As the Challenger South comes to a close, we have many stories evolving up and down the Pennine Way. But what a close it was – with just 22 minutes to spare, Mark Radford triumphantly crossed the finish line to make the cut off at 20:00.
With a time limit of 60 hours, Mark at one point was looking like he would miss the time by 45 minutes. But he found reserves within himself that he never knew he had. Mark had just 3 hours sleep for the duration of his race. We salute you Mark. An outstanding display of grit and determination to get you to the finish.
That concludes our coverage of the Challenger South.
With the Montane Summer Spine Challenger South closed, we’re down to 2 races, and our next winners will be in the Montane Summer Challenger North. Those runners are spread from Dufton to Bellingham. While they are all well positioned to beat the cut-offs currently, there’s a long way to go.
Jovica Spajic and Tom Hill continue to lead that race and have formed a solid partnership. At Bellingham, they had enough lead to take a little time to refuel and reset. They’re planning a steady pace over the Cheviots on what looks like being a clear, cold night on the tops. It’s a sensible approach and Jovica hopes this will get him that finisher’s medal that eluded him in January.
Whether the duo will aim to finish together or split up in the hills remains to be seen…