9 Jun

Fell Runners Go Xtreme

The PeaksTwo of the greatest all-time fell runners, Nicky Spinks and Yiannis Tridimas, have confirmed they will compete in the Clif Bar 10 Peaks Xtreme on 28 June. The event, which has a 30 hour cut off, takes in over 7600m of ascent and is said to be the UK’s toughest 100km race.

10 Peaks is now in its fifth year and has previously consisted of a 73km course taking in the 10 highest Lakeland peaks and a ‘short’ course of 48km, both of which have 24 hours cut offs.

The Xtreme challenge is the newest addition to the event and has attracted the attention of two of the most respected figures in fell running. Nicky Spinks’ accolades include records for the Bob Graham Round, the Paddy Buckley Round, the Charlie Ramsay Round as well as the Lakes 24 hour record when she completed 64 peaks in 23.15.

Tridimas, meanwhile, is the only man to have run 60 Lakeland peaks in under 24 hours at the age of 60 and is only one of a select number of runners to have completed the Bob Graham, Ramsay and Paddy Buckley Round.

On the creation of the 100k course, race director Paul Smith commented: “I wanted to create an even tougher challenge for those wishing to take things to the next level. I looked at ways of extending the long course and ended with a 100km circular route with around 7600m of ascent.

Paul added: “The stats speak for themselves but combined with the tough terrain, we believe that the Xtreme course stands as one of the hardest 100km races in the world.”

More information on the events is available here.