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World Trail Running Champion aiming for record time at Ennerdale

by Press Release
Wednesday 9th October 2013
 
 

Race preview: Ennerdale 50k ultra trail run - Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ennerdale 50k ultra trail run - Sunday, October 20, 2013

2013 IAU World Trail Running champion and Salomon international athlete Ricky Lightfoot is aiming to set a record time at the Ennerdale 50k ultra trail run on Sunday 20th October.

Set in the beautiful Ennerdale valley, a remote location on the western fringes of the Lake District National Park, this is a truly spectacular location for trail running with a fantastic combination of trails in a unique natural environment. It is an enclosed valley surrounded by some of the Lake Districts most iconic mountains; Great Gable, Pillar and Haystacks, providing a natural backdrop of dramatic ridges and wooded slopes.

Ennerdale 50k ultra trail run - Sunday, October 20, 2013

Photo: 2013 IAU World Trail Running champion and Salomon international athlete Ricky Lightfoot on his way to winning the Buttermere trail race

“Ennerdale is practically on my doorstep and it’s an absolutely stunning place to run. I think it’s a course where a fast time can be achieved over the 50k distance”
Ricky Lightfoot.

The course record is held by Steve Angus (DH Runners) who set a time of 4:17:48 at the inaugural event last year. Although the majority of the route is on forest trails with no major climbs it is a deceptively tough course with 700m of ascent. There is also the renowned lakeshore trail by Anglers Crag, described by last year’s female 50k winner Vicci Mousley as “the evil rock section”. After negotiating the notorious boulder fields at the Scafell Pike Trail Marathon back in May, Ricky should take this in his stride.

The Ennerdale Trail Race is the final event in the 2013 Salomon Trail Tour and with distances of 10k, 25k and the 50k ultra to choose from, there is something for everyone. There are fantastic prizes from event sponsor Salomon, including the brand new Fell Raiser trail shoe, Agile 7 backpacks & XR Sensibelts…. If this isn’t enough these will be presented by fell running legend Joss Naylor (MBE) who will also be on hand to answer any questions.

Ennerdale 50k ultra trail run - Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ennerdale also forms part of an awesome weekend of trail running, starting with a Salomon demo run in conjunction with Keswick retailer George Fisher on Saturday 19th. Ricky and Trail Running magazine editor Claire Maxted will be leading a 10km trail run along Derwent Water and Walla Crag. Although this is not a race it will be an ideal opportunity to (off) road-test the latest range of Salomon trail shoes (including the new Fell Raiser) and to stretch those legs out in preparation for Sunday. All abilities are welcome, if you are interested meet at George Fisher, Keswick at 9am.... run with these guys on the Saturday, get all the tips and advice, then race them on the Sunday!

Ennerdale 50k ultra trail run - Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ricky has recently been described by Salomon Community manager Matt Ward “from the same mould as Joss Naylor”. This special toughness may partly come from running in this fantastic area, so come along and meet a fell running legend and the local World Trail Champion.

Full details of the weekends events can be found at www.highterrainevents.co.uk

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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