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Ben and Sarah’s tough day out tackling the Pennine Barrier 50-mile ultra race.

*Pictured above - Ben and Sarah Hudson at the start of the ultra-marathon race.

Report by Don Hale

Ben and Sarah’s tough day out tackling the Pennine Barrier 50-mile ultra race...

Report by Don Hale.

North Wales Road Runners Ben and Sarah Hudson took to the hills last Saturday for a rather unusual day-out in the Yorkshire Dales, by competing in the extremely tough 50-mile Pennine Barrier ultra-marathon race, which attracted over 600-top runners.

Described by the organisers GB Ultras, as a fantastic event, despite including some 2,593m of ascent, and fusing together some of the finest trails in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this was most certainly a race for the most hardy and experienced athletes.Ben and Sarah put in a tremendous performance, and ran together throughout the day, with Ben eventually becoming the 276th male athlete from 460 finishers, and Sarah the 72nd female athlete from 141 finishers. 

The race started at the beautiful village of Malham with trails taking in Malham Cove, the Dry Valley of Watlowes, Malham Tarn, Fountains Fell, Janet’s Foss, and the wonderful Yorkshire 3 peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough.It followed a stunning, but highly challenging route, backed by excellent support from the GB Ultra’s team, to ensure all runners had a race to remember! 

*Some spectacular scenery along the route of the Pennine Barrier 50-mile race.

After the race, an exhausted but delighted Sarah confirmed: “That was epic! The Pennine Barrier 50-miler – although I ran 52.12 miles - after a minor navigational error (which involved running a mile downhill in the wrong direction, and then having to climb back up). 

"Thank you to all the amazing volunteers/organisers for being out all day and staying so positive in those conditions. You guys rock! I finished in 14 hrs and 54 minutes. 

“It was super-tough, and with some rather challenging weather conditions, so now we will have to go back, and do the mountains again, so that we can actually see what they look like! 

“I managed to stack it running down Whernside and have the cuts and bruises to show for it, but we survived and had the most amazing experience. “Tough terrain and conditions, but an amazing event! So pleased to finish under 15-hours, and before it went dark! Mountain ultras are brutal! Got lost/fell over/awful weather but we survived!”



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