Runners have to navigate the whole route themselves and carry supplies and kit for the day. Cath has been preparing for this race for 2 years training in the Chilterns, Wales, the Lake District and the French, Italian and Swiss Alps and was one of only 60 competitors to complete the event from a starting field of 130 runners representing 16 countries from 4 continents.
The event is by invitation only and competitors go through a strict vetting process before being invited such are the demands of the race. The event has only taken place twice previously; once in 1992 when 39 competitors finished (most of whom ran in pairs) and again in 2012 when only 28 made it to the finish line, so very few people in the world own one of the coveted pewter dragons.
Cath came 45th overall (8th female) beating a number of professionally sponsored athletes which is an incredible achievement. In the process she raised almost £1000 for the Charity EduHaitian who provide education for vulnerable children
The Dragons Back Website is here: http://www.dragonsbackrace.com/
The EduHaitian website is here: http://www.eduhaitian.org/
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