A runner who won a 100km ultramarathon despite taking a wrong turn and going even further has been stripped off his title. Tom Fairbrother finished the UK Race to the Stones event in eight hours, 35 minutes and 15 seconds - eight minutes ahead of his nearest rival. He approached the finish line from the wrong direction after taking a wrong turn 92km into the gruelling race - more than twice as long as an Olympic marathon - held earlier this month. "I came to a fork in the trail," Fairbrother, running in his first ultramarathon, wrote on his blog. "The small red arrow was pointing right so I headed down the chalk white trail. I followed that for around 2km when I then came out onto a road. I thought this was odd, but lots of the course had been on country roads so I wasn't immediately concerned. "However I couldn't see any red arrows, so I was either lost, or had taken a wrong turn. But I had followed the arrows and there were no obvious points where I missed a turning." … [Read more...] about Ultramarathon winner stripped of title for running too far
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A care worker from the borough is taking on an arduous dual marathon challenge to raise money for people with incurable illnesses. Michelle Brown -Crowther will take on two famous 26.2-mile events just a couple of weeks apart in aid of Wigan and Leigh Hospice (WLH) this autumn.The senior care assistant at Shawcross Care Home in Ashton will be on the start line for the Berlin Marathon on September 29 and will then take on the event in Chicago just a fortnight later on October 13.Michelle, from Golborne, is getting her running shoes on to help Hindley-based charity WLH provide palliative and end-of-life care for borough residents as well as supporting their families.Remarkably Michelle, who is hoping to raise £1,000 and complete the marathons in under five hours, is taking on the gruelling challenge less than a year after a long lay-off from running.She was inspired to support WLH as she is part of the Hospice in Your Care Home scheme which provides residential facilities including … [Read more...] about Wigan care worker braced for gruelling multi-marathon challenge
A ‘Naked Run’ is to be held at the Ecos Park on Thursday, July 25. But don’t panic! Runners will be fully clothed. To run ‘Naked’ means running without a watch or running app. Runners will predict their finish time before starting the run and the winner will be the person who gets closest to their predicted time. The 5km run is being organised by local man Jonny Graham.Jonny is taking part in the 2019 New York Marathon in support of cancer charity, Action Cancer. In doing so he has pledged to raise £3,300 which will go towards the charity’s range of cancer prevention, detection and support services. Jonny is doing all this in memory of his mother, Ann, who lost her battle to cancer 10 years ago this September.As part of his fundraising efforts Jonny has organised a ‘Naked Run’ for all running enthusiasts on the evening of July 25. Jonny said: “I think this idea will appeal to a lot of runners. As well as being a … [Read more...] about Get Set for a ‘Naked Run’ in Ballymena
PUBLISHED: 07:30 25 May 2019 Mark Langford Sarah Pennock running in her 100th marathon Picture: SUDBURY JOGGERS Archant Sarah Pennock is celebrating joining an elite club just five years after running her first marathon. Sarah Pennock celebrates completing her 100th marathon Picture: SUDBURY JOGGERSFor the Sudbury accountant has just completed her 100th marathon, a total of 2,620 miles - and she has no intention of stopping there.She said: "When I first started I remember thinking it would be nice if I could do it before I turned 40. I'm 40 next month so now I've done it - just!"I haven't thought about getting to 200 - certainly 150 isn't out of the question - but for the moment I just want to carry on enjoying it."Sarah completed her milestone marathon at Halstead, in Essex, where she was cheered on around the course by fellow members of Sudbury Joggers running club and where organisers laid on celebrations for when she crossed the finishing line, as … [Read more...] about Marathon star Sarah aims to keep on running!
The Great Manchester Run is almost upon us and though the weather is shifting after a gloriously sunny few days, nothing will dampen the spirits of those taking part as they come from far and wide. Known for being Europe's biggest 10km race, tens of thousands of runners are set to descend on the city ready to take on the course, which also includes the half marathon, junior and mini run. The event will take place on Sunday, May 19, with 30,000 competitors expected to take part and not forgetting the hundreds, maybe even thousands more offering their support to those taking on the challenge. And did you know there's going to be a Haçienda rave zone at the event this year? We can't think of a better way to get you hyped for a run. It's set to be a jam packed day so here's everything you need to know about the Great Manchester Run 2019: What route does the Great Manchester Run take? The 10k and half marathon have two different routes - with the half marathon an extra 6.9 miles. You … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about the Great Manchester Run 2019