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:
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