Winner runs Hadrian’s Wall in a day

Ian Hammett wins The Wall ultramarathon
Ian Hammett wins The Wall ultramarathon

A super-fit Bedford man has won a 69-mile, cross-country ultramarathon.

Ian Hammett, 36, ran the route of Hadrian’s Wall, from Carlise Castle to Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, in an impressive 9 hours and 43 minutes.

Ian Hammett wins The Wall ultramarathon

Ian Hammett wins The Wall ultramarathon

He won the expert division of The Wall ultramarathon.

He said: “I’m a keen runner but I had never attempted an ultra-marathon before and this seemed like the perfect challenge and a great excuse to see some stunning scenery along the way.

“I trained hard for the event but I never dreamt that I would win – everything just went perfectly on the day and it was a pleasant surprise to finish in first place.”

The run started at the 1000 year-old Carlisle Castle, where runners crossed the drawbridge to commence their adventure.

Ian Hammett wins The Wall ultramarathon

Ian Hammett wins The Wall ultramarathon

The way-marked route passed sections of Hadrian’s Wall, including forts, mile castles and Roman temples, with pit-stops located in iconic locations including Lanercost Priory, Newburn and Hexham along the way.

Organisors Rat Race Adventure Sports said 800 people completed the ultramarathon last weekend.

For more information, go to www.ratrace.com