Middleton Top to Kirkby Stephen

270km (168 miles) in 100 hours

Second edition 2023. Maximum 40 Entries

THE PB270: A Grand Randonnee of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail. All the way from Middleton Top in the south Peak District to it’s northern extent in Kirkby Stephen. We’ve given generous time allowances to make the race a sporting opportunity for trail runners of all abilities, from slow & steady to those keen to step onto the podium. We’ve got indoor checkpoints offering hot food, some with bunkbeds, some with sleeping space and on-course safety team. Within the race infrastructure, we’re also keen that you enjoy developing your personal race strategy, have a superb adventure and sense of connection to the wonderfully diverse landscapes along this national trail

THE PB270 STORY: For the past few years we’ve been organising our Ranger Ultras series of races, many of which utilise sections of the Pennine Bridleway. During this time many of you have told us how much you enjoy our low-key, low environmental impact style of events. This, along with our trail fee contributions, has helped National Trails and the Peak District National Park with ongoing trail maintenance costs. For the past 3 years we have earned the National Trails Supporter’ badge. We were the first trail running events organisation that was awarded to.

Our meticulous safety planning and attention to detail has already helped other race events grow to international success.

So, we thought, lets join things up and offer a cracker of a trail race. The full Pennine Bridleway, from the start in Middleton Top all the way to Kirkby Stephen. Next we’ve added a 100 hour time limit, to make it a worthy, but achievable, challenge for every ultra runner. A great multi-day race, in less than a week.

Our current Ranger Ultras races offer a progression of ultra and trail running experience, for your build up to the PB270. As well as mini-recce opportunities on the Pennine Bridleway.  From our 18 and 55km Trail Time Trials on the Pennine Bridleway. To tough, long day races like the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Ultra.  The High Peak 100km Cromford to Whaley Bridge ultra. And our Peak District South & North two day stage race.

The Pennine Bridleway Trail Challenge is a superb, fresh adventure over inspiring fells and moors.

Up to 100 hours on the Pennine Bridleway for steady, ‘going for the finish’, trail enthusiasts as well as elite athletes.


  • Three intermediate checkpoints
  • Indoor sleeping at checkpoints
  • Home cooked hot food at checkpoints
  • Your drop bag moved up to each checkpoint
  • Checkpoint team
  • On course safety team and marshals
  • Full compliance with prevailing Covid-19 precautions
  • On course water replenishment stations
  • Trophies for Male, Female winners and 2nd, 3rd places
  • Trophies for age category winners
  • Medals for all finishers
  • Option to join our Ranger Ultras ‘Medals for Wildlife’ fundraising
  • Trail Fee contribution to National Trails
  • Trail Fee contribution to National Parks Authorities for trail maintenance projects
  • Entry discounts for volunteers

Tasty checkpoint meals


Tuesday 18th April
17:00 to 21:00 Race registration & kit check at Hayfield Race HQ
Please note, registration not available on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday 19th April
08:30 Private coach from Hayfield to Race Start
10:00 Race start at Middleton Top

Thursday 20 April
07:00 cut-off for runners to exit Hayfield CP1
CP1 Facilities: Hot food. Drinks. Seating. Drop bag. No Sleeping. Max stay = 4 hours

Friday 21 April
07:00 cut-off for runners to exit Hebden Bridge CP2
CP2 Facilities: Hot food. Drinks. Seating. Drop Bag. Bunk room beds. Max stay = 8 hours

Saturday 22 April
12:00 midday cut-off for runners to exit Settle CP3
CP3 Facilities: Hot food. Drinks. Seating. Drop Bag. Floor sleeping. Max Stay = 6 hours

Sunday 23 April
14:00 cut-off at Kirkby Stephen Finish
Finish Facilities: Hot food. Drinks. Seating. Drop bag. Sleeping for 1 night / Max Stay 8 hours.
16:00 Kirkby Stephen venue closes.

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Up to 100 hours of trail running adventure and race infrastructure for £395

Come and join us on the Ranger Ultras’ PB270 Pennine Bridleway Trail Challenge: Si-Entries now open