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Three Counties Running Club's Craig Freestone takes on Endurance Life Ultra and Man vs Trilogy events

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Three Counties Running Club's Craig Freestone has taken on a series of challenging but rewarding races this year.

Craig took on The Endurance Life Ultra, where the Coastal Trail Series was born - the South Devon stage has become a cult classic.

The course is contained within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is simultaneously picturesque and punishing. With its blend of jagged rocks interspersed with idyllic sandy coves, this coastline is jaw-droppingly beautiful and hugely inspiring.

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Three Counties Running Club (53835288)

The runner weaves their way around the technical coastline, before heading inland to tackle a few of the infamous Devon hills.

The weather was slightly different with it being warm but slightly damp on the coastal path, but winds were getting up to 40mph. Craig covered the tough 33.5 miles in an incredible time of 6:28:58.

Not satisfied, Craig decided to take on one of the Rat Race challenge series events - coined the Man vs Trilogy.

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Three Counties Running Club (53835285)

Craig’s first event of the series was the Man Vs Coast on the famous coastline in the British Isles. The breathtaking 25 mile route takes in high cliffs, brooding moorland, picture-perfect beaches, crashing waves, big swells, rough-hewn rocks, water jumps, short swims and a few cheeky surprises.

It's definitely one for the adventurer.

From the start line at Marazion Beach, the route weaved its way coast to coast from one side of the Cornish peninsula to the other, taking in a course that was exciting beyond belief.

On a blistering hot day, Craig had a fantastic run and finished in a great time of 4:54:13.

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Three Counties Running Club (53835282)

After this event Craig was ready to tackle the next one in the series; the classic Man vs Lakes.

The start of the race was a surreal crossing of the quicksands of Morecambe Bay, heading north through mountainous country on a rollercoaster running route that brings you to the foot of England’s most famous lake. The runners then proceed higher into the hills and forests of the area and immerse themselves in the lake itself, tackling short wades, swims, jumps and an amazingly bold floating assault course.

The course helps the runner rack up a whopping 4200ft of ascent before the final push that takes you further in to the heart of Lakeland for a serene kayak loop on Lake Coniston just before you cross the finish line. Again it was another blistering day and Craig had to drink out of Lake Windermere as he ran out of water, but nonetheless completed this gruelling 29.5 mile event in a cracking time of 6:24:23.

Craig is getting ready to hopefully tackle the third event in the series sometime next year and complete the Trilogy.

Three Counties parkrun results:

King's Lynn: Matt Hunter 30:12

March: Jonathan Quail 23:13 12th/102, Melvin Green 29:42, Laura Vincent 34:02

Snowden Field: Colin Apps 26:32

Hunstanton: Daniel Barnes 18:49 5th/62

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