Ricky Lightfoot

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Ricky Lightfoot
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Full nameRicky Lightfoot
Nationality British
Born (1985-03-31) 31 March 1985 (age 36)

Ricky William Lightfoot (born 31 March 1985 [1] ) is a British runner who has been a world champion in trail running and a medallist in the World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge.

Biography

Lightfoot began competing in fell races at the age of fourteen after being inspired by his school caretaker Brian Taylor [2] and was encouraged by his parents Robert and Kathleen. [3] He has been sponsored by Salomon since 2008. [4]

He has won several of the most prestigious fell races, including the Three Peaks Race, [5] Wasdale, [6] Borrowdale, [7] Ennerdale, [8] the Three Shires [9] and Skiddaw. [10] He won the Lakeland Classics Trophy series in 2007 [11] and 2015. [12]

He has also competed domestically on other surfaces, winning the Brampton to Carlisle and Derwentwater 10 road races and the Cumbria Cross Country Championships. [13]

Internationally, Lightfoot won the Zegama-Aizkorri race in 2009 [14] and finished third in that season’s Skyrunner World Series. [15] He was also third in the World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge that year when the event was incorporated into the Kaisermarathon in Söll. [16]

He won the Hammer Trail in Denmark, his first ultramarathon, in 2012. [17] In 2013, he won the IAU Trail World Championships when the competition was held in Llanrwst. [18] Also that year, he won the Trail du Colorado in Réunion [19] and the Otter Trail Run in South Africa. [20]

In 2014, he was victorious at the Dodo Trail in Mauritius [21] and the following year he won the Ultra Skymarathon Madeira. [22]

Lightfoot works as a firefighter, based at Workington Fire Station [23] and is managed by Iconic Agency [24]

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