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Preston man completes ultra marathon in Lake District

Posted on - 3rd August, 2023 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News, Proud Preston, Recreation
Alex Atkinson with his marathon at the end of the Lakeland 50 Pic: Harrison’s Holidays

A Preston man has completed an ultra marathon in the Lake District.

Alex Atkinson took on the Lakeland 50-miler which is one of the most difficult races in the world.

Running for the children’s charity Epic Kidz then Alex got round in 11 hours and 16 minutes – finishing 127th out of 1,264 competitors.

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Alex, who works for Harrison’s Holidays based in Preston, said: “That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but one of the most rewarding at the same time. The classic rainy Lakeland weather didn’t hamper any spirits as I crossed the line in one piece, to a round of applause.

“The Lakeland 50 and 100 is the biggest and best running event in the UK, a weekend everyone should take part in weather running, volunteering or spectating.”

Alex Atkinson on a training run Pic: Harrison’s Holidays

Alex only started running in 2020 – during lockdown when looking for something to keep himself occupied – and he’s kept increasing his distances since then.

You can donate to Alex’s fundraiser via his Justgiving page.

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