Lakeland 100 endurance race

Mike Churchyard - Lakeland 100Following injury during a Mountain Marathon and subsequent ankle surgery in June 2012, Mike Churchyard was advised not to run more than five miles. 

A keen outdoor enthusiast and Mountain Leader Mike set himself the challenge, with help from Sportswise physio Luke Carter, of running the Lakeland 50 endurance race. He completed this and moved on to the Lakeland 100, as he says “not ever contemplating that it would be possible”.

The route for the Lakeland 100 (actually 105 miles) takes in the Northern Fells of the Lake District. Competitors have forty hours to self navigate the course over rugged paths with over 23,000ft of ascent and descent and carrying mandatory kit for safety. Starting at 6pm on the Friday, runners compete through the first night and sometimes a second. Despite his past injury, not to mention a 60% drop out rate for the course, Mike completed the 105 miles in a time of 39 hours 16 minutes, joins only 682 other competitors to have finished the Lakeland 100 since the race started eight years ago.

Mike has also taken part, with his children, in the Lakeland 1. The event itself raises around £40,000 for local charities like Epic Kidz, fix the fells and the North West Air Ambulance and Mountain rescue. Mike individually has already raised a total of £650 for Demelza with other events planned. Well done Mike!