Lakeland 50 Ultra Tour – 28th July 2017
Dave Turnbull took on his first ultra on Saturday 28th July, at the age of 68. Described as the greatest ultra-running and walking event in Europe or even in the world, the Lakeland 50 ultra tour of the Lake District covers almost double the distance of a marathon.
Not only having to cover the distance but also navigate around the course adds to the demands on a gruelling event which is reported to have a high drop-out rate. Starting on Saturday morning at the northern point of Ullswater the challenging off road route took Dave away from the normal beaten tracks around the beautiful and picturesque lakes and along the banks of Hawswater and amongst others through Ambleside and Langdale.
After a final climb, which in total for the route was around 3100m of ascent, he finally dropped into Coniston for the finish. The event has a cut off of 24 hours which Dave managed with ease completing it in 17:03:54.
Ride London-Surrey – 30th July 2017
Starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London early on a rather chilly morning for July Graham Lane set about completing the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 challenge.
Aiming to be the largest charity cycling event and with over 30,000 cyclist taking part on closed roads which travel along many of the routes used for the Olympic road race and time-trial including the biggest climb at Leith Hill and the world famous Box Hill.
After taking in the scenic route and some rather fast paced tourism through the city streets Graham headed towards Buckingham Palace along the Mall and crossed the finish line in a time of 6:29:29.
Kerry Taylor took on her first ever Sportiv that day completing the shorter distance of 46 miles in 2:35:16.
David Turbull takes on the Lakeland 50 Ultra Tour - his first ultra.
Graham Lane at Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 challenge
Other reports may be found on our recent race reports page.