Now in its 8th year, the Spire Ultra was the first event and has been a qualifying event for the Run Further Ultra Championships for the previous 5 years.
The route largely follows the Chesterfield Round Walk – a waymarked route that circles the town famous for its Crooked Spire. The route has introduced many people to the undiscovered countryside in the area, from the high moorland, ancient woodland, and reservoirs on the western edges to the rolling farmland and restored former mining areas of the eastern fringes. This route packs a lot of variety into its 33 miles. What’s included? The race is under permit from the Association of Running Clubs. There are 6 checkpoints en route (4 drinks only and 2 are food and drink – proper food too – sweet and savoury). The trickiest sections are marked with race signage although for the majority of the route you will rely on map / gps / route notes and the Chesterfield Round Waymarks. The finishers are rewarded with a medal and light refreshments back at the community resource centre. Free car parking is available at the centre and on the adjoining estate roads. The race has a 9 hour time limit.