Ladies lap up over 150 miles in Leeds parkland

GROUP EFFORT: The group of runners clocked up more than 150 miles in Bramham Park.
GROUP EFFORT: The group of runners clocked up more than 150 miles in Bramham Park.
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A group of Leeds ladies pounded the fields of Bramham Park for a gruelling 24-hour running challenge.

The seven women took on the first Endure 24 North event which has the tagline ‘Glastonbury for runners’, due to it taking place on the site of next month’s Leeds Festival.

Organiser Alison Mackie and her teammates Morag White, Laura Holden, Dawn Gibbs, Kate McIntyre, Sue Jones and Val Whitbread clocked up more than 150 miles during the 24-hour period.

Alison, from Bramham, signed up for the trek last October but admits that the group didn’t undertake any serious training in preparation.

She said:“Running through the night for 24 hours sounds gruelling.

“When I signed us up, we all thought ‘what will it feel like to get your mind and body to run in total darkness through woods at 3am in the morning?’

“But it was the most challenging and fun event that any of us have ever taken part in.

“Throughout the night the miles kept ticking away and we kept the pace going.

“And as dawn broke over this stunning park, spirits were kept high as we could see the end in sight.”

Such was the intensity of the group’s efforts that they finished runners-up in the ladies’ team section.

Alison added: “As the event progressed we found ourselves almost an hour in front of our target.

“We realised that if we could keep the pace and momentum going we were in with a chance of not only taking part and completing our task, but finishing in second place.

“It was a truly memorable experience.”

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