Record breaking year for ultra marathon that starts in Wendover

More than 350 runners make their way down Wendover High Street after setting off from the Shoulder of Mutton for the Go Beyond Country to Capital ultra marathon
More than 350 runners make their way down Wendover High Street after setting off from the Shoulder of Mutton for the Go Beyond Country to Capital ultra marathon

More than 350 brave runners set off from the Shoulder of Mutton pub at the weekend to take on an ultra marathon bound for London.

The Go Beyond Country to Capital race was a record breaker on all fronts with both men and women setting best times and a record entry.

Ed Catmur became only the second person to go under five hours and in an incredible time of 4:48:10 setting a new course record followed in by Danny Kendall who became the third person to break the five-hour barrier in 4:59:39. Stephen Hodges completed the podium in 5:28:42.

Edwina Sutton also had a brilliant run finishing fourth and not only broke the women’s record in a time of 5:42:30 but also recorded the highest ever overall finishing time by a woman. Bonnie Van Wilgenburg was second lady in 6:15:59 and Julia Donavan in third in 6:32:36.

More than 300 runners completed the course in the 11-hour time limit underlying just how high the standard of Ultra running has become.

Competitors received the usual warm welcome from starting point hosts The Shoulder of Mutton, where bacon rolls and refreshments were laid on.