Report from Richard Clarke:
Had a great day out on 21 June running The Wall ultra-marathon. 69 miles along the route of Hadrian’s Wall from Carlisle Castle to the Millennium footbridge over the Tyne in Newcastle/Gateshead. Blessed with fine sunny weather in the morning and blissfully cooler, cloudier weather in the afternoon. Liked that the route was fully waymarked with very clear signage with ‘pit-stops’ supplying food and drink at approximately 15 mile intervals.
Route mostly on road and track with little climbing. Great to have support of marshals, spectators and public along the way.
Struggled to restart after break at halfway point – with stiff legs and a scramble up a grassy hillside, but climb loosened my limbs and was able to settle back into a rhythm. Met up with fellow runner from Guiseley shortly after and ran remainder of race together.
Started race at 7 am and finished at dusk, in a time of 14:27 (they take off your ‘rest-time’ at the half-way point). Loved the event and would do again. Very well organised.