Tough ultra test for accountants. Picture: Stephenson Smart

Two accountants from a West Norfolk firm have pushed themselves to their physical limits by running an ultra marathon.

  Neil Gayton, manager at Stephenson Smart in King’s Lynn and Martyn Benstead, partner at Fakenham, completed the 62-mile race on a hot Saturday. 

  They started at Peddars Way in Castle Acre at 7am and finished 14 hours and 38 minutes later at Beeston.

Run by Positive Steps Events, the 100km course is part of a trio of races. The duo also ran the 48-mile Peddars Way Trail in January and hope to complete the third race soon – a shorter 50km.

“Most people start with the 50km and build themselves up, but Martyn and I seem to have attempted the most difficult and left the 50km till last,” said Mr Gayton.

“It was really hard because there wasn’t a lot of shade on the coastal path and you are very exposed, but there was good camaraderie and everyone looked out for each other.

“The shingle beach at Cley was horrendous and every time we hit the top of a hill at Sheringham we kept thinking we were nearing the finish line – only to be met with another hill! It was really great to watch the sunset though.”

  Mr Benstead said:  “I think we were both happy with the time because you have a goal you want to reach and we certainly came within that.”

  Mr Gayton added: “I’m not sure what comes next, but I quite fancy entering in the Ironman Triathlon competition. I think the 112-mile bike ride may need some considering though.”