Time to roll out the Peak barrel again

Great Kinder Beer Barrel Challenge

Great Kinder Beer Barrel Challenge

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THE tradition of the Great Kinder Beer Barrel Challenge in the Peak District rolls on next weekend.

Eleven teams of eight runners will carry a full beer barrel from the Snake Inn on the A57 Sheffield to Manchester road to Edale village on Saturday, September 10.

The challenge, which involves a 900ft climb over three miles of the boggy terrain of high peak moorland followed by a knee-cracking descent into Edale valley, started 13 years ago as the result of a bet between a local shepherd and the landlord of the Nags Head Inn in Edale.

Each team member receives customary liquid reward and the fastest team wins a full barrel of beer. Money is raised for local charities through sponsorship and fundraising. Peak Ales and Bradfield Brewery are offering their ales as prizes.

Event chairman Mike Wolstenholme said: “For the second year running we have a full entry of 11 teams, all gluttons for punishment but definitely with a sense of purpose”.

The race start at the Snake Inn at 12.30pm and teams are expected to finish in Edale village square at around 1.30pm, where there will be a barbecue.

An evening of entertainment in Edale village hall will include Hope Valley College Big Band.