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14/09/19<br />
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With only glory and a full barrel beer for the winning team, competitors haul a full seventy-two pint beer barrel up and across one of the toughest areas of high moorland in the Peak District National Park at the start of the Great Kinder Beer Barrel Challenge.<br />
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The mountain known as Kinder Scout, scene of the famous mass trespass in 1932, plays host to one of the most gruelling fell-running events to be run on the Dark Peak hills, Derbyshire.<br />
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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, shared the beer with his team,<br />
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