A brave contingent of Calder Valley endurance fanatics deserved huge respect for their herculean achievements at last weekend’s Lakeland 100. This relatively new event is a spectacular long distance race, encompassing the whole of the lakeland fells, including 20,000 feet of ascent. The route starts in Coniston taking in the Dunnerdale fells, Eskdale, Wasdale and Buttermere before arriving in Keswick. From here the route heads to Matterdale and continues over to Haweswater before returning via Kentmere, Ambleside and Elterwater to the finish at Coniston.
The Lakeland 100 is an epic undertaking at any time, but given the sweltering heat competitors were dropping like flies having run through night with no sleep, and only the prospect of 100 miles of endless climbs and descents to look forward to. Not surprisingly, less than half of the original 274 entry eventually completed the race.
Calder Valley’s hero’s were Kevin Hoult, Martin Huddleston, who completed the 100 miles in 28 hours and 20 min, in 27th and 28th place.Simon Fisher retired after fantastic attempt having covered 65 miles in 26 hours.