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Ultra Running Returns With A Flurry Of UK Records

There's been a rush to catch up on lost time...

The fell running scene is back with a bang with no less than three ultra distance records broken within just seven days following the recent easing of travel and access restrictions.

First we had the news that ultra running veterinary surgeon, Sabrina Verjee, had completed the legendary round of the Lake District’s 214 Wainwrights, becoming the first ever woman to achieve the feat.

Sabrina on her Wainwrights attempt (left), John Kelly  running the Pennine Way (top right), and Kim on his Lakes 2000s challenge (bottom right). Picture of John and Kim by Steve Ashworth.

The experienced runner had set out to beat last year’s Wainwrights fastest known time, set by Irishman Paul Tierney and had been well on course to bettering his 6 days and 6 hours, until she became hampered by a sore knee, eventually making it to the finish at Keswick Moot Hall after 6 days, 17 hours and 51 minutes.

We should say that Sabrina has since stated she does not want to claim the record as, due to her knee, she had physical help from pacers getting off the hill towards the end. She’s targeting next year for another attempt.

Related: Watch Paul Tierney’s Wainwrights Run

A day later and in the same county, Kim Collison, a former Outward Bound instructor, broke a record that had stood for 23 years, climbing 78 of the Lake District’s 2000ft peaks in one single day to beat the previous record by 1 fell and with just 15 minutes to spare. Kim covered a whopping 145km and 11,750m of ascent along the way. 

News in just today (16th July) is that John Kelly, a 31-year-old American, has laid down the new fastest known time for the Pennine Way, completing the 268-mile route in just 2 days, 16 hours and 40 minutes. The previous record time of 2 days, 17 hours and 20 minutes, which was set by former ultra marathon runner, Mike Harley, had stood for over 30 years.

It’s certainly been a good week for La Sportiva, with all three runners achieving their records in the Italian brand’s footwear. Both Sabrina and Kim were wearing the La Sportiva Mutant and John was wearing the Jackal.

The La Sportiva Mutant is currently available at Webtogs for £97.79.

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