Image: Andrew Swales Photography
Sweet success as Hilary Wharam finishes her 100th marathon
Thrills for Hils who ran her 100th marathon at the Autumn Sir Titus Trot
A ‘congratulations’ cake awaited Hilary Wharam at the finish of her 100th marathon on Day 2 (Sunday 13 September) of the Autumn Sir Titus Trot from It’s Grim Up North Running (IGUN). The inspirational and down to earth Horsfield Harrier with a smile for everyone had plenty to be cheerful about as did others at this well supported and safe event.
Glorious summer weather, a hand sanitising octopus, a medal that said ‘welcome’ back in different languages on its ribbon and last but not least, cake were amongst the highlights of a successful day in Saltaire. Day 1 (Saturday 12 September) of the St Titus Trot was a winner and the same applied to Day 2 making this the third live race from IGUN that met the government and UK Athletics Covid-19 guidelines. There were 5K/10K/Half Marathon/20 Miles and Marathon distances to choose from, all held along the Leeds to Liverpool canal.
Taking part on Day 2 was the indefatigable Hilary Wharam or ‘Hils’ as she is often known who is 79 years young and proved nothing is impossible if you are determined enough. She had been waiting a long time due to the coronavirus pandemic before being able to confirm her 100th marathon would be going ahead at the Autumn St Titus Trot. Numbers were limited, there was a staggered start and social distancing in force as Hilary set off early to run an out and back route – in two opposite directions – and twice for the marathon along the canal.
Hilary is a favourite with the IGUN community and they cheered her during her race and again as she came into the finish of her 100th marathon where a celebratory running-themed cake had pride of place.
Finally, a round of applause for Hilary and everyone involved in the well-organised and Covid-secure Autumn Sir Titus Trot.
Image courtesy of Andrew Swales Photography