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[Update: 11th August 2015]. The map files have been updated for 2015. For GPS and electronic map users, the route is available in the following formats; KML (Google Earth), MMO Memory Map, and GPX. Garmin users should “import into My Collection” the GPX file into free software Garmin Basecamp, plug in their GPS device, and then from Basecamp choose – DEVICE and then SEND TO DEVICE. Please ensure the route has loaded correctly on your device but you arrive at the event!
You can Download the GPS pack here. The OS maps that cover the whole route are:
1:50k – OS Landranger: 109, 118
1:25k – OS Explorer: 1, 24, 258, 268 (268 cover 95% of the route)
There is a lovely canal section to start with before a climb up to Mow Cop castle and the Old Man of Mow. Great to views over Staffordshire, Shropshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire. The climb is followed by an enjoyable ridge run and descent down to the outskirts of Congleton where you’ll find the first manned refreshment point (CP2) at Timbersbrook picnic area. Then there is an steady climb up to local hill, The Cloud, from the top of which you can survey a good 10 miles of the upcoming course.
You then enjoy a nice descent to run alongside the River Dane, before a gentle climb up to Wincle Minn, and then over the road to the huge transmitter station at Croker Hill to enjoy panoramic views over Cheshire. Descend from Croker Hill, and along the road to the second refreshment point (CP6).
From there it’s a pleasant run down to the outskirts of Macclesfield Forest to Langley before a short, sharp climb up everyone’s favourite named hill “Tegg’s Nose” (CP7). Onwards North to Rainow and views from The White Nancy at Kerridge Hill (CP8), and then down past Savio House , the outskirts of Bollington, to find the 3rd and final refreshment point (CP9). Next a very long but steady climb up to Brink Farm, and up towards the summit of Sponds Hill.
A left turn where the Gritstone Trail splits to a welcome descent all the way into Lyme Country Park (CP10) and stately home ( Ladies, this was Mr Darcy’s house in the Pride and Prejudice BBC adaptation!). Then you’re home and dry as it’s just a couple of miles into Disley, where you will be awarded a chest of gold, a massive medal, some cut glass crystal and a 5 course meal. Well, no, not really, you’ll get a cup of tea, a bite to eat and be well satisfied with your achievement! Oh go on then, we may well rustle up a finishing certificate for you too.