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SarahCrunning - 23/01/2019 20:36:59
   
Viking Way Ultra Winter Edition
On Saturday morning, 60 runners will set off from the Humber Bridge with the aim of running the Viking Way all the way to its finish near Rutland Water. That's 237km/147 miles non-stop. The trail is not super-hilly, but don't be deceived - it isn't flat and it is likely to be extremely muddy. There are also tight cut-offs with an overall time-limit of 40 hours.

This race isn't designed for the in-experienced - GPS devices are banned, as are poles and pacers. The Viking Way is waymarked, but runners will need some map-reading abilities and be confident about finding their way during the long, cold winter nights. Checkpoints are 15-20 miles apart, so some experience of being self-sufficient is essential.

The route winds through the historic countryside of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The finish rate is around 20%, so finishing is a huge achievement. Good luck to this year's runners!
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SarahCrunning - 26/01/2019 18:27:02
   
RE:Viking Way Ultra Winter Edition
It's very wet out there, and looking like there's a tough night ahead. After nearly 11.5 hours. James Macnamee is in the lead, followed by Anthony Gerundini and then Guillaume Arthus. Bev Clifford is the only female through CP3. Lucie Barnes was second to CP2, followed by Lina Johnson.
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SarahCrunning - 26/01/2019 22:46:52
   
RE:Viking Way Ultra Winter Edition
It looks like all three female runners have retired, as well as 7 male runners. This race takes no prisoners, and it's tough out there. James Macnamee remains in the lead. Guillame Arthus has overtaken Anthony Gerundini and is in second place.
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SarahCrunning - 27/01/2019 19:24:13
   
RE:Viking Way Ultra Winter Edition
The wind has certainly made things 'interesting'. There have been a lot of retirements, including Anthony Gerundini who had been in second place. However, the podium is now full:

1. James Macnamee - 33:56
2. Guillaume Arthus - 35:46
3. Robert Dale - 35:55

Four runners remain on the course - Carl Howells, Karl Doy, Riccardo Giussani and Alan Cormack. All others have retired.
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SarahCrunning - 27/01/2019 22:42:06
   
RE:Viking Way Ultra Winter Edition
Carl Howells, Karl Doy and Riccardo Giussani have all finished at around 39 hours. Alan Cormack was unfortunately timed out. That's 6 finishers this year. Such a tough event!
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