The inaugural “Back in 10 Mynds” ultramarathon took place on Saturday 14th May. The newest event from Beyond Marathon, the race starts and finishes in Church Stratton and covers 42 miles all over the Long Mynd. To ensure the race is a real challenge, participants complete 10 different ascents and descents of the Long Mynd, with a total elevation of over 9,000 feet.
NDRC runner Ellen Deighton took on the challenge of the ‘10 Mynds’. The race started bright and early, which gave runners a chance to climb through Cardingmill Valley before the temperature rose too much, however it didn’t take long for the sun to burn through the morning mist and the heat added to the challenge. With no shade on the top of the hills, and very little breeze in the valleys, a number of participants were forced to retire early as a combination of heat and hills proved too difficult for some.
Ellen took it slow and steady, as her aim was purely to finish before the time cut-off due to the challenging terrain and hot weather. She was extremely pleased to finish in daylight, coming in at 14 hours and 35 minutes.