Evans top­ples Charles II

Even floods and bad weather can’t slow him

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Lee-Stu­art Evans is claim­ing a Fastest Known Time of 16 days and nine hours for the 675-mile Monarch’s Way. No one is known to have trav­elled the route in full since Charles II fled the Bat­tle of Worces­ter in 1651 and jour­neyed through the Cotswolds, Mendips, and South Downs to reach the West Sus­sex coast­line, which took the king 42 days.

How hard was it? “Very,” Evans told TR. “This was with­out a doubt the tough­est thing I’ve ever done. The weather was un­usu­ally aw­ful and most of the Mid­lands flooded. My pack weighed about 8kg. As the route is not used fre­quently, in places there aren’t clear paths, so nav­i­ga­tion is tricky.”

Evans spent up to 20 hours a day mov­ing. “I had a huge level of sup­port from friends. By the last 48 hours I had a small en­tourage who made a week­end party of it. It made the fin­ish very spe­cial.”

Evans says the route has given his run­ning new fo­cus. “I’ll al­ways be im­mensely proud of be­ing the first to do it. By set­ting your own goals out­side an or­gan­ised trail run you find your­self in­ter­act­ing more with the lo­cal com­mu­nity, spend­ing money on a lo­cal level and meet­ing more peo­ple. It’s changed my outlook on out­door ad­ven­ture.”

Tack­ling a truly his­toric route, Lee-Stu­art crowned it with a record

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