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World Trail Running Champion 'Storms' to Win at 'Wild' Ennerdale

by Press Release
Wednesday 30th October 2013

Race report: Ennerdale Trail Race  - Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ennerdale Trail Runs - Sunday, October 20, 2013

Photos: 50km race winner Ricky Lightfoot © Sport Sunday Event Photography
2013 IAU World Trail Running Champion and Salomon International athlete Ricky Lightfoot stormed round the Ennerdale 50k ultra smashing an astonishing 53 minutes from the previous record, to win in a time of 3:24:45, in conditions that were far from ideal.

Starting with the Buttermere trail race in April, Ennerdale is the final event in the 2013 Salomon Trail Tour Series and showcases what trail running is all about. The Ennerdale valley is set in a remote corner of the Lake District and is managed by the Wild Ennerdale conservation project. With the motto of ‘WildWaterForestMountains’ it could not have been more appropriate for the second edition of the Ennerdale Trail runs. All that was needed was to add ‘Wild Weather’ to this, and the scene was set for a dramatic event in this unique natural environment. This certainly was the case, as in complete contrast to last year’s weather when there was hardly a breath of wind and clear sunny skies, this year saw driving rain and strong winds, adding to the drama of the setting and the toughness of the course.

Ennerdale Trail Runs - Sunday, October 20, 2013

Photos  © Sport Sunday Event Photography

Being locally based, Ricky is used to wild lakeland weather, but even he commented afterwards that it was the wettest conditions he has competed in this year. ‘On that second lap up to Black Sail the rain was coming at me horizontally and it was actually difficult to see.’ 

In second place in a time of 4:11:57 was professional long distance triathlete Joel Jameson who has a 2:40 Ironman marathon run split to his name. Top local fell runner, Martin Mikklesen-Baron (Borrowdale) ran a consistent race to finish 3rd overall in 4:14:19 challenging and surprising himself on his first attempt at the ultra distance.

The two lap 50k course is an ideal introduction to the ultra distance. Indeed many runners use this as their first foray into ultra running. In the women’s race 2012 Borrowdale trail run winner Katey Foster stepped up to win her first attempt at this distance finishing in 5:10:12. After checking out the route three weeks previously in perfect sunny conditions Katey clearly was not fazed by the conditions "Thank you for an incredible (massively tough) event, the weather added that extra element". Also stepping up to this distance was fell runner Kerrie-Ann Bretherton (Trawden AC) finishing second in 5:29:08 with third place going to Cecily Shepherd in 5:51:02.

Ennerdale Trail Runs - Sunday, October 20, 2013

Photos  © Sport Sunday Event Photography

As well as the 50k, there is also 25k and 10k courses to choose from. In the 25k race, GB international mountain runner Chris Steele (X-Bionic) made a strong comeback from injury to win in 1:39:50. In a similar fashion, Lauren Woodwiss won the women’s 25k in a time of 2:18:56 and clearly enjoying it, "Great first trail run experience! Thanks high terrain...definitely back for more events next year."

Last year’s winner of the 10k Lee Amor came back on form to win in a time of 47:25. The women’s 10k race was won by Suzanne Toppin in 58:51.After only taken up running 18 months previously, Suzanne demonstrated what can be achieved in a relatively short space of time. First female V60, Di Newton finished 11th female overall in a speedy 1:18:50 on this challenging course, commenting, "It was brilliant. The best event this year! Thanks to all the people who made today's races such a success. A great day."

Event sponsor Salomon provided some fantastic prizes and these were presented by local fell running legend, Joss Naylor (MBE).Trail Running magazine editor Claire Maxted already taking part in the 25k, took the opportunity to interview Joss, she later stated, "I came 7th lady, but who even cares about that? - I met Joss!!!"

Ennerdale Trail Runs - Sunday, October 20, 2013

Photos  © Sport Sunday Event Photography

Ennerdale topped off what was a fantastic weekend of trail running supported by Salomon. On the Saturday Ricky led a guided demo run from retailer George Fisher in Keswick, providing runners with the opportunity to test the latest trail shoes and be on hand to offer advice prior to the event.

A huge thanks to the High Terrain event team especially Simon Banks and Louise Cardwell, who cycled all the way up to the remote location of Black Sail hostel with all the feed station supplies on the Saturday. This included carrying 400 pieces of flapjack, caramel shortbread, 200 9Bars, six 2 litre bottles of coke, 4 bottles of squash, 10 bags of bananas, 20 bags of jelly babies and 20 packets of peanuts….all transported in one trip involving a lot of hard pedalling and one stubborn mule!

Competitors clearly appreciated this effort, with lots of very positive feedback received after the event. The uniqueness of trail running is summed up nicely by Neil Mitchel (Skegness Coasters) who: "I never grew accustomed to or got complacent about the beauty of the surroundings, and nor did I ever for a second contemplate not reaching the finish… the race yesterday was just the final act. It's been the three months leading up to it; the miles run and the friendships made, the plans and the schemes for what we might do next. The endless possibilities. That's what makes it all worthwhile."
What could Joss have achieved if the ‘ultra running’ concept was around in his day….

Ennerdale Trail Runs - Sunday, October 20, 2013

Photos  © Sport Sunday Event Photography

Men's 50km results

1 Ricky Lightfoot Salomon Racing 03:24:45
2 Joel Jameson   04:11:57
3 Martin Mikkelsen-Barron Borrowdale 04:14:19


Women's 50km results

1 Katey Foster   05:10:12
2 Kerrie-Anne Bretherton Trawden AC 05:29:08
3 Cecily Shepherd   05:51:02


Men's 25km results

1 Chris Steele X-Bionic 01:39:50
2 Gareth Green Portobello RC 01:46:56
3 Glen Turner Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC 01:49:05


Women's 25km results

1 Lauren Woodwiss   02:18:56
2 Maria Silva Carlisle Sheepmounters 02:27:05
3 Siobhan Brewer (FV40) Keswick AC 02:31:42


Men's 10km results

1 Lee Amor 0:47:25
2 David Mcabe 0:50:24
3 Timothy Brogan 0:50:25


Women's 10km results

1 Suzanne Toppin(FV40) 0:58:51
2 Lindsay Walker 1:06:01
3 Catherine Benson 1:07:53


Click here for full results


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