Last weekend, a record breaking number of runners completed what is billed as the largest ultra-marathon in the UK, The Wall. The event, organised by Rat Race Adventure Sports, saw 843 successfully traverse 69 miles of Hadrian’s Wall country between Carlisle Castle and Newcastle Gateshead Quayside.
The run started at 1000 year-old Carlisle Castle where runners burst over the drawbridge to commence their adventure. The way-marked route then linked a number of pit stops evenly spaced throughout, all located in fascinating and glorious places, such as Lanercost Priory and Hexham.
Following a marked-out course along the north of England, some participants completed the challenge as one single 69 mile stage, while others enjoyed a well needed break at halfway in the overnight location at Vindolanda, situated next to 2000 year-old remains of a Roman fort.
Launched in 2012, The Wall has been widely praised for both the quality of its delivery and its completion rate: 90% of the field completed the route this year. The event was won by Andrew Richardson from Boston, Lincolnshire who completed the race in just 10 hours, 23 mnutes.
The run has been created by Rat Race, the leading adventure sports company. Jim Mee, Rat Race MD and creator of The Wall said of the event: “This years The Wall event was our biggest ever and I’m so pleased to see more and more runners pushing themselves to ever longer distances”.
Jim added: “Everyone knows Hadrian’s Wall and it provided a superb backdrop for us to create a running route that is at-once beautiful, do-able and memorable. Plus who doesn’t love a beer tent halfway through something like this?”
Entries for The Wall 2015 open on 30 June, costing £165 per person for solo entry into the 1-day event. More information is available here.