Shettleston Harriers' pair Jethro Lennox and Tom Owens are being tipped as favourites for this morning's (Saturday, April 28) Three Peaks Race in the Yorkshire Dales. The event, which is described as the 'Marathon with Mountains', has once again reached its maximum quota of 1,000 for what is its 58th staging.
Beginning at Horton-in Ribblesdale, near Settle, the race takes competitors over a 23-mile course with 5,270 feet of ascent, including the summits of Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough - Yorkshire's Three Peaks.
Lennox and Owens will be part of a highly competitive line-up that includes Andy Peace, of Bingley Harriers, who set the race record of 2hrs 46mins 3sec in 1996 and has won the event in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2004. Bingley's dominance was continued by Rob Jebb, who has finished top of the pile on four separate occasions. Great Britain international mountain runner Anna Lupton, of Radcliffe Athletic Club, who was the ladies' winner of the Three Peaks in 2009 and 2010, heads a strong women's field.
This year's Three Peaks event boasts competitors from as far afield as Australia, Finland and Malta. Experienced participants Dave Scott, of Clayton Harriers, and Bill Wade of Holmfirth Harriers, will be looking to complete the race for the 45th and 42nd time respectively.