Manx Mountain Marathon and Half
On 22nd March 2008 Phil Walters took on the Manx Mountain Marathon. This was no ordinary marathon, but in fact a fell marathon. A category AL race, comprising of 31.5 miles and 8000 feet of climb.
The route, which started at Ramsey youth hostel, then ascended the central range of mountain peaks extending from North Barrule to Bradda and finished at Port Erin youth hostel.
The race is one of athletics ultimate challenges covering 31.5 miles of difficult, rugged terrain as it visits 11 of the Isle of Mans major peaks. The initial aim of the race’s founder back in 1966 was to complete the distance in less than 10 hours.
Phil finished 51st overall and 23rd in his age category, completing the grueling course in 6:56:37.
Pete Sturgess tackled the Half Manx Mountain Marathon, which as you would expect was no ordinary half marathon and involved 2800 feet of climb. He completed the course in 3:01:10 finishing 34th overall and 10th in his age category. A fantastic result given that Pete has done very little training this year. To put the route into perspective, Lloyd Taggart who is a Fell Running Olympian at present, broke the course record in 1:39:43. This gives great credibility to Pete's performance.
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