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July 2017

31/07/2017
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SALLY FAWCETT’S BOB GRAHAM ROUND

Team Montane athlete Sally Fawcett has recently fulfilled one of her long-term running goals – completing the classic Lake District Bob Graham round. In a nutshell, this is 66 miles, 42 Lakeland peaks, 27,000 ft of ascent. Man pitting himself against mountains is by no means a new idea. The Bob Graham round is named after the man himself, who set the record for the most fells scaled (42) in a 24 hour period in June 1932. However, the first recorded long distance ’round’ took place in 1864, heralding a long and rich... Read More

28/07/2017
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THE ICONIC MONTANE LAKELAND 100 & 50 TURNS 10

The legendary Montane Lakeland 100 & 50 ultra distance races celebrate their 10th birthday this year. It might be hard to believe, but the inaugural Montane Lakeland 100 & 50 ultra distance trail races (ML100 & 50) first took place 10 years ago. The very first line up consisted of 72 intrepid racers ready to set out. In a testament to the strength of the event, its notoriety and the all-encompassing sense of achievement, 10 years later, race organisers (Epic Events) see places sell out in a matter of minutes... Read More

24/07/2017

The story of the ML100/50 race anthem

Completing the gruelling 105 miles of the Montane Lakeland 100 within the 40 hours time limit requires runners to travel through at least one full night, often 2. Hallucinations are common amongst competitors and in 2012 one runner was convinced that he had passed opera singer Paul Potts (Britain’s Got Talent TV Show winner), who was humming the famous Nessun Dorma, from Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot, the time. The relevance of this story is that Nessun Dorma translates as ‘none shall sleep’ which seemed appropriate given the circumstances of the runners.... Read More