May 29, 2022

Cape Wrath Ultra: O’Driscoll and Walton hold on for victory

By Chris Buckley

Laura O’Driscoll (IRE) and Graham Walton (GBR) held on to their leads in the final day of the Cape Wrath Ultra to finish first in the women’s and men’s races.

The two had been the front-runners for most of the race with O’Driscoll battling through more than half of the race with a painful ankle injury picked up on day three and Walton under pressure from Norway’s Thomas Øderud.

Cape Wrath Ultra 2022 – Day 7 – Copyright- No Limits Photography

But in the end, the leads that they took into the final day were sufficient to give them a comfortable finish with O’Driscoll crossing the line an hour-and-a-half up on Vicki Savage (GBR) and Walton one hour and forty minutes ahead of Øderud.

“I’m so sore, but I’m so happy,” said O’Driscoll. ” The painkillers today were helpful, but I’ll be in a world of pain for a while. I’m emotional. It’s one of the hardest weeks that I’ve had – it’s tough, mentally and physically.”

Claire Gordon (GBR) was comfortably third in the women’s race and David Barry took third in the men’s race.

Men’s race
1 Graham Walton 50:10:17
2 Thomas Øderud 51:51:33
3 David Barry 53:02:51

Women’s race
1 Laura O Driscoll 61:26:06
2 Vicky Savage 63:05:23
3 Claire Gordon 65:32:50

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Article by
Chris Buckley
An experienced runner with numerous trail and ultra-marathons in his legs from races ranging from 30 to 110 miles. Racing and training has been focused mainly, although not exclusively, on the North Yorkshire Moors and East Yorkshire Wolds. As a journalist and sports industry professional for 40 years, Chris continues to love many sports but admits that trail running has become more of an obsession than a hobby.