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Conway has 100 reasons to cheer in Lakeland epic
STAVELEY runner Terry Conway destroyed his own course record by two hours in the Lakeland 100, and being the first runner to be timed under 20 hours.
The 100-mile event, also known as the 'Ultra Tour of the Lake District' is the most spectacular long distance trail race in the UK.
The circular route encompasses the whole of the Lakeland fells, including in the region of 6,300 metres of ascent and consists almost entirely of public bridleways and footpaths.
The route starts in Coniston and heads south before completing a clockwise loop which takes in the Dunnerdale fells, Eskdale, Wasdale and Buttermere before arriving in Keswick. From here the route heads to Matterdale and continues over to Haweswater before returning via Kentmere, Ambleside and Elterwater to the finish at Coniston.
Conway, who runs for Ambleside AC, finished in 19.50.37, two hours and 20 minutes ahead of Paul Tierney and Barry Murray who incredibly finished in a dead heat for second despite continuously running for 22 hours, one minute and eight seconds.
Dallam runner Thomas Phillips finished 12th, while Dave Banks from Kendal clocked in 18th.
First female home was Rachel Hill of FRA, who crossed the line in 28.47.52, an hour ahead of Catherine Holloway from Chiltern Harriers AC.
In an unbelievable three-way dead heat for third, Nicky Taylor, Julie Gardner (both unattached), and Keswick AC runner Angela Armstrong shared bronze with a time of 30.30.06.
To complete a great day for the Conways, Terry’s wife Annie finished second among the women and sixth overall in the Lakeland 50, three and a half minutes behind women’s winner Tracy Dean.
Lizzie Wraith from Team Bath AC came home third.
Overall winner in the Lakeland 50 was athletesinaction.co.uk man Steve Angus in 8.30.51, while Grant MacDonald from Bellahouston Road Runners was just one minute ahead of third placed man Matty Brennan of Erewash Valley Running Club.