Named after its original vanquisher, Phillip Tranter, the “Tranter’s Round” boasts no fewer than 20 sizeable peaks across two chains of peaks and is still considered to be a 24-hour tour. Helen Bonsor starts the tour at 05:57 a.m. and achieves her objective of completing the circuit in a little over half of the original time at 06:22 p.m.
After some failed attempts in 2011, a renewed approach is undertaken, involving a high degree of preparation, copious hours inspecting the route and a fervent hope for good weather. The athlete herself describes her passion for trail running: “My favorite races include Alpine stage races, where I can run for long days in high mountains over technically demanding terrain… stage by stage.” It is hardly surprising that since 2011 she has been the unable to get the “Tranter Round” out of her head.
Helen Bonsor was born in the Lake District on July 28, 1985, and currently lives in Edinburgh. Helen was in her early twenties when she discovered trail running through her love for mountain sports and her fascination with racing, and since then she has managed to win the Transalpine (2015) and the Salomon 4 Trails (2015), to name just two of her successes. Since 2013, Helen has also been a member of the Mammut Trail Running Pro Team.