Giggleswick School teacher completes arduous ultra run

Chris Wright finished the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, a 171km circuit of Europe's highest mountain with 10,300m of ascent, in 45 hours and 49 minutes

Giggleswick School’s Head of Outdoor Pursuits is celebrating after completing the gruelling Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB).

Chris Wright finished the Alpine ultra run, a 171km circuit of Europe’s highest mountain with 10,300m of ascent, in 45 hours and 49 minutes, one of 1,779 finishers from 2,500 who started. 

Chris runs the school’s outdoor pursuits department offering pupils the chance to develop skills in lots of different outdoor activities including climbing, orienteering, cycling, caving and mountaineering. 

He said: “The UTMB was an incredible experience. It is the hardest thing I have ever done, but the most amazing feeling to cross the finish line, especially as more than 30% of starters pulled out. The race attracts great support and interest in Chamonix and is truly an international event with athletes from all over the world taking part.”

“The UTMB took dedication, fitness and enormous strength of mind, and we are all in awe of what was an incredible adventure.”

“I met lots of interesting people and was privileged to run in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, visiting three countries along the way,” he added. “It was exhausting, uplifting and unforgettable.”

Giggleswick School Headmaster Mark Turnbull said: “A huge well done to Chris from our entire school community on a fantastic achievement. Chris is a great inspiration to us all. The UTMB took dedication, fitness and enormous strength of mind, and we are all in awe of what was an incredible adventure.”

Chris is now busy organising an ultra running conference that will be held at Giggleswick School in April next year.