Wilkinson and Strain to defend Three Peaks titles

Four recent men's winners and the women's course record-holder return to the Yorkshire Dales for the arduous fell event

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Victoria Wilkinson is seeking a third consecutive win in the iconic Three Peaks Race this weekend.

The Bingley Harrier is one of the big names in action as the historic race comes back for its 64th incarnation. Taking in the three highest peaks in the Yorkshire Dales, Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, runners face 23 miles with 5,279ft of ascent and descent, making the event arguably the toughest fell race on the calendar.

Wilkinson, who last year broke the course record with 3 hours 9 minutes 19 seconds, is chasing a fourth win, having also won in 2014.

Among those hoping to beat her back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale will be Charlotte Morgan and Helen Berry, who were third in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Former Spine Race winner Beth Pascall is also entered, while world mountain running bronze medallist Emma Clayton makes her debut in the event. 

Wendy Dodds, who holds the women's record of 34 completed Three Peaks, is back again, having missed only three since her debut.

On the men's side, Murray Strain returns to defend his title as one of four recent winners in action. Ricky Lighfoot, champion in 2014 and 2015, 2011 winner Tom Owens and 2008 winner Jethro Lennox line up, along with Christopher Holdsworth, who was third last year, GB mountain international Tom Addison, plus the experienced Thomas Payn and Robbie Britton.