Rob Jackson, Phil Walters and Glen Coleman took on the annual Four Inns Challenge on Saturday 5th April for the fifth consecutive year. Setting off at 7:26am, the team finished this grueling fell race in 9:56:00. This gained them a creditable 11th overall place out of 90 starting teams and 5th place out of 22 teams in the veterans’ section of the competition.
The Four Inns is a tough competitive fell race in the Peak District, approximately 65km (40 miles) long, over some of the roughest moorland in Britain. The event takes its name from the four inns along its route - The Isle Of Skye (site of), Snake Pass Inn, Nags Head and Cat & Fiddle.
This event, organised by Derbyshire Scout Association covers 40 miles of the Peak District, from Holmfirth to Buxton, including the rugged, high moorland plateaus of Black Hill, Bleaklow and Kinder Scout and requires competitors to run in teams of three or four.
Despite some atrocious weather conditions, including low cloud and a snow blizzard over Bleaklow, the most exposed part of the course, some excellent navigation work saw the team set their fastest ever time over the first part of the route to Edale. The blustery conditions continued throughout the day, despite which, Pete Foulds ably supported the team at various checkpoints on the route.
The team plans to return to the event next year, where they hope they will be accompanied by other teams from the club.
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