Peak Raid 2023
Race 4 Eastern Moors – Sunday 3 December

Welcome to the final race of the 2023 series.

The Met Office weather forecast is looking promising at the moment, clear skies and the temperature predicted to be in the range -2° to 2° centigrade. Don’t skimp on equipment – it’s strongly recommended to take an extra warm layer.

Link to MWIS Mountain Weather for the Peak District

Race registration and the start and finish are all based at the Grindleford Pavilion, Main Road, Grindleford, Derbyshire.

Post Code: S32 2JJ          Grid Reference: SK244 777         What3Words:


For early arrivals there is space for some cars at the village hall. Please follow the marshal’s instructions.

Please, please car share. Check out the Car Share Group on Facebook. Sign up today and never travel to an event alone. Explorer Events Peak Raid Public Group. Or travel by train, the Grindleford station is only a short walk from the Pavilion.

Parking will be on the roadsides around the village. Please ensure that you park respectfully, and do not block driveways for local residents. It is also possible to park on Padley Road and Maynard Road and also on Station Approach, this is now pay and display (£2 for the whole day).

2023 Series Prize Giving

We will be holding the series prize giving as soon as possible after 1pm and everyone is invited.

Please check the series results to ensure that all of your scores are correctly recorded. Especially pairs, as we sometimes find that names have been reversed and the results system will not pick this up. For example, Billy Whizz & Minnie Minx and Minnie Minx & Billy Whizz will be scored separately, not as the same pair! Results can be checked here.

Helpers Needed:

Would you like a free entry or a refunded entry? Please get in touch via if you are willing and able to help collect a few controls.

Event Format:

If you are new to Peak Raid and have any questions – don’t be afraid to ask any of the organising team.

Peak Raid is a three-hour score event. The aim is to gain the maximum number of points by choosing your own route and visiting as many controls as you can within the three-hour time limit.

At the start, all competitors receive a waterproof 1:25000 map with the control locations and the points values clearly marked. Control points which are further away, and more difficult, are generally worth more points.

We use SI Timing software to record points and produce the final results. All competitors record their score using a SPORTident Card, which is more commonly known as a ‘dibber’.

For this event there are twenty controls, with a maximum possible score of 600 points. You choose your own route and go as hard or as easy as you wish, but remember, there is a three-hour maximum time limit, after which you lose points. So, don’t be late!

Late penalties are: 1 to 5 mins – 2 points/minute lost; 6 to 10 mins – 5 points/minute lost; 11 to 20 minutes – 10 points/minute lost; After 20 minutes – All points lost

Please remember the Golden Rules – do not climb fences or walls and you must report to Download even if you retire.

Starting and Finishing:

Starting – please arrive for your allocated start time. Finishing – remember to punch the finish control and then go straight to Download to collect your results. Full results will be published on our website at:

The Start and the Finish are both at the village hall. Here is a Link to the Start List

Equipment and Kit Requirements:

You MUST wear or carry the following FRA Mandatory Minimum Kit of;

  • waterproof whole-body cover (with taped seams and integrated attached hood)
  • hat and gloves
  • map of the route (provided)
  • compass, whistle and sufficient food for the event
  • boots or fell running shoes that in the organiser’s opinion are fully suitable for the type of terrain
  • In addition to the FRA kit you must carry a survival bag (bag not blanket)

The FRA leaflets: Requirements for Runners, Hypothermia and Hyperthermia are full of important information and recommended reading for all competitors taking part


The race visits the northern parts of the Eastern Moors and the areas around the Burbage Valley. Expect challenging route choices, good running on paths and tracks, and in places heather, marsh and tussocks.

There are a several roads that cross the area, some are likely to be busy. Take great care when crossing

On the map, Open Access is shown as yellow. Competitors can choose their own routes across Open Access areas.

Walls and fences are shown on the map with a black line – do not cross. Ruined walls and fences are shown with a dashed line with a dot – can be crossed. This symbol is used for ruined walls and ruined fences.

Entries and Registration:

Registration will be open from 7:30am. Start Times: From 8:00am until 10:00am. The course closes at 1:00pm.

If you have your own dibber, you must visit registration before going to the start.

To ensure a smooth a speedy registration process please:

  1. Complete the on the day registration safety form.
  2. Go to registration and collect your dibber, or competitors with their own dibbers take them for punch registration.
  3. For pairs – please come together to registration.
  4. Bring your kit with you as there will be a mandatory kit check before you can proceed to the start.

There may be limited entry on the day subject to sufficient maps and dibbers remaining unallocated. Late entries must contact the organiser in advance to check that there are sufficient maps and dibbers available. (Contact Paul on 07854067685)


Tea, coffee and cake will be provided after your run. To reduce waste, you are welcome to bring your own cup and have a refill.

Emergency Contact and Competitor Safety:

We strongly encourage all competitors to carry a fully charged mobile phone and to register the phone for the Emergency SMS 999 text service. To register, simply text ‘Register’ to 999. You will then receive a reply. Respond with ‘Yes’, and you are set up to send messages to the emergency services from locations where there is little, or no mobile signal.

Pre-entering emergency phone numbers before the event is recommended. In the event that you find yourself likely to be back significantly late, or if you are injured, call the contact numbers below.

Event Centre: 01298 84984             Paul: 07854 067685             Andy: 077626 30755

GPS Watches:

As per the FRA rules you cannot use a GPS watch to assist navigation for Peak Raid3 events. However, wearing a watch for tracking and post-race analysis is allowed.


PmAp 1:25 000 with 10m contours. The maps will be printed on waterproof paper and clearly display control points with a purple circle. Competitors may choose to visit control points in any order.

The control numbers and the points values will be displayed in the format 5 (20), where 5 is the checkpoint number and (20) the points value.

Control Points:

Control points are white and orange orienteering markers with a small red SI control box.  If the SI control box fails (doesn’t beep or flash) take a note of the three-letter word on the top (cat, dog, bat) and report at Download. Pairs must punch within one minute of each other.


Sorry, dogs are not allowed on the course.    

Map Index:
Jennie Stevens – Conquering the Winter Spine Race for Student Scholarships

Jennie is a regular Peak Raid competitor and from 14-21 January 2024, she will tackle one of Britain’s Most Brutal endurance races, pushing herself to the limit to raise funds for scholarships at Sheffield University.

You can read about her fundraising here:

If you would like to support Jennie’s fund raising efforts by making a donation bring along some spare change and look out for the fund raising bucket at registration.

Keep in Touch:

CONTACT: or Paul Addison on: 07854 067685

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