Imagine if you can, you’re just coming to the end of a marathon, that feeling you get when it’s all over. Then try and imagine it again but this time when you’ve reached 26 miles you have to continue and do it again, then again! And if that isn’t enough finish it off with 2 laps of a Park Run. There you have it, 80 miles of sheer endurance, enough to see off the strongest and finest of any of us. Today Ian Storey and Gareth Harland set off to do just that, 80 miles in just 24 hours. This gruelling event is called the Hardwolds 80. This is run over the weekend starting at 8 am Saturday and cutting off at 8am on Sunday. The Hardwolds 80 route follows the Wolds Way from Hessle to Filey passing through chalk landscapes with dry valleys and stunning villages such as Brantingham, Londesborough, Thixendale and the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy, before arriving at the seaside resort of Filey. All the checkpoints were stocked with food and water, there were several indoor checkpoints that provided hot drinks and food. On finishing this event all competitors received a race medal and a finishers t-shirt. To give perspective see the following:
Checkpoint 1: Brantingham (nr Church) 10 miles CUT OFF 1030 (2.5hrs)
Checkpoint 2: Arras Wold (nr 1079) 20 miles
Checkpoint 3: Millington Village Hall 33 miles CUT OFF 1700 (9hrs)
Checkpoint 4: Thixendale Village Hall 44 miles
Checkpoint 5: Settrington Beacon 54 miles
Checkpoint 6: Ganton Village Hall 67 miles CUT OFF 0330 (19.30hrs)
Checkpoint 7: Flixton Wold 72 miles
Checkpoint 8: Filey Brigg 80 miles CUT OFF 0745 (23.45hrs)
Finish: Filey Seacadets 81 miles CUT OFF 0800 (24hrs)
Ian and Gareth were unfortunately timed out at the last 2 mile section but this does not take away any credit from the pair for their sheer tenacity and resolve to accomplish this extremely hard feat.
80 miles starting with a full day of rain and mud with 8000 feet of ascent including all night by head torch. In Ian’s words the most challenging thing he has ever done in his life. A big shout out to their support crew Jayne, Angie and Chris Stanhope. An amazing achievement well done!