Our Lady Vets take on the MS10in10 Ultra…

On the 10th Anniversary of what should have been the main 10in10 event here in Keswick, 10 Keswick Athletic Club Lady vets ran the Ultra 10 in10 in a relay, each runner donating a minimum of £10 to MS.

On Saturday 18th July 2020, the weather was mixed, starting out cloudy, soggy and overcast and gradually moving into sunshine and clear skies. They finished the Ultra 10in10 in the impressive time of 10 hours 46 seconds.

The Team was made up of 5 pairs … Leg 1 was from Swinside to Buttermere with Nicky Butler and Annabel Homes, Leg 2 was Buttermere to Honister with Jo Gillyon and Cat Evans, Leg 3 was Honister to Rosthwaite with Julie Carter and Lyn Thompson, Leg 4 was Rosthwaite to Newlands Hause with Trudy Beetham and Rachel Mellor, and Leg 5 was the road section from Newlands Hause back to the Swinside with Sam Ayers and Dilys Riley.


The transitions were very smooth,  Annabel said it was ‘very claggy and wet’, Jo and Cat described their leg as ‘Navtastic’, whilst Trudy said ‘thanks for all the support and that this fell running malarkey was a bit of a shock after all the time off’. Cafe stops and picnics were also mentioned (wishful thinking) … a grand day out was had by all!

The Keswick AC Ladies Vets team are a bit of a powerhouse having taken on the Abraham’s Tea Round in 2019 and still holding the record of 6 hours 32 minutes.

The Ultra 10in10 is a 39 mile classic fell running challenge over 25 peaks with 17,000 feet of ascent. This amazing fell running challenge was created in 2015 by Duncan Booth’s brother and top fellrunner, Simon Booth. It weaves together the three 10in10 walking challenge routes to take runners on a circuit from the Swinside Inn up Causey Pike, over Sail, Crag Hill, Wandope and Whiteless Pike, before descending into Buttermere. There he headed up Dodd, Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag, Seat, Haystacks (the relay team here descended to Honister for a changeover), Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Green Gable, Seathwaite Fell, Allen Crags, Glaramara and Thorneythwaite Fell before a descent into Rosthwaite. Next was a climb up to Castle Crag, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head, Hindscarth, Robinson, High Snockrigg and down to Newlands Hause, before arriving back at the Swinside Inn. More details HERE https://www.10in10.org.uk/events/no-cure-always-hope-ultra-run/