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The Jurassic Coast path runs from Lyme Regis to Studland Bay. (Picture thanks to Dave Blow at Votwo)
The Jurassic Coast path runs from Lyme Regis to Studland Bay
The Jurassic Coast path runs from Lyme Regis to Studland Bay. (Picture thanks to Dave Blow at Votwo)
Tim completes the Jurassic Coast Challenge and takes a well-earned rest
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Press Release - 01 April 2008

Bath researcher wins endurance run despite rain and gales

Tim Holsgrove, a researcher from the University of Bath, has completed three gruelling marathons along the Dorset coastline in 24 hours to win the Jurassic Coast Challenge title for the second time despite severe weather.

The favourite for this year’s Jurassic Coast Challenge, a training event for ultra runners, Tim Holsgrove was tasked with running 78.6 miles from Lyme Regis to Studland Bay in less than 24 hours.

Last year, Tim, nicknamed ‘The Machine’, navigated the arduous South West coast path and arrived at the finish with a winning time of 16 hours and 12 minutes.

This year, a Met Office severe weather warning forced the organisers to delay the race at the first checkpoint deeming the cliffs too dangerous.

The runners waited until 5.30am the following morning, when it was clear enough for them to continue on the shorter 80km course which Tim completed in 8 hours and 57 minutes.

“I won by about 45 minutes but my legs were absolutely wrecked from the major hills in the middle of the course. I actually felt worse than at the end last year, even though it was shorter,” said Tim, a graduate teaching fellow who works in the Centre for Orthopaedic Biomechanics, part of University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

“But a win’s a win, so I’m very happy with the result.”


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