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Parrish and Meek have Cape Wrath Ultra wins in sight after penultimate day

Olly Green
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David Parrish and Jo Meek moved closer to dominant victories at the Cape Wrath Ultra after impressing again on day seven.

The two runners have commanded the men’s and women’s races respectively from the start of the eight-day, 400km ultra, and have extended their leads again.

Day seven was a 61km slog from Kinlochbervie from Inchnadamph and saw competitors move past the 375km mark for the race.

You can follow the action live on the Cape Wrath Ultra race tracker

Touching distance

Parrish, running his first ever ultra, has gone from strength to strength and was quickest again on day seven.

The Scot added another 12 minutes to his advantage over Spain’s Fernando Alvarez, leaving him nearly two-and-a-half hours clear.

Sam Hill (GBR) remains third but dropped another 20 minutes back from Alvarez.

Jo Meek in action on day six of the 2023 Cape Wrath Ultra
Jo Meek in action on day six of the 2023 Cape Wrath Ultra ©Cape Wrath Ultra® | No Limits Photography

Meanwhile, British runner Meek was said to be tiring after day six but she was still the quickest woman, increasing her gap to Elaine Bisson (GBR) by just less than three minutes.

Meek is now fifth overall after dropping back behind Jonathan Hall (GBR), though she is just a minute adrift.

Final push

The final stage of the Cape Wrath Ultra is the shortest of the race, with competitors heading 26km from Kinlochbervie to the finish in Cape Wrath.

The route head along Sandwood Bay to the most north-westerly point in the UK.

Stage reports

Day one | Day two | Day three | Day four | Day five | Day six | Day seven | Day eight

Standings after day seven of Cape Wrath Ultra


  1. David Parrish (GBR) – 42:36:08
  2. Fernando Alvarez (ESP) – 45:04:45
  3. Sam Hill (GBR) – 46:14:13


  1. Jo Meek (GBR) – 48:48:44
  2. Elaine Bisson (GBR) – 52:03:43
  3. Jana Szczepaniak (GBR) – TBC
Olly Green
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Olly Green
Olly is the content lead for RUN247, is a regular contributor to TRI247 and keeps an eye out for content that appeals to both audiences including interviews with pro Heather Jackson.

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