The High Peak 40 Mile Challenge (HP40) was initiated in 1986 by a Buxton company called Otter Controls Ltd. as a one-off event to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary. It proved so popular that “Otters” continued to sponsor the event until 1997. From 1998 to 2004 the event was hosted by Buxton Community School and organised by one of the staff, Jim Collis. Jim was assisted by a small committee and most of the volunteers who had been involved in the previous incarnation.


The 2004 race was part of the Trail Running Association’s championship. 2005 saw a further change for the HP40 in that it became a joint venture between Buxton and District Lions Club, Buxton Community School and the Trail Running Association. Things move on and after the 2006 race links with the Trail Running Association were severed. The 2006 HP40 had also featured in what was the Montrail Ultra Running Championships which became the UK Ultra Running Championships. This association continued until 2014 but, after a gap, was resurrected for 2016.

The route has remained essentially the same - apart from minor changes to reflect the alterations to the start and finish in 1998. The only major change was an enforced diversion in 2007 but that is now behind us and the route is back to what it was in 2006. Various statistics have been provided over the years relating to course records. The return to the original course - or very nearly the original course - opened the way to redefining the course records. The definitive course records are now as follows:


Men overall – Mick Bradley (1997) – 5.02.41.

Ladies overall – Sally Fawcett (2015) – 6.07.47.

Ladies Team – Derbyshire Traders (1992) – 22.49.22.

Mens Team – Dark Peak Lutra XL Invaders (1989) – 17.06.09.

 Remember: records are made to be broken!

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