Benvenuti al Trans Pennine Trail
Una costa nazionale itinerario coast per la ricreazione e il trasporto - per gli escursionisti, ciclisti e (in parti) cavalieri
Angus Robinson – Ultra Marathon
A metà agosto di quest'anno Wane Drinkwater ha organizzato la prima edizione della manifestazione Ultra Gran Bretagna. Si tratta di una costa a costa, 200 miglio, Marathon gara di corsa Ultra Trail utilizzando il Trans-Pennine. Wayne era il direttore evento che ha sviluppato il progetto dal suo concepimento fino alla conclusione di grande successo. Ha un sacco di esperienza nell'organizzazione di questo tipo di gara che presenta alcune sfide uniche.
A normal running competition will usually have a mass start with the runners quickly forming into a line such that the first and last to finish will have a time gap of a few minutes to an hour or so, dependant on the length of the race. In this case there were 200 places and the course started near Southport, finishing by the old railway station, on the Hornsea Sea front. The gap between the winner and the rear runners was measured in days. This makes for a huge logistical challenge where Wayne had to negotiate use of the course with various TPT “Landlords”, organise places for runners and their support teams to eat, rest and sleep plus the need to have all eventualities (such as weather etc.) coperto.
Attached below are typical comments made by competitors. It is worth mentioning that these athletes had recently completed the 200 mile race and could still find the enthusiasm to be so complementary.
Perhaps the star entrant was a 63 year old runner from Singapore who liked to be addressed as Stephan. Meeting him was a real treat; although exhausted after such a long run he was a delightful character with a generosity of spirit to hold a gentle conversation with the Town Mayor and all those who were complementing him on his achievement. Not only is Stephan an accomplished Ultra Marathon Runner (having completed in many international long distance races) but he has put his hobby to a useful effect by raising a huge amount of cash for a hospice.