Eight Point Two

Big Running weekend
August 29, 2012, 1:50 pm
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 It was an extremely hectic weekend in the Peak District!

Eight Point Two were the race planners and organisers for both the New Balance Ultra Tour of the Peak District (59 miles) and the 12.12 trail race which were both part of the BIG RUNNING WEEKEND. Here is the ‘official press release’ from the weekend.

The New Balance Ultra Tour of the Peak District has been won by Marcus Scotney. This inaugural 59 mile Ultra has been a closely fought race across the Peak District National Park. With Accelerate-sponsored Stuart Walker, taking second place.

The 59 mile race started at 8am on Sunday 26th August with 50 runners leaving Whirlow Hall Farm on the edge of Sheffield to head across the Peak District’s undulating landscape taking in key features such as Stanage Edge, Derwent, Ladybower and Kinder Scout with 2722 metres of ascent this ultra challenge is no easy undertaking.

Marcus Scotney finished in 9 hours 19 minutes 23 seconds ahead of second place runner Stuart Walker, from Sheffield who finished just over 20 minutes later in  9hours 41 minutes 21 seconds.

Marcus Scotney has represented England 4 times at 100Km including the Commonwealth 100Km Championships in 2009. He was also part of Team GB at the World and European 100Km Championship and finished 5th in the recent Anglo Celtic Plate Race (100Km). Marcus used to live in Sheffield and run with the Dark Peak Fell Runners, though is currently residing in Dumfries and Galloway.

Marcus has won a prestigious Ultra Tour of the Peak District Trophy, £200 Cash (courtesy of New Balance), New Balance Running Shoe of choice, Nathan Hydration Minimist Vest, 2 Pairs of Injinji Toe Socks and Entry to next year’s New Balance Ultra Tour of the Peak District.

The finishers will continue to cross the line in to Monday and will be sure of a hearty cheer from marshals, supporters and other competitors as they enter the BIG Barn at Whirlow Hall Farm to relax in the Chill Out Zone.

The Ultra Tour of the Peak District is generously sponsored by New Balance and has been brought to life by Eight Point Two (race organisers) Whirlow Hall Farm and Accelerate – the UK’s Ultimate Running Store.

[This race was part of The BIG Running Weekend – a Festival of Running including a 12 mile and a 10k trail race, plus events for juniors and the whole family, orienteering, plus Running Talks and the BIG Race Party following the New Balance ULTRA Tour of the Peak District. For more details see www.bigrunningweekend.co.uk ]


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