Anna Troup has broken the women's speed record on the Pennine Way, setting a new Fastest Known Time (FKT) of 72 hours 46 minutes 37 seconds (to be confirmed), to beat Sabrina Verjee's 2020 time of 74 hours 28 minutes by a convincing margin.
She also beats her own ladies' record time of 80 hours 28 minutes on the summer Spine race, only set earlier this season. You can hear more about that on the Beyond the Ultimate podcast:
Over the three or so days of her run, Anna's progress was followed on Opentracking, and Twitter updates were posted with #supertrouper.
Running south to north, she set off on the 268-mile route from Edale to Kirk Yetholm at mid day on Saturday 14th August, and managed to keep ahead of her target checkpoint times, and the record pace, most of the way, only beginning to lag in the final gruelling stages over the Cheviots, where an unscheduled 40 minute nap also bit into her lead.
After a difficult night due to sickness and not being able to eat for a long period, @AnnaTroup4 has just left Malham Tarn and is still on schedule. Pacers @TallmanStu and Amelia are along for this next stretch and onwards to Pen-y-ghent.#SuperTrouper #penninewayfkt pic.twitter.com/P9AaXyPEJh— Sharon Dyson (@Shaznay999) August 15, 2021
Dot watchers were given a white knuckle finish as her pace slowed and the margin began to narrow. By the summit of The Cheviot she was nearly 2.5 hours down on schedule, while the imaginary figure of Sabrina Verjee crept closer along the border ridge behind. But perseverance paid off, and in a display of incredible determination Anna stormed down the final long descent to cross the line with a new record.
She may only be taking in small amounts, but @AnnaTroup4 is still moving well. Approaching Hardraw where the request is for a double expresso and a bit of tlc to her tender feet! 🏃♀️ @RobTatman back on shift.#SuperTrouper #penninewayfkt— Sharon Dyson (@Shaznay999) August 15, 2021
Tracker: https://t.co/wbXz53AM1y pic.twitter.com/3C9Ko492Do
The men's record on the Pennine Way, currently held by John Kelly, is an amazing 2 days, 10 hours and 4 minutes.