Fifty and Swifty

Jane Reilly  |  Published: Nov 21st 2018

Ken Ivory, 50, a Sergeant from P1 at RAF Halton, ran a challenging 50 miles over the weekend of 17-18 November in the Wendover Woods 50 Mile Race, WW50.

The cross-country course is five 10 mile laps up and down hilly trails with names like ‘the snake’ and ‘railing in the years’ with a 10,000 foot ascent including some of the most enjoyable trail running to be found. It has to be completed within 15 hours and one and a half laps were in the dark. Ken paid £80 for the privilege.

He completed the course for the charity SSAFA who he has had the honour of being treasurer for the last 27 years, the charity is at the forefront of helping servicemen and woman in and out of the Service.

Ken took an impressive 12 hours and 56 minutes to complete the challenge in what turned out to be fine weather.

He said: “I was a little nervous but excited before the start as the conditions on the day can influence how tough this event can be. It just seems a little harder when its cold with horizontal rain, but it turned out fine.

Doing laps is very different to a point to point race where you can see the end in sight but I knew I could do it I suffer from queasiness while running so I prepared myself well with the right food.  At the finish I felt elated and proud, so treated myself to a hot chocolate.”

Before the start - image Crown Copyright
Before the start
During the race - image Crown Copyright
During the race. Images Crown Copyright.
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