MONTANE LAKELAND 100 & 50 2018

The 11th Montane Lakeland 100 & 50 ultra’s once again proved itself to be the UK’s most exciting and dynamic race of its kind, with thrills, spills and drama in abundance.

Montane Lakeland 50 and 100 2018 report

Over the years, the Montane Lakeland 100 & 50 has become the primary ultra-distance race in the country, leading the way in providing a race experience tougher and unlike any other.

The 11th iteration of the annual race delivered quite literally in deluges.  Often in events of this kind the weather is as big a factor as the terrain and distance, though this year it seemed to develop a character and personality all of its own.  Both races commenced in the blistering sunshine we have come to expect this summer, however just as competitors were hitting their stride they were harassed by a schizophrenic programme of tropical deluges.  Kit management became the name of the game, and layering tactics were constantly at the forefront of the athletes’ minds.

Drama was not confined to meteorology, however.  The 100 mile race experienced a DNF ratio of over 50%.  It also came tantalisingly close to making history with its first ever female outright winner in the form of Sabrina Verjee (453), who lead for the lions share of the race only to be piqued to the post after the last checkpoint by Ken Sutor.  Nonetheless, Verjee significantly closed the continually shrinking performance gap between the sexes.  A factor oft overlooked in ultra-endurance running is that this gap is negligible at the highest level – a boast few other sports can make.

In the 50, a dominating performance from Oliver Thorogood (1268), who lead from the second checkpoint at Mardale resulted in victory, finishing 30 minutes ahead of second place Cees van Der land (1293).  The sudden influx of rainwater on overly parched ground made the going difficult for many, whilst those able to manage the technical aspects of the course were rewarded with improved finishing places.

Sabrina and ken at the 2018 Montane Lakeland 100

RESULTS:

100

POSITION       No.               Name                               Team                            Time            Category

1st                      404       Ken Sutor                                                                  22:55:50           MV40
2nd                    453       Sabrina Verjee              Team Sabs                         23:05:47              F
3rd                     211        Kevin Hoult                   Calder Valley FR             23:30:01           MV40

50

POSITION        No.              Name                                  Team                         Time          Category

1st                       1268      Oliver Thorogood                                                   07:36:11              M
2nd                     1293      Cees van Der Land     Tyne Bridge Harriers    08:02:00              M
3rd                      973        Adam Lloyd                  Keswick AC                      03:03:32             M

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