Cape Wrath Ultra

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Day 3. Running Friends and Chasing the Leader

Press Release / 04.08.2021See All Event Posts Follow Event
Lisa and Sally cross the river before running to the finish line
Lisa and Sally cross the river before running to the finish line / © No Limits Photography

Day three of Cape Wrath Ultra 2021 saw the same top three finishers as day two with Ian Stewart in first place followed by Sally Fawcett and Lisa Watson in joint second place. The ladies were only nine minutes behind Ian, who finished the 42-mile route, with 2400m of ascent, in 9 hrs 41 mins.

While Ian, of Trail Running Scotland, still has a growing lead over Sally and Lisa, who are members of Dark Peak Fell Runners, he confessed he could feel them closing in on his heels. Ian sits at the top of the leader board with a total time of 20:12, with Sally in second place on 21.08 and Lisa on 21:13.

Ian said: “It was another awesome day and the weather was a bit kinder for us Highland folk. There was some rain at the start of the day.

“I liked the rocky and off-path terrain with plenty of proper hill running, as well as lots of ups and downs.”

For much of the day, the trio ran close to each other. Ian then broke away in the later stage.

Ian said: “The girls are strong on the flatter sections on the tracks and I was having to hang on. I prefer the hills and rugged terrain and I tended to be ahead on the ascents and then they would come back on the flatter sections. Overall, it was another enjoyable day.”

Sally and Lisa have run together on day two and three. Sally said: “I really enjoyed today with lots of great fell running style terrain. I like the tussocks and bogs and the off-path running.”

Lisa added: “The first ascent was horrible with the midges but then the descent from the high point was amazing.”

“Yes it was good coming downhill there,” said Sally.

Explaining their decision to run together, Lisa said: “We enjoy chatting all the way.”

Sally added: “We are the same pace so there is no point trying to break each other and push it too hard. We are pacing it well together and within each of our comfort zones, so it’s working well.”

Lisa added: “As soon as it stops working, we will try something else. We are enjoying it so far.”

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