Annual 3 Peaks Race
10:30am Saturday 29th. April 2017
We (inov-8) are delighted to be sponsoring the iconic Three Peaks Race for a second year. The 2016 race was a hugely enjoyable event and we’re eagerly looking forward to our return to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Working alongside Pete Bland Sports, we will be out in force at the 63rd annual running of this 23-mile fell running classic, so watch out for us in the start/finish field and up on the peaks. Also joining us will be several inov-8 ambassadors, including two-time female winner Victoria Wilkinson and 2016 UK Inter-Counties fell running champion Ben Mounsey.
Victoria said: “I always look forward to the Three Peaks. Being a Yorkshire girl, the race definitely has a place in my heart. It's regarded as a prestigious event that people come from far and wide to compete in, and I’m lucky enough to be from the area that many have to travel hundreds of miles to get to. I love The Dales and to be given the opportunity to race on my home ground is wonderful.
“The crowds that come out to support the runners are great. There are fans of the event that don't particularly know one person but come out to support every year just because they enjoy the whole day out. It's the off-road equivalent of the London Marathon. Locals know about it and if you tell a non-runner you've done the Three Peaks, they nod their head in acknowledgement as if to say, ‘You’re a proper runner then if you've done that.’
“As far as times go, there's few fell races out there where time is an important factor, but this event it does matter. Every year the route changes, not always for the better, but being such a popular challenge, erosion is a massive issue. The National Parks have to keep this to a minimum, hence more paving slabs, but this also makes it a tough race for the legs to deal with. The route really does throw everything at the competitor, from tussocks to flat road running. It’s such a great race.
“I love racing with the men. They are my benchmark; always supportive and encouraging and hopefully I encourage them to run faster too! Winning the Three Peaks last year was fantastic. I was pleased and relieved to pull off the win, as it's a race you have a long build up to and to succeed in the end was a great feeling.
“As for the women's record (3:14:43 set by Anna Pichrtova in 2008), it definitely is beatable, but achieving it is a different matter! Everything has to slot into place on the day. With this year’s field being of such a high standard (the race is also the Great Britain team selection event for the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships), the record is there for someone to try and beat. Perhaps this could be the year!
Ben Mounsey said: “As a short distance specialist, I usually enjoy watching the spectacle of the Three Peaks from the summit of Whernside. It’s an iconic event, richly steeped in history; a race where many great athletes have made their mark. It quite rightly features on almost every fell runner’s bucket-list because it has everything from steep climbs, challenging descents, fast runnable sections, a variety of all terrain and, of course, unpredictable Yorkshire weather!
“To this day, it still attracts the very best fell and mountain runners in the land. The competition is always fierce, especially this year, as there is the added incentive of gaining selection for the Great Britain team for the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. This is another reason that I’ve decided to make the Three Peaks one of my major aims for 2017.
“Despite competing in the race twice before, I’ve never seriously trained for it or made it my goal. However, my target is now to try and run sub 3 hours and join the elite group of athletes who have achieved this in the past. I’m under no illusions; it won’t be an easy task as judging my pace correctly is crucial to success. I will treat this unique race with the respect it deserves.”
In terms of recommended kit for the Three Peaks Race, much depends on the underfoot conditions and weather on the day. Due to the variety of the terrain the new inov-8 ROCLITE shoes could be the perfect choice. Both the 305 and the lighter 290 version are genuine all-rounders that will handle anything the trail throws up. If you want increased grip for the soft and muddy sections then the X-TALON 212, MUDCLAW 300 or X-CLAW 275 – all of which have more aggressive outsoles – will fit the bill. We also have all the gear you’ll need as mandatory kit – and packs/bum bags to carry it in! Discover more at www.inov-8.com