Uffindall finishes 24th at 10 Peaks

Endurance athlete Matt Uffindall on the 10 Peak Challenge.
Endurance athlete Matt Uffindall on the 10 Peak Challenge.
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Ripon’s Matt Uffindall took part in the Satmap 10Peaks Challenge in the Lake District last week. The 45-mile mountain race sees competitors attempt to scale the ten highest mountains of the Lake District in a 24hour period. This year’s race saw 50 people setting out at 4am. The route takes on Helevellyn first before eight other peaks including Scafell Pike the highest mountain in England. After descending to the Honister Pass competitors run a half marathon distance to the base of Skiddaw before the final climb and descent to the finish line in Keswick. Matt, no stranger to the mountains and a member of the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team completed the course in 19 hours 51mins to finish a creditable 24th. The race which finishers can claim two points towards the five needed to enter the Ultra Marathon Tour du Mont Blanc, was Matt’s first endurance race . He said: “It was tough, to undertake 5500m of ascent in one day is incredible, like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in one blast.”

“I was very pleased with my time, having walked these mountains many times before and knowing the route well psychologically it was fairly easy to keep motivated, it was just a very big hill day!!” “The camaraderie between the competitors was great and although I believe only around sixty actually finished it was a great effort by everyone”

It certainly didn’t put Matt off being in the hills as later in the week he back out with the Rescue Team helping to recover an injured walker to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Helimed 99. More details can be seen at http://www.swaledalemrt.org.uk/