3 Peaks Race

The 2016 3 Peaks Race, in its 62nd year, was set to be a challenging race. From Ricky Lightfoot returning in a bid to secure a third sucessive win, to the weather dropping a white sheet over the 3 towering peaks surrounding Horton in Ribblesdale, anything could happen.

3 Peaks Race landscape on the way

 3 Peaks Race calm before the storm

Peace in event HQ as early risers took the opportunity to register and enjoy a brew.

3 Peaks Race Pete Blands Wide shot

Pete Bland Sports were present with an array of last minute essentials from socks to gloves, waterproofs and nutrition.

3 Peaks Race Shoes Boxes

Inov8 were the new sponsor for 2016 and had a diverse and comprehensive range on offer with Pete Bland Sports.

3 Peaks Race trying on shoes

3 Peak Fell Race Registration

Registration was buzzing as competitors collected their all important race number and Si Entries Card.3 Peaks Race t shirts

3 Peaks Race Ribblehead Drinks sign

3 Peak Fell Race bottles

2 drop points gave runners the option to leave bottles and nutrition between the mountains.

3 Peaks Race Mountain Rescue kit check

Mountain Rescue Teams conducted the mandatory kit inspections before runners entered the briefing.

3 Peaks Race front Breifing

The race briefing set the scene of what was to come before competitors were guided to the starting pen.

3 Peaks Race heading to start line

3 Peaks Race starters warm up

Front runners took the opportunity to stretch their legs before a volley of gunfire signalled the start of the race.

3 Peaks Race Starters Pack

3 Peaks Race Start Ricky Leads

3 Peaks Race Start Mira

3 Peaks Fell Race starters exit field

Just shy of 800 runners left the starting field, commencing the climb to Pen-y-Ghent.

I jumped in with Lee and Adrian from Inov8, who drove me to the Ribblehead Viaduct, the first aid station on course.

3 Peaks Fell Race Ricky to Ribble

3 Peaks Fell Race Ricky Leads into Ribble

Ricky Lightfoot was first into Ribblehead CP, closely followed by Tom Owens and Marc Lauenstein.

3 Peaks Race tom Owens Ribble

3 Peaks Fell Race Marc Lauenstein Ribble

3 Peaks Fell Race Matt Ribble

3 Peaks Fell Race Ribble Bottles

Marshalls laid out competitor supplies in numerical order to aid finding bottles.

3 Peaks Fell Race Ribble aid station

Victoria Wilkinson lead the women’s race, staying high up in the overall standings throughout.

3 Peaks Fell Race Ribble Viaduct

3 Peak race Climb after Ribble

Climbing past the viaduct and onto Whernside.

3 Peaks fell race invo8 van

Back on the road, Adrian naviagted, whilst hundreds of competitors made their way on the road section towards Ribblehead. Lee throughout had the window down, offering words of encouragement and clapping runners on. A few thumbs up resulted from those taking part, this show of support boosting morale and energy.

3 Peaks Fell Race inov8 van clap

Back in event HQ there was time to grab a quick bite, we’d been in the field since 7am, before Marc Lauenstein took many by suprise appearing in the field ahead of favourite Ricky Lightfoot, winning in a time of 2:48:58

3 Peaks Fell Race Marc Ricky Enter Field

3 Peaks Fell Race Marc Wins to line

3 Peaks Fell Race Finish Ricky Run

Some 9 seconds behind, Ricky was going full gas, sprinting to the line.

3 Peaks Fell race Finish mark and Rikcy Embrace

3 Peaks Fell Race Finish Tom

Tom Owens was 3rd home in a time of 2:52:14.

3 Peaks Fell Race Finish Dib in

Elite or last man, all had to make sure they dibbed there Si Card throughout to validate their run and record their official time.

3 Peaks Fell Race Finish Mark holds trophy

Marc Lauenstein lifts the winners trophy marking his introduction to fell running.

3 Peaks Fell Race Finish Ricky craig tom

3 Peals Fell Race Finish Vic hands up

Victoria Wilkinson, arms raised in celebration, won the Women’s race in 3:26:47, taking 35th overall.

3 Peaks Fell Race Finish Vic trophy

3 Peaks Fell Race Finish Crowd

Crowds grew as increasing numbers of competitors entered the finish tunnel.

3 Peaks fell Race finish Mira Rai running

Mira Rai, on tour since Salomon’s Advanced Week took 2nd in 3:35:55, finishing 65th overall. The crowd rawd as she entered the field and celebrations quickly kicked off despite bloodied knees.

3 Peaks fell race Finish Mira arms up

3 Peaks Fell race finish Mira family

3 Peaks Fell Race Finish Nicky Spinks

Nicky Spinks had a beaming smile having cracked 4 hours, finishing in 3:55:32.

3 Peaks Fell Race Result Watching

Competitors, families and friends were able to monitor progress from event hq thanks to screens.

3 Peaks Fell Race finish cakes

3 Peaks Fell Race finish Cakes 2

What had been a silent tent was now a hive of activity. Wainright beers lost their caps, cakes and hot food were served and all racing categories celebrated the days events together.

3 Peaks Fell Race Prize Giving Vic

Prize giving was a busy, with overall, age and team prizes to be awarded. Trophies, beer, chocolate and Inov8 vouchers were handed out, with cheers filling the marquees free space.

Men’s Top 3 

1st Marc Lauenstein 2:48:58

2nd Ricky Lightfoot 2:49:07

3rd Tom Owens 2:52:14

Women’s Top 3 

1st Victoria Wilkinson 3:26:47

2nd Mira Rai 3:35:55

3rd Helen Berry 3:37:20