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Wolds Rangers Way Ultra Marathon

Delighted organisers of the Wold Rangers Way Ultra Marathon thanked the Driffield community for its support after the second edition of the event attracted elite athletes from across the country.

Following in the success of the inaugural event last year, the second Wolds Rangers Way ultra on Saturday 22nd April saw 64 runners take part in the 44-mile route through the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds starting and finishing in Driffield.

The event attracted 19 first-time ultra marathon runners with one of those, Ryan Gaughan, being the first male home in a time of six hours and 51 minutes.

This was the third ultra marathon staged by Ultra Trails, which has been set up by ultra-marathon runner Grant Smalley and his partner Mel from Stamford Bridge.

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

He told the Wolds Weekly: “We had another really good day and the response we had shows how much the event has grown in popularity.

Driffield Striders – Trevor Walker, Nicola Amidulla and Andrew Boyes who took part in the 44-mile ultra marathon

“We were really pleased that 19 of the runners were first-time ultra marathon runners and we consciously give generous cut off points to give people the chance to try an ultra and we are pleased that all 19 completed the route and the first male home was a first-time ultra marathon runner.

“Once again, we received fantastic support from the local community in Driffield and the event feels as if it is really integrated into the local community.

“Every checkpoint was run by local running clubs; our trophies were again made by members of Men in Sheds, and we had support at the start from Driffield mayor Mark Blakeston.

“Our first checkpoint was at Field House Farm campsite at Tibthorpe and it is great to have local farmers involved and there was a fantastic atmosphere.

“We’ve had great feedback and people expressed an interest in coming back again next year, which is always good to hear.”

All those who entered the ultra marathon have helped to support local charities with donations totalling £663 being made to the Wold Rangers Way charity, Driffield Food Bank and Driffield Men in Sheds.

Building on the success of the last two years, entries for next year’s event on 20th April 2024 are open.

Grant added: “We have made a few changes to next year’s event to give greater choice and flexibility.

“Participants will only pay for a t-shirt if they want one which means we have been able to reduce the entry fee to £53.

“There is also an option to choose your medal from either an eco-wooden medal or a wildflower seed medal.

“We hope next year’s event will be just as successful.”

For further information about the Wold Rangers Way ultra and to register for 2024, please visit the website www.ultratrails.co.uk

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