What is Red Bull Steeplechase?
The event is a gruelling 21 mile knockout race through the heart of the Peak District.
Most long distance running events are a battle against the clock, with Red Bull Steeplechase you are racing head
to head against the other competitors from steeple to steeple in an effort not to be eliminated and to try and
reach the final steeple.
What is the terrain like and how long is the course?
The course is approximately 21 miles long with an approximate height gain of 1,400m across the whole course.
The terrain is both steep and challenging as you would expect in a fell running event. The ground is a mix of
everything; the race is predominantly off road and is anything from steep uneven grass, mud and dirt tracks to
steep stone and hard pathways. There are also flat sections and small sections that are on road and there are
many stiles and gates to negotiate as well as a section with large stepping stones across a river. In addition
if the weather conditions are wet it will be very muddy in sections.
The course is made up as follows:
Start to steeple 1 at Bamford: approx. distance 8 miles, approx. height gain 580m
Steeple 1 to steeple 2 at Hope: approx. distance 4 miles, approx. height gain 310m
Steeple 2 to steeple 3 at Edale: approx. distance 6 miles, approx. height 345m
Steeple 3 to the final steeple at Castleton: approx. distance 3 miles, approx. height 170m
Approx. total distance 21 miles, approx. total height gain 1400m
What is the format of the race?
Red Bull Steeplechase is a unique knock out format.
Competitors are split into two categories, male and female. All runners in each category are set off together
making it a head to head race against the rest of the field where race position is important not time.
There are four steeples to reach and at each of the first three the slowest section of the field will be
eliminated. Only 40 runners will reach the final steeple at Castleton.
This makes this race a unique format and will challenge runners both physically and mentally as they have to pace
themselves not only to cover the distance and challenging terrain but to ensure they stay in a race position
that prevents them from being eliminated.
How does the knockout format work?
There are 500 places and it estimated that the ratio will be approximately 3:1 Male to Female.
At the first two knockout stages Bamford and Hope one 3rd of runners will be knocked out at each location leaving
the final 3rd. At the 3rd knockout only 40 runners will make it through to race to the final steeple at
The Race is continuous, if you make it through a check point you continue straight on you do not wait for
everyone to complete a section.
Based on the entries we have of 3:1 Male to Female the knockout numbers will be as follows:
Important note: These numbers are predictions and will vary depending on the ratio of male to female entries,
once entry is closed they will be recalculated to match the actual ratio of entries.
|Males in race||Males knocked out||Females in race||Females knocked out|
|Start to steeple 1 in Bamford||375||125||125||40|
|Steeple 1 in Bamford to steeple 2 in Hope||250||125||85||40|
|Steeple 2 in Hope to steeple 3 in Edale||125||95||45||35|
|Steeple 3 in Edale to steeple 4 the Finish in Castleton||30||10|
How will I know what position I am in?
When you sign in in the morning each runner will be electronically tagged. At each of the knockout locations and
approximately half way through each stage there will be a counter clock which will tell you what race position
you are in. This will be split showing race position for males and race position for females.
Can I continue running the course if I get knocked out at the first stage?
Unfortunately not, once you are knocked out your race is over. There are free buses back to Castleton where you
we will be hosting a runner's lunch and you can support the end of the race.
What kit shall I bring?
Off road running shoes, running top, running shorts or tights. It can get windy on the tops so taking a
lightweight long sleeve windproof/running top would be a good idea. A whistle is also advisable to attract help
if you are injured or stranded. It is suggested that you head to the start with extra clothing on which you can
put in your race bag to keep you warm before you start and to be collected at the finish where the runners lunch
Mandatory kit - unless the weather forecast is very bad there is no mandatory kit however if the
weather forecast is bad (blizzards, heavy rain/winds etc) full body cover (long sleeve windproof top & bottoms)
will be required. You will try and notify you by email if we are expecting this but it is suggested you brining
it just in case, you can always leave it in your car if you do not need it.
Do I need to bring any forms with me?
No, at registration you will need to provide your name and address details & an emergency contact. If you have
decided to give your place to someone else it is important that you let us know at registration so that we can
update our records in case of an emergency.
Are there any drinks station?
Yes there are drinks stations, at each of the knockout stages and halfway through the first and third section of
What will be available in the drinks stations?
Drinks stations will supply water, Red Bull a mix of 50%water and 50% Red Bull and Red Bull Shots, if you wish to
use food or gels you should bring these with you.
What do I get as part of my entry?
Once you have entered Red Bull Steeplechase we will endeavour to make your experience as pleasantly gruelling as
possible. The following inventory will be provided to you:
- A bespoke Red Bull Steeplechase hoodie provided at your finish location.
- A race bag at the start so that you can store your belongings and get them at the finish in Castleton.
- Transport between the knockout locations and the finish line by bus.
- Drinks stations on the course and at the knockout locations.
- A sought after Red Bull Steeplechase medal for those that reach at least 1 steeple.
There will also be a runners lunch for all those who competed at the finish area in the Castle pub in
What are the key timings
The event is on Sunday 5th October 2014. Onsite registration will open at 8am and the race will start at 9.30am
for men and 9.35am for women
Where is it?
The race is between Castleton, Bamford, Hope and Edale in the Hope Valley, the Peak District. The start and
finish is in Castleton.
The address for the start is: Buxton Road Castleton, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 8WP
See the course map for more details.
Where can I park?
There will be parking available close to the start for all competitors. Once in Castleton there will be
How do I get to registration and the start line?
You will have about a 5 minute walk from the car park area to registration and a further 500m to walk from the
registration area to the start line.
What do I do with my stuff that I want to leave when I start the race?
Individual race bags will be given to competitors at the registration area; just before you head to the start
line you can then take off any excess clothing and leave it for collection at the finish line in Castleton
What about valuables?
You will also be supplied with a sealable tamper proof plastic bag for putting keys and small valuables in which
will be numbered with your race number. You can collect these, along with your race bag, but only on production
of your race number (for security).
If I'm knocked out of the race how will I get back to my stuff and my car?
Your race bag will be available for collection at the finish line at Castleton. As you may be eliminated from the
race at any of the three knockout locations, Hope, Bamford or Edale, free buses will be provided to take you
from these locations back to the finish line at Castleton. In addition you will be given a towel and a hoodie
where you are knocked out so that if it is wet you can dry yourself and you have something warm to wear.
Where do I go to watch the end of the race?
The finish line is in the centre of Castleton by the Church. This is where you can watch the finish, runners will
be finishing at around 12.00 midday
When and where is the prize giving?
The prize giving will be in the market place at the centre of Castleton by the church at about 2pm.