ATHLETICS: Sleaford club’s Sarah and Shaun conquer The Wall

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Sleaford Town Runners Sarah Whatton and Shaun Louth travelled up to Carlisle to conquer The Wall ultra-marathon.

It was a real test of stamina over 69 miles of Hadrian’s Wall. For almost 2,000 years, the vast Roman construction has stretched across the wild beauty of northern England, and Hadrian’s Wall is now part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is bound evocatively together by the stunning countryside of Cumbria and Northumberland, rising from the lowlands of the west into the rugged hill country of Northumberland National Park, before descending gently to the banks of the River Tyne.

The run took the Sleaford pair from Carlisle Castle to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge over a mixed-terrain route that incorporates both on and off-road sections, to be conquered within a 24 hours time limit.

Sarah smashed last year’s time by nearly four hours in 18hr 20min 44sec, whilst Shaun recorded 23:17:29.

Meanwhile, STR duo Mike Folland and Mark Ellis tackled the Three Lakes Classic 15 at Rother Valley Country Park, Killamarsh, Sheffield.

Recent heavy rain made it a true classic with the narrow, very muddy paths steep up and down hill in the big woods offering numerous skating and falling over opportunities. How Mark and his guide Keith managed to survive, only they can know.

Mike finished in 3:00:06 and Mark Ellis recorded 3:12:22.

Clubmates Tracy Parr and Alistair Whitaker took on the Humber Bridge Half Marathon at Hull.

Both had run the race before so knew about ‘Cardiac Hill’ and the long drag back over the Humber Bridge. After a week of unsettled weather, the weather was thankfully dry, a bit humid in parts but reasonable for a late June race

Tracy finished with a time of 2:02:33 and Alistair crossed the finish line in 2:03:36.

Helen Barker represented Sleaford Town Runners at the Boston to Skegness Seabank Marathon.

Although labelled as a marathon, the event is closer to 30 miles but always has a great turnout.