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Coast to Coast Endeavour ...

11th May April, 2024.

Lucy Sillars was very pleased to join the Hardmoors club, completing her first half marathon and very excited to have done so.

To Fran Jeffery, this sort of distance is becoming a walk in the park - she recently undertook a Coast to Coast event, among 105 at the start line on a day which saw the conditions of Storm Kathryn continue virtually to the end.

The race starts at St Bees in Cumbria, and runners were met with miles of mud and bog, steep hills,very strong winds and torrential rain through the Lake District section.

The weather was so bad an alternative route through Kidsty Pike came into force. The rain continued on and off for the rest of the journey though the wind did subside.

Sleeping and rest opportunities were taken at Kirkby Stephen, Richmond and Lordstones as well as several "wild naps" along the way.

The long section from Lordstones was covered in the dark with runners struggling to stay awake and warm on such a cold night.

The final morning dawned bright and warm for the finish along the muddy cliff tops into Robin Hoods Bay, with Fran being one of just 69 finishers in a time of 99 hours and 19 minutes.

Many congratulations to Fran for completing the course, an endurance test at the best of times but requiring real determination in such difficult conditions.

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers.

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