3 Jun

24 Hour Runners Beat The Clock In Preston

Sharon Gayter

A small but select field gathered In Preston at the Foxton track at the local university on Saturday 23 May for the first running of the Foxton 24 (midday start).  24 hours later Nicholas Turner had recorded 110.96 miles on his debut to claim victory with Ben Whittenberg maintaining a steady pace throughout to also pass the 100 mile mark (104:5 miles).

Sharon Gayter (pictured) was in excellent form, running 50k in 5:25:39 and 100k in 12:51:31 which represented unofficial 50/55 Ladies British best performances. Sharon continued to be first lady with 82.77 miles. Helen James came in second, and Jane Mowbray on her debut in third with 65.37 miles.

Organisers worked hard to make the event a success and, despite poor weather, the courage and determination of the participants produced drama and excitement throughout the 24 hours.

Post-race organiser Stan Jewell said: "Highlights of the Foxton 24 were a first class arena, superb race village and new support team. We are anticipating a higher number of entries with higher mileages in years to come, but it's a solid start and it's good to be back serving ultra distance running in the UK.

Full results available at runABC North website.