Cape Wrath Ultra set for a thrilling final day

Laura O’Driscoll (IRE) and Graham Walton (GBR) lead the way after day seven of the Cape Wrath Ultra setting up what promises to be a thrilling final day.

O’Driscoll has been battling with an ankle injury since the third day of the women’s race and has seen her lead steadily reduced by the strong running Vicky Savage (GBR). At the end of day seven, Savage was second overall, one hour and 36 minutes behind O’Driscoll, and there is no doubt she will be pushing hard to close that gap on the final day.

Claire Gordon (GBR) put in another strong performance to hold on to third place overall.

Graham Walton who goes into the final day of the Cape Wrath Ultra with a strong lead. ©Cape Wrath Ultra & No Limits Photography

In the men’s race, Walton will go in to the final day with an hour and 15 minute lead over Norwegian Thomas Øderud. The two have duelled for first and second place over the last three days but Walton ended Day seven with a clear advantage. Ireland’s David Barry retained third spot finishing just under 30 minutes ahead of Belgium’s Kurt Alderweireldt in fourth.
The final day will see the racers covering the 24km between Kinlochbervie and Cape Wrath – the most north westerly point in the UK.

Men’s race
1 Graham Walton 47:10:42
2 Thomas Øderud 48:25:39
3 David Barry 50:01:52

Women’s race
1 Laura O Driscoll 57:20:06
2 Vicky Savage 58:56:29
3 Claire Gordon 61:26:34

You can follow the progress of the runners on the final day here 

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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.