Sunderland Strollers conquer Lakes

Judith Shotton
Judith Shotton
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A HARDY band of 28 Strollers travelled to the Lake District at the weekend to compete in two of the toughest ultra trail events in the country.

The Lakeland 100 miles ultra tour of the Lake District is the most spectacular long distance trail race which takes place in the UK.

The circular route encompasses the whole of the lakeland fells, includes in the region of 6300m of ascent and consists almost entirely of public bridleways and footpaths.

The route starts in Coniston and heads South before the finish back at Coniston. The maximum time allowed for the event is 40 hours.

The Lakeland 50 is one the greatest ultra running and walking challenges in Europe. It is run over the second half of the Lakeland 100 course. The maximum time allowed is 24 hours.

The Strollers had two finishers from three starters in the gruelling 100 mile event. They finished together and they were: Louise Outterson (38:39:47) and Tony Allen (38:39:47).

In the 50 mile event, 25 Strollers took part and they had 23 finishers.

They were led home by Rachel Ball as fifth woman in 10:26:44, next came Stuart Percival (10:59:11), Ashleigh Thorpe and Ant Wilton won the mixed pair overall (12:21:43).

Dan Anderson clocked (12:46:31), Simon Mowbray (12:46:42), Paul Dunlop (12:46:50), Michael Edwards (12:52:30), Vanessa Hogan (13:19:34), Lyne Valentine was third over-50 woman (13:19:34), Kevin O’Neill (13:25:10), Harry Harrison (13:46:19), Mick Armstrong (14:12:55), Phil Watson (14:12:56), Lee Corbett (14:21:40), Colin Armour (14:48:44),

Mel Davies (14:53:31), Jenna Maynard (16:26:07), Ant Tiernan (17:44:45), Nicola Carr (17:44:46), Jill Connolly (17:44:48), Judith Shotton (17:44:48) and Bill Kirk (17:44:50).