New Woman’s 23 before Tea record

Emma Stuart, who’s a vet from Penrith, has gone into second place on the 23 before Tea leaderboard. Her time of 7 hours 3 minutes makes her the fastest woman to complete the challenge.

Emma says: “I absolutely loved every minute of it as it’s a fantastic route, even if I had to battle gale-force winds, endless bog and impassable bracken on several occasions. Straight-lining some sections of this route is NOT advisable in the summer!”

The previous women’s record holder was Anna Llewellyn who ran 7 hrs 14 mins on June 23. The overall record remains Gavin Dale with Mark Darbyshire and Dan Weller, 6 hours 42 mins, achieved back in March.

Emma reckons there is still some time and distance to be shaved off the route, still including 23 Wainwright tops, “but I think I’ll wait until the winter when that bracken has died! It was an awesome day out and highly recommended as a lovely Lakeland challenge.”

In May Emma was the winner of the 100-mile Ultra Tour of Snowdonia women’s race in 28:33:28. Coincidentally, the winner of the men’s race was another of our 23 before Tea runners, Josh Wade.

Her summits in order were:
Silver How
Blea Rigg
Pavey Ark
Harrison Stickle
Loft Crag
Pike O Stickle
Thunacar Knott
High Raise
Sergeant Man
Tarn Crag
Calf Crag
Gibson Knott
Helm Crag
Nab Scar
Heron Pike
Stone Arthur
Great Rigg
Hart Crag
Dove Crag
High Pike
Low Pike