Lakes Sky Ultra 2019

Andy Bryce and Sophie Grant gave two dominant performances on the newly revised Lakes Sky Ultra 2019, the second race in the 2019 Skyrunning Uk & Ireland National Series.

Sophie Grant Lakes Sky Ultra 2019

Sophie Amy Grant, 2019 Lakes Sky Ultra

Starting and concluding in Patterdale, the duo covered the 60km route with over 5000m of vertical gain in 8:46:18 and 10:27:07.

Andy Bryce Lakes Sky Ultra 2019

Andy Bryce, 2019 Lakes Sky Ultra

The route encompasses the best of the north eastern Lakes with a circular route that takes in Lakeland highlights that included Place Fell, Beda Fell, High Street, Thornthwaite Crag, Stoney Cove Pike, St Raven’s Edge, Red Screes, Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, Dollywagon Pike, Nethermost Pike, Helvellyn with some of the most remote valleys in the area dropped in for good measure.

Lakes Sky Ultra 2019

Starting at 0600 under cloudy skies, the heat and humidity of the day was masked, but it soon became apparent that it was going to be essential for all runners to keep on top of their hydration.

Andy Berry dictated the early pace up to place fell but all the main contenders were in close proximity and it was only when runners crossed Kirkstone Pass and started the climb of Red Screes that the main protagonists became apparent.

It was here that Andy Bryce showed that he was on a good day opening up a gap on the chasers of Philip Rutter, Andy Berry, Liam Mills, Marco Costelo and Simon Darmody.

Lakes Sky Ultra 2019

2019 Lakes Sky Ultra

For the women, Sophie Grant was already opening a huge gap over Kasia Osipowicz and make a dent on the overall top-10. Hannah Walsh running in 3rd was a long way back pacing herself for the tough challenges ahead.

Lakes Sky Ultra 2019

2019 Lakes Sky Ultra

Lakes Sky Ultra 2019

2019 Lakes Sky Ultra

Ambleside provided a major checkpoint for the long climb up to Fairfield, the decent to Grizedale Tarn and then the climb to Helvellyn and the technical descent down Swirral Edge.

Lakes Sky Ultra 2019

2019 Lakes Sky Ultra

The front of the race looked set with Bryce looking strong, but Rutter was moving quicker and one wondered would the final tough 20% of the race bring a change at the front? At the line, no! Bryce held on for victory beating Rutter 8:46:18 to 8:49:05. Berry ran a solid and consistent day having lead from the front with a 3rd place in 8:57:03.

Sophie Grant was head and shoulders above the competition and crossed the line for the women in 10:27:07 and placed 8th overall. Kasia Osipowicz placed 2nd in 11:06:40 and also made the top-20 overall. Third placed woman was Hannah Walsh in 13:43:55.

Lakes Sky Ultra 2019

2019 Lakes Sky Ultra

Top 5 men

1st Andy Bryce Royal Marines Runnin 08:46:18

2nd Philip Rutter 08:49:05

3rd Andy Berry Durham Fell Runners 08:57:03

4th Liam Mills 09:39:56

5th Marco Castelo 10:05:07

Top 5 women

1st Sophie Grant Beta Running 10:27:07

2nd Kasia Osipowicz Glossopdale Harriers 11:06:40

3rd Hannah Walsh 13:43:55

4th Aileen O'Neill 13:51:50

5th Nicola Sommers 14:17:38

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