What better way to spend a three day bank holiday weekend than racing across the spine of England? That’s what some of Britain’s top adventure racers did over four days from the 23-26th August in the Open Adventure Coast to Coast Adventure race.
The biannual event follows Alfred Wainwright’s classic traverse of England from St Bees in Cumbria across the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors before ending up at Robin Hoods Bay on the North Sea Coast. The route is a multistage, multi-discipline affair with running, cycling, kayaking and even some open water swimming stages all thrown in.
Unlike other non-stop adventure races, the C2C follows a stage format, with each evening spent in market town that enables racers time to recuperate, socialise with other competitors and prepare for the trails of the following day.
Competitors can take part in teams of two or three, or for the truly dedicated a solo entry is also possible. Racing in solo categories, Team Mountain Hardwear athletes Anthony Emmet and Sally Ozanne stormed each stage of the race, taking home the yellow bib consecutively. With hours left between first and second place in the female solo category, Sally had a clear lead and a strong, consistent pace each day. She finished with an overall time of 25 hours, 25 minutes and 14 seconds.
Anthony was equally strong across the four days, leading from the off in the sea kayak stage with a series of rapid transitions to put him in the lead by 45 minutes, crossing the finish line in 22 hours, 42 minutes and 32 seconds.
Next up for Team Mountain Hardwear is Costa Rica, where they’ll compete in the World Adventure Racing Championships on 29th November – 12th December.