Collison and Watson seal wins in the SILVA Northern Traverse Ultra

Kim Collison 300km ultra

Kim Collison and Lisa Watson have claimed wins in the 2022 SILVA Northern Traverse, a continuous 300km footrace from St Bees on the west coast of England to Robin Hood’s Bay on the east coast.

In the men’s event, Collison (pictured)  led from start to finish, heading out fast and never looking like being caught. In the women’s race, Watson started steadily, but had moved to the front of the field by the time she had completed half of the Cumbrian section, and she built a cushion from then.

Kim Collison completed the 2022 SILVA Northern Traverse in 44 hours, 24 minutes and 30 seconds, almost three hours ahead of Rory Harris (47:29:02) in second, with Scott Newburn third in 50:36:41. Lisa Watson wonthe women’s race in 52:52:57, with Elaine Bisson second (56:21:29) and Jenny Yeothird (59:27:07).

The SILVA Northern Traversefollows the well-established coast to coast route created by Alfred Wainwright, through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors. A field of 158 ultra-runners had signed up to take part in the 300km event, and the race began at 10:30am on Saturday morning on the beach at St. Bees. Kim Collison reached the finishing line a little before 7:00am on Monday, dipping his foot in the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire.

Companion event the SILVA Lakes Traverse also started at St Bees on Saturday morning and was a 100km footrace using the same race infrastructure, logistics and staffing, and finishing in Shap after a traverse of the Lake District National Park fells.Daniel Weller won the men’s race and Katie KaarsSijpesteijn was second overall, and first woman.

Entries for the 2023SILVA Northern Traverse and SILVA Lakes Traverse will open on Friday 25 March. Find out more at, along with full 2022 race reports.

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