Rain Rain and more Rain....

Rachael Harper's picture

Last weekend, a small group of intrepid PRC runners travelled to the Lake District to take on the renowned Montane Lakeland 50 and 100 mile ultramarathons. Runners for both events faced tough weather conditions during the races, with gale force winds, torrential rain and hail battering the fells over the weekend.

The 50 mile route starts in Ullswater and takes runners over 10,000 feet of ascent to finish in Coniston. Ben Myers, entering the event for the first time, completed the challenging course in 10:30:35, finishing an impressive 80th out of 426 runners. Bridget Houlsten finished in 11:18:27 in 117th place, and Euan Clark also took part, crossing the line in 12:36:48 and 227th place.

Not content with 50 tough miles, Simon Ridley, an experienced ultra runner, toed the line for the 100 mile event on Friday evening. He crossed the finish line just over 38 hours later, achieving 169th place out of 419 runners. 

In equally challenging weather conditions, Nicola, Jennifer and Dean Wise travelled up to Alnwick for the Northumberland Coastal half marathon.  This is a beautiful point to point race along the stunning coastline, but unfortunately, this year’s race was slightly spoiled by a 40 mile per hour headwind and torrential rain, with runners wading through ankle-deep water at times. Nicola crossed the line in 2:20:34, Jennifer in 2:22:50 and Dean in 2:56:26.

Close to home, Ruth Kaftirani and Kelly Marie entered the Ampleforth half marathon. Ruth and Kelly didn’t escape the torrential rain, but were pleased to both get a sub 2 hours result. Ruth crossed the line in 1:50:34, closely followed by Kelly in 1:52:50.

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Report Date: 
Fri 03 Aug 2018 (All day)