As it happened I had planned a run with Dave Taylor of Fell Running Guide, an extremely well qualified and experienced mountain guide and fell runner Dave knows the Peaks like the back of his hand. So I promptly ran about the house trying to find some Bridgedale socks that were on test and gather together the clothing and kit combination I wanted to try out... oh and the new toys... Salomon S-Lab XT Wings 5... ahem, more of that later.
I was expecting a little bit of snow and ice with strong winds and general coldness, well I was half right! Meeting Dave in Edale we started making our way up Grindsbrook Clough, I can't get enough of this trail... as you get near the top it feels more and more like a rugged alpine trail with large boulders scattered all over the place and a watery torrent tearing its way down next to the path.
If you're looking at coming to the UK and taking a run in the Peak District then it's definitely worth contacting Dave via his website for a guide. As well as knowing the area well he offers a variety of training for running and racing in the terrain - including navigation, fitness kit and race recce's.
So after a well spent morning with Dave I now had a much better idea of what I was going to take for the Hardmoors Trail Marathon, watch this space for a race report, what I chose to wear and how it all went!