The Steeplechase to end all Steeplechases
Last weekend saw the inaugural Red Bull Steeplechase race take place in the beautiful and iconic setting of Castleton in the Peak District.
The course covered four stages and past four iconic steeples in the Peak District and Red Bull didn’t stop at creating one of the most demanding and treacherous courses, they also added a unique Red Bull twist. At each steeple the last 25% of the field was cut, meaning runners couldn’t try and pace themselves… they just had to go all out to stay at the front of the field and be part of the final 40 runners that were able to complete the course!
As the sun came up and mist gathered over the Derbyshire hills on Sunday, over 150 hardened runners arrived to take on 21 miles of unadulterated running punishment.
The race was started in traditional fashion with the local town crier setting the runners on their way across a gruelling peak district course that started with a 300-metre hill climb to get the lungs screaming and the legs burning. 21 miles later the first runner, Russell Bentley, finished the course in an super impressive time of 2 hours 48 minutes and won the first ever Red Bull Steeplechase trophy
As part of PrettyGreen’s role on the day, we spoke to the final 40 competitors to get their thoughts on race – they all said they’ve never experienced anything so mentally and physically challenging in their running lives.
Not for the fainthearted – check out the full race results here www.redbull.co.uk/steeplechase