Last weekend's Royal Parks Foundation Ultra marathon (Sunday 12 October) saw the course records for both men and women broken. GB 100K squad member Craig Holgate took inspiration from his chosen charity, Tommy's, to take 10 minutes off the previous mark. Craig completed the 50k course in 3 hours 16 minutes.
Police officer Jess Gray from Missenden in Buckinghamshire broke the women's record with an impressive run of 3 hours and 37 minutes.
Craig, 38, from Ely in Cambridgeshire ran the Ultra for the first time to raise money for Tommy’s, a charity close to his heart as both his daughters, Eloise and Georgia, were born prematurely. Now aged six and eight, he still fundraises for Tommy’s which fielded a team of 30 runners on Sunday.
Craig led home a field of 500 runners from 14 different countries attracted by the chance to follow a route that past the capital’s most iconic landmarks on roads, towpaths and trails, taking in Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as winding through five of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park, Bushy Park and Richmond Park.
Most of the 500 runners were representing 46 charities taking part in one of the UK’s biggest ultra races, which set off from London’s Hyde Park and finished in Bushy Park at Hampton Court. This year’s Ultra is expected to raise £100,000 for charity.
For more information about the Royal Parks Foundation Ultra Marathon go to the event website.