Ultra runner Gaynor knocks 3 hours off Lakeland 100 course record

Gaynor Prior at Lakeland 100
Gaynor Prior at Lakeland 100
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ULTRA distance runner Gaynor Prior has been re-writing the record books again after completing more than 100 miles around a punishing Lake District circuit.

Gaynor, who runs her own personal training business Pure Personal Training, took part in The Lakeland 100, also known as the Ultra Tour of the Lake District, a 105-mile circular route starting and finishing in Coniston, including a staggering 6,300m of ascent.

Gaynor Prior at Lakeland 100

Gaynor Prior at Lakeland 100

The route passed through 15 checkpoints including Seathwaite, Wasdale, Buttermere, Braithwaite, Dockray, Howtown, Kentmere, Ambleside before the competitors finally headed back to Coniston after more than 24 hours of running.

Competitors had a time limit of 40 hours to complete the course, starting at 5.30pm on the Friday evening.

Gaynor, from Grimston, last year broke the women’s course record at the Caesar’s Camp race, a meagre 100 miles in comparison. And she reproduced this form in the Lake District, winning the women’s race and finishing 15th overall in a mindbending time of 28hr 24min 12 seconds.

The time was enough to earn her a new ladies’ course record, taking a whopping 3 hours and 23 minutes off the previous best mark.