Our CEO’s Marathon a Month for Rose: May’s challenge

ASIC CEO, Lee Hammond, has resumed his postponed challenge from last year to run a marathon a month to fundraise for the Rose Education Foundation. Here he tells the tale of this month’s ultra-marathon.

Lee’s story: May 2021 Marathon – The Lap, Spring Forward (47-mile ultra) – Saturday 8th

So Saturday the 8th May was the 5th marathon of my marathon a month challenge for the Rose Education Foundation – and it was actually a 47-mile ultra-marathon. It was also my first proper organised race event of the year which was really exciting.

In typical lake district style, the weather was lovely on Friday while I was there for registration, with blue skies and warm sun, while Saturday was horrendous. We awoke to torrential rain and 20mph plus winds. However, I was prepared for this and made sure I had a change of clothes for the halfway checkpoint.

The route covered 47 miles around Lake Windermere and almost 9,000ft of elevation, with checkpoints at roughly every 8 miles. These were very welcome and had a range of snacks and drinks, with the halfway point having the option of hot drinks, which in that weather was well needed.

Despite the distance and weather, I really enjoyed the whole experience, which at times was brutal and brilliant: from meeting different people on route, to laughing and joking while trying to get to the top of Wansfell Pike, to the last 8 miles, which were just a boggy mess, not to mention a couple of nasty climbs and one hell of a descent to the finish which nearly finished me off, and at one point, had me laying face down on a fallen tree.

I would like to thank THE LAP for how well organised it was, which included the checkpoints, marshalls, and signage throughout.

Also a big thank you to those who “dot” watched me round the lake, which couldn’t have been fun 🤣 and for those sponsoring.

Now, it’s a bit of a rest before next months Threshold Trail Series Race to the Castle. This race is another ultra-marathon, but this time it’s 100km (62 miles) and will take place on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th June.

Now, it’s a bit of a rest before next months Threshold Trail Series Race to the Castle. This race is another ultra-marathon, but this time it’s 100km (62 miles) and will take place on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th June.