Ricky Lightfoot

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Ricky Lightfoot
2017 Causey Pike Fell Race Ricky Lighftoot.jpg
Personal information
Full nameRicky Lightfoot
Nationality British
Born (1985-03-31) 31 March 1985 (age 37)
Workington, Cumbria, England
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Fell running, trail running, ultramarathon
ClubEllenborough Athletic Club

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.



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] Lightfoot is a member of Ellenborough AC. [5]

He has won several of the most prestigious fell races, including the Three Peaks Race, [6] Wasdale, [7] Borrowdale, [8] Ennerdale, [9] the Three Shires [10] and Skiddaw. [11] He won the Lakeland Classics Trophy series in 2007 [12] and 2015. [13]

He has also competed domestically on other surfaces, winning the Brampton to Carlisle and Derwentwater 10 road races and the Cumbria Cross Country Championships. [14]

Internationally, Lightfoot won the Zegama-Aizkorri race in 2009 [15] and finished third in that season’s Skyrunner World Series. [16] He was also third in the World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge that year when the event was incorporated into the Kaisermarathon in Söll. [17]

He won the Hammer Trail in Denmark, his first ultramarathon, in 2012. [18] In 2013, he won the IAU Trail World Championships when the competition was held in Llanrwst. [19] Also that year, he won the Trail du Colorado in Réunion [20] and the Otter Trail Run in South Africa. [21]

In 2014, he was victorious at the Dodo Trail in Mauritius [22] and the following year he won the Ultra SkyMarathon Madeira. [23]

In 2022, he won the Man versus Horse Marathon. [5]

Lightfoot works as a firefighter, based at Workington Fire Station [24] and is managed by Iconic Agency. [25]

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  1. Association of Road Racing Statisticians: Ricky Lightfoot.
  2. iRunFar: The Fells Favourite Son: An Interview with Ricky Lightfoot.
  3. Times & Star: Fell Running Lightfoot Lives up to his Name.
  4. Cotswold Outdoor: An Interview with Trail Running World Champion Ricky Lightfoot.
  5. 1 2 "Man v horse: Powys race won by runner Ricky Lightfoot". BBC News . 12 June 2022.
  6. Grough: Ricky Lightfoot Squeezes Three Peaks Race Win Between Firefighting Night Shifts.
  7. Cumberland & Westmorland Herald: Bell and Collison in Impressive Form at Wasdale Horseshoe Race.
  8. Times & Star: Lightfoot Storms to Borrowdale Win.
  9. Lakeland Classics Trophy: Ennerdale 2007 Results.
  10. The Westmorland Gazette: Lightfoot is King of Three Shires.
  11. Keswick AC: Skiddaw Fell Race 2009.
  12. Graham Breeze, "Broken Records: 6th (2007) Lakeland Classics Trophy", The Fellrunner, Spring 2008, 44-46.
  13. Lakeland Classics Trophy: 2015 Results.
  14. Power of 10: Ricky Lightfoot.
  15. Zegama-Aizkorri: Classifications.
  16. Skyrunner World Series: 2009 Ranking.
  17. IAAF: Lauenstein and Pichrtova win Kaisermarathon Titles in Söll.
  18. Salomon Trail Tour: Hammertime: Ricky Lightfoot Relives his Danish 50 Miler at the Hammer Trail.
  19. IAAF: Lightfoot and Mauclair triumph at IAU Trail World Championships.
  20. Trail du Colorado: Winners.
  21. Otter Trail Run: Records Fall as the Best Chase the Grail.
  22. Eruption Studio on YouTube: The Dodo Trail 2014.
  23. iancorless.com: Ultra Skymarathon Madeira 2015.
  24. News & Star: The Light Feet of Ricky Lightfoot.
  25. "People – Iconic Agency".