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The Dorset coastline, photo taken by David Train
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Press Release - 19 March 2008

Bath researcher tipped to win ultra endurance run

Tim Holsgrove, a researcher from the University of Bath is due to defend his Jurassic Challenge title when he runs three marathons in a gruelling 24 hour period along the Dorset coastline on 28 March 2008.

The favourite for this year’s Jurassic Coast Challenge, Tim Holsgrove, will be expected to run 78.6 miles from Lyme Regis to Studland Bay in less than 24 hours.

Last year, he navigated the South West coast path and arrived at the finish with a winning time of 16 hours and 12 minutes. Tim started the race at 6pm with 20 fellow competitors but only five had completed the arduous course by the following morning.

“Cliff running in the dark is very challenging; you run overnight in hilly terrain, you have no rest, it’s cold and windy and you’ve no idea where anyone else is in the race,” said Tim, a graduate teaching fellow who works in the Centre for Orthopaedic Biomechanics, part of University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

“But I know the route now so I am hoping I will do well this year.”

The marathon challenge is available as a one day, two day or three day event and will be taking place between 28-30 March 2008.

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