July 12, 2022

Kaars-Sjipestein storms to record-breaking victory in Lakeland Trails 100

By Ed Mezzetti

Great Britain international Katie Kaars-Sjipestein set a new women’s record as she stormed to outright victory at a very hot Lakeland Trails 100 race. 

Kaars-Sjipestein completed the 100km course, which featured 10,500 feet of climbing, in 11:27:23 to take almost five minutes off the previous fastest women’s time set by Merryl Cooper (11:32:19) in 2021. 

Dominant display

Katie Kaars-Sjipestein on her way to victory [Picture credit: James Kirby / Lakeland Trails]

Such was Kaars-Sjipestein’s dominance that she finished nearly three and a half hours ahead of second-placed Steven Sandilands (14:56:50), who was the first man home. 

Kaars-Sjipestein commented on her Instagram page: “A year late to the party at the @lakeland_trails 100km. Feeling happy with first place overall and a new female course record!” 

Alice Kershaw (15:24:38) was second woman home and sixth overall, just ahead of fellow Brit Hannah Gale (15:28:39), who was third woman and eighth outright. 

Finland’s Emil Soderlund (15:02:39) pipped Britain’s James Robinson (15:02:42) for third in the men’s race. 

Hartley takes 55km win

There was also some tight racing in the 55km event, where Britain’s Adam Hartley (5:49:27) took the men’s victory. 

Fellow Brits Will Barton and Julian Hood, the 2021 champion, were close behind in 5:53:01 and 5:54:23 respectively. 

There was also a British one-two-three in the women’s race, with Mary Heald (7:30:09) heading Louise Dermott (7:39:18) and Sarah Hendry (7:51:08).  

Ed Mezzetti
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Ed Mezzetti
Ed has almost 20 years of experience as a journalist, writing on sports ranging from rugby to rowing. His career highlights include covering the London 2012 Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games. Ed writes news and feature articles for RUN247 & TRI247 and is a keen club runner himself.