The Great Kinder Beer Barrel Challenge is ON again this year.

Absence make the heart grow fonder – so they say. In this case it may just be absence that makes the mind (or memory) grow weaker. Consequently this is a warning to get your diaries out and reserve the 13th of September 2014.

A rejuvenated group of Edaliens have decided to get together to make sure this ridiculous event happens again this year. We know how much you missed it last year – silly buggers! We’d love to have you back again this year.

Right now this is just to let you know; so you don’t double book it, or so you have plenty of time to double book it, depending on your mental health.
We’ll send you more information later.
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2013 Event Cancelled

Sadly the Great Kinder Beer Barrel Challenge is not going to happen this year. But we do want the event to run again in 2014. It’s been pointed out to us that other great events, for example Glastonbury, do periodically have years off to rest and re-think what’s happening. We’re consoled by being in good company, so watch this space.

A lot of you, I know, have been very supportive and enthusiastic, so to you all, a big thank you for times past. Looking forward, we need to decide what this event is. Is it a quirky challenge that does some good for our local community, where we get together and do something completely pointless because it’s a physical and fun custom, then go and have a few beers and talk about it, or is it a fell race with an extra touch of gladiatorial excitement? You’ve got a stake in this! Help us keep it going. We’d love to hear what bits you enjoy and what you want.

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Dark Peak Regain Crown in 2012

The 2012 Great Kinder Beer Barrel Challenge was another exciting event with glorious sunshine and 8 enthusiastic (at least at the start…) and committed teams.The Descent

After being narrowly beaten by Gladioli in 2011, Dark Peak returned with renewed determination (and some of the best Fell runners in the country) and managed to top the field with a time of 47:08. Gladioli were a clear second place with a time of 50:42. A steady improvement from Fat Boys Revenge saw them secure third place in 52.59.

First local team was Should Noe Better (the team formerly known as Fieldhead) in 58.04.

A big congratulations to the first (and only) ladies team Edale Ladies who not only managed to get the barrel over Kinder in 1:45.32 but did it in style… and luminous green tutus!

Check out the results and photos pages for the 2012 event.

Many thanks to the competitors, the spectators,¬†the organisers, all those who helped out and a massive thanks to our two great sponsors Bradfield Brewery and Peak Ales who’s support makes this event possible.

See you next year!

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Full line up for 2012 event confirmed

This year’s event is set to take place on Saturday 8th September and the full line up of the 11 confirmed teams is:

    Should Noe Better: local
    Coopers Cafe: local
    Edale Ladies: local
    Snake Pass Inn Bar Stewards: local
    Gladioli: last year’s winners
    Team Gooch
    Friends of Kenneth
    Fat Boys Revenge
    Fat Boys Original
    Dark Peak
    Fatboy Medics

First reserve team: Ye Old Yorkshire Lads

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Photo gallery for 2011 event

A new gallery has been created for the 2011 event. If you have any photos you would like on the site get in touch via the contact form on the entry page.

More photos will be added over time so keep checking back!

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2011 Event On YouTube

The 2011 event was captured on video camera by Katy and Aidan Snow and offers a great feel for the atmosphere of the event… and the challenge!

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Gladioli Pip Dark Peak In 2011 Thriller

Gladioli came away victorious with a time of 0:48:44 just 28 seconds ahead of Dark Peak in a year of fast times for many teams.

Congratulations to all those who completed this years gruelling challenge.

Team results are available here.

Full report and photos will follow shortly.

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Peak Ales confirmed as joint sponsor of 2011 event

We are delighted to have Peak confirmed as joint sponsor (alongside Bradfield Brewery) of the 2011 event.

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Bradfield Brewery confirmed as sponsor for 2011 event

Bradfield Brewery have confirmed they will be sponsoring the 2011 event, and even have a team in training for this year’s race!

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Peak Ales and Bradfield Brewery interested in sponsoring 2011 event

We are delighted to have two fine local breweries  РPeak Ales and Bradfield Brewery Рinterested in sponsoring the 2011 Great Kinder Beer Barrel Challenge.

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