Please spare a thought for Stephen.
A huge thank you to Stephen who will be running 200 miles in order to raise funds for Ravenscliffe@SpringHall!
The event is the Hardmoors 200 Ultra marathon which starts in Kingston upon Hull and heads alongside the River Humber following the Transpennine Trail to reach the start of the beautiful Wolds Way National Trail close to the Humber Bridge at Hessle. The route will then follow the Yorkshire Wolds Way for 79 miles along wooded slopes, over hills and through valleys, eventually descending from the northern escarpment to the final section of the Wolds Way finishing on the dramatic headland of Filey Brigg and the start of the stunning Cleveland Way National Trail. The race route then follows the stunning Cleveland Heritage coastline visiting the seaside resort of Scarborough, the old smuggling town of Robin Hoods Bay, Dracula’s Whitby, Staithes, Runswick Bay and Saltburn, before passing through the beautiful Cleveland Hills and the North Yorkshire Moors finally reaching the race finish in the market town of Helmsley.
I have previously run other Hardmoors events, but this a one off special race to mark the 10th year of the Hardmoors series and potentially a challenge I won’t have the opportunity of racing again. So, how could I resist! Competitors have 60 hours to complete the 200 mile run route, which incorporates 8000 metres of ascent and can be likened to climbing Scalfell Pike eight times. To put the challenge into perspective, the race director believes the number of finishers will be in single numbers, due to the challenging cut-off times placed along the route, which means pushing to get to certain checkpoints, for example the first 88 miles will need to be completed in 24hours to avoid being timed out. I can’t wait…..
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