With the 63rd running of the 3 Peaks Fell Race staged last Saturday, nearly 900 runners were on the start line for this punishing race starting in Horton, taking in Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough with a total ascent of over 5278 feet and 23.3 miles of rough moorland, all the competitors will have been relieved that all their training will finally pay off. Not our Ben Clare, with just 2 clubs runs and a 13 miler this year Ben set off with the masses.
Climbing Pen-y-ghent in a mere 39:41, Ben had reached the 1st checkpoint (CP), heading on to High Birkwith (CP 2) and reaching Ribblehead (CP 3) in an astonshing 1:41:25 (total time), from here the race headed up Whernside (CP 4) 2:51:06, then onto the Hill Inn (CP 5) and up to the summit of Ingleborough (CP 6) in an astonishing 46:34, arriving back in Horton for the finish in an incredible Total time of 4:23:03. By his own admission whilst sinking a few beers on Sunday, Ben freely admitted that perhaps a bit more training may have helped and after realising that last years time was out of reach decided to ditch the watch and relax.
Well done Ben, excellent performance and goes to show what a legend you are.