Sabrina Verjee ends Wainwrights run after four days
Poor weather and asthma halt bid for record time on classic Lake District fells round
Cumbrian ultra runner Sabrina Verjee has confirmed that she has ended her latest attempt to complete a continuous round of the Wainwrights.
After setting off early last Friday, Sabrina made excellent progress and was well ahead of schedule during her first three days of running. However, lower than expected temperatures were starting to set off her asthma.
On day four, brutal weather conditions aggravated the situation, making it increasingly difficult for Sabrina to breathe comfortably during ascents. Although she was still ahead of schedule, this forced her to stop for a substantial rest early on Tuesday morning.
At that point, Sabrina took stock of the situation. Her asthma was not settling down, the weather forecast remained unfavourable and ground conditions were poor, with snow from 400m. In those circumstance.
Sabrina decided that the sensible decision was to end the attempt early.
It has been reported that she had decided to take a rest during the round.
'I will be back on the Wainwrights'
Sabrina said: “This is not the conclusion that I had anticipated and of course I am hugely disappointed to have had to stop. However, for a good part of the run, it was a great experience with wonderful company.
"I said at the start that this was a team effort and I couldn’t have asked for better team mates on my journey around the Wainwrights. I am so grateful for their support – and humbled by it.
"I am also grateful to everyone who has been following our progress and for the many lovely messages that I have received throughout.
“This story isn’t over. I love running and I love exploring the Wainwrights. We have unfinished business.”
Thanks to support from La Sportiva, Berghaus and Right Lines Communications, Sabrina’s run was filmed and photographed by Steve Ashworth and Summit Fever Media.
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Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors (opens in new tab).