Your Name: Tremayne Cowdry
Occupation: Self employed Landscaper
Home Town: Maidstone
What is your running background? Ran as a junior, gave it up, started again as a senior.
When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why? My first ultra marathon was the Doyen of the Downs in 2009. I read Ultramarathon man and decided there and then that I wanted to run the Western States 100. I trained for several years before entering but I still haven’t got through the lottery, this year will be my 5th year of entering. Although Western states is the dream, I’m having a fantastic journey getting there.
When or where (at which events) are we most likely to see you? Mountain races, flat races, LDWA events, Park runs, pretty much any where really.
What are your personal key running achievements to date? UTMB finish, Dragons Back finish, Sub 18hr 100 mile pb. I would love to beat my 100 pb but can’t see it anytime soon.
What was your hardest race experience? UTMB was mental. So tough.
What events do you have planned for 2015 up to Spartathlon? Canalathon 100k, London Marathon, Thames path 100, Northern Traverse 190, UTLD 110k, Lakeland 100.
What is your typical race strategy for an ultra? The last few years have been flat out from the start and hang on but this year I’m going for the more steady approach.
What does a typical training week look like? Interval session, Hill session, Long run, Easy run, Core session, Leg session plus a labour intensive job everyday. I try not to train on Mondays, I hate Mondays.
What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time? Massive mileage weeks don’t suit everyone, usually they are just a one way ticket to injury.
Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself? My physio told me my body is f****d.
Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before? Yes
How did you get on? Awful. Timed out at 70 mile with blown quads.
What tip would you pass on to those taking part for the first time? Work on your leg strength in the coming months.
What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race? The start at the Acropolis is amazing
What are you not looking forward to during the Spartathlon race? The thought that my quads could blow again
How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race? Since my DNF last year I have been working on my quads every week and more tarmac running.
Will you be bringing any support crew to the race? Yes my wife.