About RunYHA

Now in its fourth year, RunYHA is our trail running event held at YHA Castleton Losehill Hall in the spectacular back drop of the Peak District.

With a whole host of races and running-related talks and film showings taking place over the weekend, plus the option of staying over to boot – RunYHA is truly a weekend to remember. With shorter runs and a half marathon through the picturesque scenery of Castleton, and an awards presentation for the winners, there’s something for every kind of trail runner.

2017 Runs & Races 5th - 7th May

YHA Castleton is an ideal destination for runners whether you jog round your local park and want to take the next step and get out into the countryside to experience some real running or a more experienced club runners looking for fresh routes.

Friday night

Alpkit night run

  • When: Friday 5th May 2017 - 21:00pm
  • Distance: 6km
  • Terrain: Hilly

Minimum age is 12 accompanied by a parent or guardian, 18 if unaccompanied.

Route description

A guided run out from Losehill Hall, up Lose Hill (212m climb), then hanging left to turn westwards to Hollins Cross before heading back down to Hollowford Road and back to YHA Castleton.

We’ll have two pace groups – a faster group for the more confident who’ve run off-road at night before and a slower group for those who want a first taste of running in the dark, with a chance to catch your breath and do some star-gazing.

You’ll also get a trail running head torch for you to keep.

Saturday

Skylite Half Marathon

  • When: Saturday 6th May 2017 - 11:00am
  • Distance: 23.5km
  • Terrain: Hilly

Minimum age is 12 accompanied by a parent or guardian, 18 if unaccompanied.

Route description

The Half Marathon has been dubbed the Skylite. A shorter but no less spectacular version of the famous Edale Skyline route.

A gentle start along the tracks at the back of the YHA leads to a road crossing at Hope then a delightfully steady climb up the old roman road to Hope Cross. From here an undulating cruise through Jaggers Clough, past the drinks station/checkpoint at Edale YHA and down into the village of Edale itself.

Time for some work now – a long but well graded climb up the tracks to the shoulder of Mam Tor. From here a level cruise along the south (sunny?) side of the great ridge and a short descent back into Losehill Hall and the finish.

Sunday

10km loop

  • When: Sunday 7th May 2017 - 11:00am
  • Distance: 10km
  • Terrain: Hilly

Minimum age is 12 accompanied by a parent or guardian, 18 if unaccompanied.

Route description

The 10k route is a great loop around the skyline of Castleton village. The start is in Cave Dale just above Castleton, a brief warm up walk from Losehill.

A determined first uphill mile up the scenic dale past the castle ruins and cave entrances gains the more level tracks across Windy Knoll (past a cave full of prehistoric relics) and up onto the Celtic Hillfort of Mam Tor.

You are now 337 metres above where you started. Your reward is a spectacular view and a long gentle descent past Hollins Cross back down to Losehill.

Book now

Two nights’ Bed and Breakfast, entry to all three runs and access to all the films and talks - £95

Non running friends, partners and family - £75 (Children - £65)

Book direct with YHA Castleton Losehill Hall by emailing [email protected] or calling 01433 620235

Stay the weekend

Book a bed or a whole room.

YHA Castleton is an ideal venue offering low cost comfortable accommodation, drying rooms for wet kit, good value meals, a well-stocked bar, a cinema room and welcoming social spaces – all essentials for trail runners.

The hostel has 146 beds in 36 rooms, most of which have en-suite facilities. YHA Castleton is finished to a high standard and boasts a licensed bar and luxurious social areas.

Two nights’ Bed and Breakfast, entry to all three runs and access to all the films and talks - £95
Non running friends, partners and family - £75 (Children - £65)

Book direct with YHA Castleton Losehill Hall by emailing [email protected] or calling 01433 620235

Food & Drink

As well as the breakfasts and post-run cakes which are all included in the weekend price, we’ll have our usual menu available throughout the weekend.

There is always a choice including vegetarian and gluten free options. We’ll fit the meal timing around the evening entertainment and activities and our bar will be open throughout. The Hope Valley Brewery will be making a special runners ale for the weekend. Hope Valley Brewery is the only charity run brewery in the country and all the proceeds go towards our bursary fund Breaks for Kids.

Films Talks

We’re still finalising the programme of films and talks for RunYHA. Check back soon for more information.

RunYHA - 2016 results

10K Race Results - Top 20
# Surname First name Time
1 Impey Nick 0:42:08
2 Letts Tony 0:42:31
3 Morgan Alex 0:42:41
4 Kimber Richard 0:44:34
5 Herbert Mark 0:45:12
6 Smith Jonathan 0:45:39
7 Martin Sophie 0:47:38
8 Cannon Paul 0:50:43
9 Tworney Nick 0:51:03
10 Pike Helen 0:51:07
11 Demuth-Pike Jordan 0:51:57
12   Alex 0:53:01
13 Walker Stephen 0:53:40
14 Plews Leanne 0:56:01
15 Harlock Justin 0:56:01
16 Kedian Rob 0:57:34
17 Clayton Matthew 0:59.55
18 Wheeler Rene 0:59.55
19 Brennan Rebecca 1:00:27
20 Palmer Gemma 1:01:18
Skyline Half Marathon Race Results - Top 20
# Surname First name Time
1 Demuth-Pike Jordan 1:54:52
2 Cannon Paul 1:54:55
3 Weir Peter 1:55.28
4 Walker Stephen 1:58.06
5 Harlock Justin 2:03:05
6 Kedian Rob 2.03.06
7 Hind Kathy 2:03:27
8 Webster Jane 2:03:27
9 Plews Leanne 2:04:17
10 Sharpe Christopher 2:05:18
11 Wheeler Rene 2:12:08
12 Clayton Matt 2:12:08
13 Van Alderwegen Damian 2:12:34
14 Enqvist Elina 2:13:07
15 Weir Karen 2:13:16
16 Brennan Rebecca 2:15:32
17 Smith Paul 2:16:15
18 Graham Alison 2:19:09
19 Symons Stephen 2:19:21
20 Gregory Lauren 2:19:26