Your Name: Russell Tullett
Home Town: Portsmouth
Twitter Account: None as I’m technically inept (the wife is filling this in for me!)
What is your running background?
I started running at the age of 48 to help my daughter lose weight.
When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?
As soon as I started running ultra running was what I wanted to do mainly because I like to feel pain and I like to do things that are a challenge.
When or where (at which events) are we most likely to see you!
You will see me at all Centurion Races (bar my wedding day!). After only running for two years my both my knees required operations (not due to the running) and volunteering at Centurion events was my life saver and kept me focused on my ultimate goals.
What are your personal key running achievements to date?
Finishing my first 100 mile at Autumn 100 8 months after my second knee operation.
Tootoing Bec 24 hour track achieving my qualifying time for Spartathlon
What was your hardest race experience?
Ridgeway 86 mile event. I had to drag myself though the night when temperatures dropped dramatically and had not fully prepared for this.
What events do you have planned for 2018 up to Spartathlon?
What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?
Run/walk to a specific strict strategy. I work best with structure.
What does a typical training week look like?
Whatever my coach tells me to do.
What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time?
Have a plan and stick to it as best you can.
Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?
I was a power lifter for about 12 years
Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?
No – but I have been there for 5 years crewing others
How did you get on?
I may have not have run it yet but as a regular supporter I know the course very well and what it can do to even the best of runners
What tip would you pass on to those taking part for the first time?
Don’t under estimate it – it’s harder than what you could ever imagine
What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?
1) Being at the start line and 2) Finishing
What are you not looking forward to during the Spartathlon race?
There is nothing I am not looking forward to – bring on the pain.
How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?
Doing exactly what my coach tells me to do!
Will you be bringing any support crew to the race?
I will be bringing my two wives – my Centurion race wife (Nici Griffin) my real wife of 8 months (Sandra Tullett). I also have my good friend and Spartathlon hero Rob Pinnington crewing (providing he behaves himself!)