After many months of planning (and numerous recce runs) Catharine Crossley set off to attempt the ‘Peak District Boundary’ challenge at 6.00am on Friday 26th August 2022. The Peak District Boundary is a defined route that tracks the boundary of the national park and is approximately 190 miles.
3 days, 11 hours & 42 minutes later Catharine arrived back at the start point having covered 198.2 miles (info from her GPS watch) which means that once verified this will be the new female FKT (Fastest Known Time) for this route – beating the previous record of 4d12h35 set in 2019 by over a day!
There were highs (lots) and lows (lots) and Catharine was supported all the way round by Marc Bradford (and his trusty camper van) at strategically located checkpoints – here food, foot maintenance, sleep were provided. Catharine was also supported almost all the way along the route (day and night) by lots of club members (too numerous to mention by name) and other running contacts. The current male record holder (Mike Jones) Joined Catharine for two sections as well.
The euphoria on the finish line was evident….and Catharine enjoyed a much needed cold cider to celebrate.
Well done to Catharine (and Marc) on this epic achievement – there will be a more detailed report and more pictures to follow after Catharine has had time to recover and reflect.
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