Richardson is an ultra star

Andrew Richardson.
Andrew Richardson.

Andrew Richardson has proven himself as an ultra athlete.

The Boston man beat off the competition of 842 other competitors to win The Wall - a 69-mile ultra marathon.

Organised by Rat Race Adventure Sports, The Wall saw participants complete a cross-country journey through Hadrian’s Wall country, from the 1,000-year-old Carlisle Castle to Newcastle Gateshead Quayside.

Richardson (pictured), from Wash Road, won the expert division of the race to finish in 10 hours 23 minutes.

Speaking about winning the race, he said: “I’ve been running in triathlons for six years or so, and I really wanted another challenge.

“I’d been partaking in marathons recently and The Wall Ultra just seemed like a natural step to me. It was a fantastic day all round.”

Following a superb running line across Northern England with varied terrain, some participants completed the challenge as one single 69-mile stage, while others enjoyed a well needed break halfway in the overnight location at Vindolanda situated right next to 2,000-year-old remains of a Roman fort.

The sense of history was all around as the runners tackled the hilliest part of the route in Northumberland National Park.

Launched in 2012 The Wall has achieved almost cult status due to its iconic credentials.

It has been widely praised for both the quality of its delivery and its completion rate - 90 per cent of runners completed the route this year.