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Will Baker is victorious at the Lake District Continous 100k

An ultra marathon runner defied a potentially race ending ankle injury to emerge triumphant at the Lake District Continous 100k.

Will Baker from Easton-on-the-Hill won the event in an amazing time of 12 hours 16 minutes which was a whole two hours and 23 minutes ahead of the next person over the line.

In the 100k continuous challenge, 407 athletes started and 252 finished.

Will Baker
Will Baker

The first wave of participants set off at 7am and Will was in the second section which started at 7.30am.

The heat was already rising and the temperature reached a gruelling 30 degrees on hard terrain with high mountains and mostly off road tracks which made the going tough.

At 17-miles Will rolled his ankle and thought he would be out of the race but he sought medical care from the extremely well organised event staff, got his ankle strapped and carried on.

Mum Michelle explained: "From a supporters point of view it was difficult to follow him as most of it was off road and there only a few points along the course we could be at to see him but Will reached the halfway point in five hours and 34 minutes.

"Will is not part of any running club but he reads lots about running and listens to podcasts for advice on fitness and nutrition.

"No-one, let alone Will, had any expectations of winning the event. He didn't set out for a win - he did it to challenge himself.

"He loves running and thinks nothing about running round Rutland Water on a Sunday - twice because once isn't enough.

"He also enjoys Muay Thai, yoga and the gym and his next challenge is to try a 100-miler."

For this challenge, Will has raised money for Parkinson's UK which is a charity close to his parents' hearts as they lost a dear rugby friend to the disease and also have a lifelong friend suffering with the illness.

So far, with the donations from friends, family and his mum and close friend Emma Hanson holding a ladies clothes swish event, he has raised £733.

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