Ultra Great Britain 2017 Results

By Alice Morrison

The Ultra Great Britain is a stonker: 200 miles following the Trans-Pennine Trail from Southport to Hornsea (England, UK) in one go with a 100 hour cut off point. The bravehearts for this year’s edition set off on the 19th August at 6 am from the Trans-Pennine Trail Monument in Southport to tackle the mix of trail through wild and urban landscapes.

The men’s race was a nail-biter with an extraordinary ending. Neil Rutherford and Spencer Bunn neck and necked it the whole way round – and remember we are talking about 200 miles here! – and then crossed the finish line together in 47:06:36/46. A joint win!

First lady and third place overall was the extraordinary Rosie Bell with 52:36:03. Phenomenal work and demonstrating again the growing strength of women in the sport.  The battle for third and fourth lady was a royal one – mirroring the men with Sadie Besley and Elaine Jones getting joint third.

Top 3 men and women

Men

  1. Neil Rutherford and Spencer Bunn 47:06:36/46
  2. Martin Hookway 58:03:01

Women

  1. Rosie Bell 52:36:03
  2. Debbie King 78:48:06
  3. Sadie Besley and ElaineJones 81:34:14/31

The Bling

We know it is not all about the bling but this really is a buckle to covet.

  • Top 3 Male and Top 3 Female Finishers earn an outstanding two-tone ‘Ultra Great Britain’ Buckle.
  • Top 25 Finishers earn an incredible Gold ‘Ultra Great Britain’ Buckle.
  • 26-50 Placed Finishers earn an amazing Silver ‘Ultra Great Britain’ Buckle.
  • 51+ Finishers earn the beautiful Bronze ‘Ultra Great Britain’ Buckle.

If you fancy your chances for next year, then start training now. It’s in Scotland and that means plenty of hills!

214 mile (345km) following the Southern Upland Way from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath. A trail reflecting the turbulent history between Scotland and England.

18th – 22nd August 2018 put it in the diary!

"Neil Rutherford and Spencer Bunn neck and necked it the whole way round – and remember we are talking about 200 miles here! – and then crossed the finish line together"

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