Ultra runner John Kelly will attempt to regain his Penine Way record this weekend

British ultrarunner John Kelly will attempt to reclaim the record for the 260-mile Penine Way beginning May 19 at 9 a.m. UK time. 

Kelly first got the FKT for the Penine Way last summer when he finished the route in two days, 16 hours and 46 minutes besting a time set by Mike Hartley back in 1989.

The route, Kelly said at the time, is “up the middle of England from Edale to Kirk Yetholm, just across the Scottish border.”

Kelly’s record was broken by Damian Hall later the same month when the runner put in a time of 61 hours and 35 minutes. 

Prior to that one stunning month of July 2020, Hartley’s record had stood for 31 years.

“Thank you ahead of time to everyone who has been such a wonderful support in getting back here, including my returning end to end crew chief Nicki Lygo,” Kelly wrote, in an Instagram post. 

Kelly is one of the top ultra runners anywhere and has won many notable races including the Barkley Marathons in 2017 — still the last finisher of that epic event. He also set the Guinness World Record for “Fastest Marathon Dressed as a Video Game Character” at the 2016 Boston Marathon.

He gets underway at 4 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, and his progress can be monitored at this link


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