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Runners complete the first Wolds Rangers Way Ultra

Around 50 elite runners from across the country took part in Driffield and the Wolds’ first ultra-marathon on Saturday which followed the route of the Wold Rangers Way.

The Wolds Rangers Way Ultra saw 49 athletes take part in the 43.5-mile route through the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds starting and finishing in Driffield.

This was the first ultra-marathon staged by Ultra Trails organised by ultra-marathon runner Grant Smalley and his partner Mel from Stamford Bridge.

We have had amazing feedback from those who took part, many of whom came from outside of Driffield and were discovering the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds for the first time.

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Grant, who ran his first ultra-marathon in 2013, said it had been a fantastic day and thanked everyone who supported the event.

He told the Wolds Weekly: “It was an absolutely amazing day and I can’t thank everyone enough who helped to make it all happen.

“The support we have had from the local community in Driffield has been incredible, from all the wonderful volunteers who gave up their time to help, to the members of Men in Sheds who created our bespoke trophies.

“We have had amazing feedback from those who took part, many of whom came from outside of Driffield and were discovering the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds for the first time.

Driffield Striders Annitta Kraft and Nicola Amidulla.

“People have commented on how well organised it was and how friendly and helpful the marshals were.
“Many have expressed an interest in coming back again next year, which is always good to hear.”

Grant added that the ultra-marathon will become an annual event and the date for next year’s event is set for 22nd April 2023.

“People can register for pre-selection for next year’s event now and we hope to open it up to more runners in 2023,” he said.

“We will make a few tweaks to next year’s event, but hope it will be just as successful.”

Nicola Amidulla from Driffield Striders took part in Saturday’s ultra-marathon and said having an event in her home town was very special.

She said: “It was a really good day and to be able to start and finish in Driffield made it all the more special.

“It was very well organised and everyone was so lovely and it was great to see so many local people helping on the day. I shall definitely be wanting to do it next year!”

For further information about the Wold Rangers Way Ultra and to register for pre-selection for 2023, please visit the website www.ultratrails.co.uk

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