the instructions produce something like this preview video of the route… it’s that simple.

So to confirm the details:
19th November, 6.45 for a prompt 7pm start. Fairholmes, Derwent Water >>
Try out kit available from: Salomon, Suunto and Petzl. All on a first come, first served basis. We will be on site from a little after 6.15.
Post run social: The Lady Bower Inn >> for Chips and a drink.
What to bring: Full FRA kit please. Spare warm top, waterproof top, windproof bottoms at least plus spare hat and gloves. No ‘Road shoes!’
Updates will be over on the events page on Face Book >> and via Twitter >>

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Accelerate Performance and Healthy Run Coaching, Heart rate, Periodisation, Strength & Stability. Business owner @accelerateuk Coach to #TeamAccelerate The open road, fell, moorland and high places. Sunny days, days the wind blows and rain is horizontal - 'You're Alive!' Twitter and Instagram: @RunStuCoach

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