21 May

Female Runner Top At 10 In 10

Sally Ford Brathay 10 in 10

For the first time in the event's history, a female competitor has finished first in the gruelling Brathay 10 in 10. Sally Ford, from Kirkby Lonsdale, battled through shin splints and an ankle injury to finish the final event - Brathay Windermere marathon - in 3:38:02, giving her a total aggregate time of 36:35:41.

Regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges, the Brathay 10 in 10 involves tackling 10 marathons in consecutive days, with yesterday's Windermere marathon the final event. In addition to finishing first overall, Ford chopped a staggering 2 hours and 37 minutes off the previous women's record.

The fact a female has never won the event was certainly a point of contest, as Ford attests: "There's been a bit of banter through the week and the lads keep saying they've been 'chicked'. But it's all been in good humour and the fact that I've posted the best time does give me a sense of pride."

Of the 18 who started the unique race, each runner successfully managed to complete the 10 marathons. This represents an upturn in last year's figures, in which 13 competitors prevailed. Brathay Windermere marathon itself saw 800 runners tackle one circuit of Windermere, England's largest lake, with Mike Jeffries taking first place in 2:45:30.

More information on Sally Ford's victory is available at the Brathay 10 in 10 website, whilst results of the Brathay Windermere Marathon are available at northernrunningguide.com