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Wharfdale Off-road Marathon

01/06/2013

On Saturday June 1st, in sweltering conditions, Vicky Hart took part in the Wharfedale Off-road Marathon fell race in the Yorkshire Dales...

Despite having done no fell training in over 9 months and struggling with a knee problem, Vicky was determined to take part.

The race is normally a quite laid-back affair, but this year it was being used as the English team selection trials for the 2013 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships and as such it attracted a high calibre field. As a result, despite the hot conditions, new course records were set in both the mens' and ladies' races by winners Ricky Lightfoot and Jo Buckley.

Vicky successfully navigated her way around the route which begins in Threshfield and winds its way through some of Wharfedale’s finest scenery, taking in parts of the Dales Way, running alongside Malham Tarn and passing through the picture-postcard villages of Kettlewell, Hawkswick and Arncliff. With 2,675 feet of ascent the route is not for the faint hearted, but the spectacular scenery is a rich reward for the runners' efforts.

Unfortunately, Vicky’s knee was giving her a lot of discomfort and half way through the race she met a fellow runner who was also struggling. They encouraged each other through the final stages of the run, determined to make the most of the day even though they wouldn’t be as fast of they might have hoped. Vicky finished the race in a time of 4 hours 51 minutes.

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