Report from Sarah Fuller:
I’m pleased to report that I completed the Lakeland 50 this weekend, my first ultra.
I lined up at Dalemain on Saturday at midday amongst 500 or so other competitors with some trepidation of the 50 miles and 10,000′ of climbing ahead.
We headed out round Dalemain (most people seemed to think they were doing a 10k the speed they set off!) before turning south to Pooley Bridge, Howton, High Kop, Haweswater and Mardale Head.
The rain and wind made the climb over Gatesgarth pretty unpleasant but forward progress down Longsleddle and into Kentmere, the half way point.
Another big climb over Garburn and then a long slog into Ambleside for 35 miles. I ran strongly to this point and was at Ambleside well inside 9 hours, dead chuffed.
Still going well as we climbed Loughrigg and then headed up Langdale to the 40 mile point at Chapel Stile (a strange oasis providing hot stew, comfy sofas and a fire – don’t sit in the sofa you will never leave…!) but now in darkness progress slowed considerably and the terrain deteriorated as well and time just fell away.
We buddied up in the dark and spent a long time coaxing a knackered runner through to the last checkpoint at Tilberthwaite – just couldn’t leave her in that state!
My wheels fell off then big-time as we tackled the last three miles and 1,000′ climb from Tilberthwaite.
My knee went on the descent and it was me who needed slow patient coaching and cajoling down into the coppermines valley! At last Tarmac (bet you thought I’d never say that!) and the final run (well pathetic hobble) in to Coniston. I finished in 15 hrs 12 mins and 278th position (482 started).
The winner did it 8 and a half hours – amazing. Impeccable organisation and some amazing support out on the course from checkpoint volunteers. So anyone for the hundred next year?!
More details on Sarah’s justgiving page.