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Competitors hauled beer barrel across Peak District in gruelling challenge

Competitors haul a seventy-two pint beer barrel up and across high moorland in the Peak District National Park Credit: F STOP PRESS

Competitors hauled a full 72-pint beer barrel up and across one of the toughest areas of high moorland in the Peak District National Park in a gruelling event.

It's called The Great Kinder Beer Barrel Challenge and the prize for winners is glory - and the barrel of beer they carry.

The mountain known as Kinder Scout, which was the scene of the famous mass trespass in 1932, played host to one of the most difficult fell-running events to be run on the Dark Peak hills, Derbyshire.

The Great Kinder Beer Barrel Challenge has its roots in a bet that occurred in 1998 Credit: F STOP PRESS

Where did the Great Kinder Beer Barrel Challenge start?

The Great Kinder Beer Barrel Challenge has its roots in a bet that occurred in 1998.

The original challenge was laid down one bleak January night when local Edale shepherd Geoff Townsend complained to the landlord at the Old Nags Head Inn that they had run out of his favourite beer.

Geoff jokingly offered to fetch a barrel of the brew from the Snake Pass Inn, only three miles away as the crow flies, but with 900ft of ascent and descent in between.

The landlord agreed that if Geoff succeeded, he could have the barrel (and, more importantly, its contents). So the thirsty shepherd gathered twelve locals to help carry the barrel on a borrowed Mountain Rescue stretcher.

He won the bet, and shared the beer with his team.

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