Sheffield and the Peak District’s largest dedicated running retailer, Accelerate Store, has been confirmed as the sponsor of the inaugural Run YHA, a two day trail running festival organised by YHA (England and Wales).
The first in a series of YHA trail running festivals is taking place at YHA Castleton in the Hope Valley.
The two day event takes place on the May 24 and 25and covers three trail race – 2 miles, 6 miles and a half marathon distance.
At the event, Accelerate will be holding running workshops as well as offering help and advice to participants.
Interest in the event from the running community has been high as off-road running continues to grow in popularity throughout the UK.
Run YHA is an opportunity for runners to forget about how fast or how far they’re running and instead, take the time to fully appreciate the best the British countryside has to offer.
Caroline White, chief executive of YHA (England and Wales), said:
“We’re delighted to have Accelerate Store on board with Run YHA.
“They are a natural partner and fully support our aims in what we want to achieve with our new running festival.
“We want to introduce people to Youth Hostels and show them just how much they have changed in recent years and also enable them to experience the amazing terrain and scenery in which many of our properties are set.”
Stuart Hale, MD, Accelerate, said:
“Accelerate is delighted to be involved in the inaugural YHA Run this summer.
“We are always keen to support events that encourage runners to take to the trails and the YHA running festival is something that will help showcase the amazing trails that we have in the Peak District.”
There are a number of price points for the two day event, starting at £15 for day entry rising to £70 for two night’s bed and breakfast at YHA Castleton and entry in all three races.
The Youth Hostel is also running a special film night for all runner who arrive on the Friday.
Run YHA Castleton aims to introduce runners of all abilities to Youth Hostels and trail running through some of the Peak District’s most beautiful scenery.