It was a cold and frosty morning for the start of the 9Bar Sunrise to Sunset Challenge yesterday (Wed 27 December) where endless laps awaited a small but determined group of runners.
The 9Bar Sunrise to Sunset Challenge is now in its ninth year and considered an annual tradition for those who relish the mental and physical aspects.
This year there was a change of venue for the event from Lightmoor to the Shrewsbury Cycle Track at Sundorne, however, the goal was still the same: run as many laps of this purpose built, 1k cycle track between 8.20am and 16.01pm. In other words, continuous running from sunrise to sunset.
Runners had the choice of completing a 10k half marathon, full marathon or an ultra with food, drink and music provided to help them on their way. They also had the bonus of a fast, flat track with minimal undulation providing a welcome relief from the big hill at Lightmoor.
Katy Prescott was the overall winner at 10K distance in 1:10:38. Jay Walker was the overall winner at half marathon distance in 1:30:24 with Ollie Hunt in second place in 1:47:22. Dawn Hunt was third in 2:01:47.
Gemma Mallett was the overall winner at marathon distance in 3:16:32. Malcolm Collins was second in 3:26:33 with Matthew David coming third in 3:30:15. Gary Simpson ran the furthest ultra distance with 81.03K (50 miles) in 7:38:31 with Sarah Galloway running 73:27K (45.52 miles) in 7:38:43.
This challenge was organised by How Hard Can It Be Events, a Telford-based company who host many races throughout the year, ranging from half marathon to ultra distance.