Runner Johnny completes his ‘ultra’ challenge

Duns based runner, Johnny Logan from Preston, graduated from marathon to ultra runner status this weekend (21 October) when he completed the 50km / 31 mile Ennerdale Trail Run. Johnny Logan (R) with Jon Crooks, after completing their first ultra rac
Duns based runner, Johnny Logan from Preston, graduated from marathon to ultra runner status this weekend (21 October) when he completed the 50km / 31 mile Ennerdale Trail Run. Johnny Logan (R) with Jon Crooks, after completing their first ultra rac

WHAT do you do when you’ve already run a marathon? You run further than a marathon!

Duns based runner, Johnny Logan from Preston, graduated from marathon to ultra runner status last weekend when he completed the 50km/31 mile Ennerdale Trail Run.

The 50k race consisted of a two lap pass of the undulating trails around Ennerdale Water, Cumbria.

While the hill trails themselves proved little challenge for Logan, who trains on the Lammermuir hills in Berwickshire, the rocky surfaces of the second half of the lap required what can only be described as “dancing feet”.

The route passed over slippery stream rocks, ran through treacherous tree roots, before requiring a scramble round Anglers Crag. The weather was perfect for an endurance run and Logan finished in 26th place outright with a time of five hours, 41 minutes. He was also tenth in the male veteran class.

The race provides only water and food at the half way points of each lap, including a station in a shepherd’s bothy at the end of the valley. Runners therefore have to carry any food, water, and mandatory safety equipment around the course.

Johnny said: “It was a beautiful day across a varied and challenging course. It was mentally a little more difficult to tackle the second lap of the lake, but knowing I would be an ultra runner at the end of it was a real motivation.”

Johnny has only been running for some 12 months and is yet to decide what his next long distance challenge will be. He ran the race, alongside running buddy Jon Crooks from Lancashire, with whom he completed his first ever marathon this summer.