27-29 July 2018
105 miles (169 km); 22,493 feet (6,856 m) of ascent
The route starts and finishes at Coniston with a circular tour of the Lake District taking in Seathwaite, Eskdale, Wasdale Head, Black Sail Pass, Buttermere, Braithwaite, Blencathra Field Centre, Dockray, Dalemain, Howtown, Haweswater Reservoir, Kentmere, Ambleside, Chapel Stile and Coniston Fells. The route consists mainly of paths and trails.
With the heat wave building to a climax over the summer with each weekend seemingly hotter than the one before the event was anticipated to be challenging. Indeed, throughout the week the newspapers had been predicting Furnace Friday. The race started on the Friday at 6 pm on dry dusty trails that had not seen water for quite some time and coping with the heat was a challenge right from the start. Within the first few hours a number of competitors had retired due to heat exhaustion and hyperthermia. During the night the temperatures mercifully dropped and rain showers kindly staved off further problems with the heat.
On the Saturday morning drizzle turned to heavy showers and then torrential rain and some runners were now beginning to suffer with hypothermia! By mid-day the sun had returned but this was not to last and the conditions fluctuated between dry, light rain and heavier rain coupled with winds that got stronger and stronger as the day wore on. Some runners even reported being blown off their feet by gusts and those that managed to stay on the ground had to battle forward against the oncoming wind. Faster runners made it to the finish line before the second night while others finished either during the night or before the cut-off at 10 am on the Sunday. The rain then continued consistently until late afternoon.
Finishers: 215 (210 within 40 hours)
First Man: Ken Sutor; MV40; 22:55:50
First Lady: 2nd overall; Sabrina Verjee; Team Sabs; F; 23:05:47
David Harrison: 37th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; MV50; 28:39:13
Steven Jones: 168th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; MV50; 38:04:19
The finishing rate was 51.3% (50.1% for a finish within 40 hours).
Lakeland 50 results:
Finishers: 756 (all within 24 hours and none over the limit)
First Man: Oliver Thorogood; M; 7:36:11
First Lady: 5th overall; Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn; Salomon / Mountain Fuel; F; 8:12:19
For the Lakeland 50 the finishing rate was 91.5%.
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