This Saturday (12th May) I’ll be taking part in one of my favorite races. The Northern Traverse Starts at 9:00 a.m. in St Bees on the West coast of England. We have to make our way along Wainwright’s coast to coast route non-stop finishing in Robin Hood’s Bay on the East Coast.
The route traverses 3 significant upland areas. These are the Lake district, The Northern Pennines, and the North York Moors. This is a spectacular route. I particularly love the Lake district, which in my opinion is one of the most beautiful parts of the world. This year I’m hoping that the weather will allow me to see more of the areas I’m less familiar with.
The first edition of this race was 2 years ago. I ran a good race to win in a time of just under 52 hours. That happened to be the longest I ever went without sleep, which was a bit of an accident! The weather turned quite stormy on the North York Moors, and as a result I wasn’t able to grab a sleep when I most needed it.
This year I’m back to try to defend my title, and hopefully not get quite so sleep deprived. Another great thing about this race is that the organisers are also the main race tracking company in the UK. So of course full tracking will be available for the race here. Being the sole Irish entrant my flag is easy to pick out there!