Your Name: Rich Cranswick
Occupation: Data Analyst
Home Town: Worthing
What is your running background?
I ran road & track way back in the 90s when I was younger, fitter distances were shorter and I recovered quicker. Competed reasonably well at Junior level, but gave up running once I found pies and beer at 18.
When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?
I started running again after I realised I’d spent 24 years eating way too many pies, but found I was much slower than I had been.
My introduction to Ultras was seeing Mimi on the Russell Howard Show.
It seemed a marvelously insane thing to do, so I decided to try.
My first true Ultra was the SVP 100k, though I’d done a lot of 24h walking so had the legs to get through, but leading through half way was probably not the best tactic and I blew up spectacularly – we all make mistakes in the beginning.
When or where are we most likely to see you?
Joust 24 in September, which will be my 4th event, and Last One Standing Northern Ireland in February which will be my 5th.
Both excellent low-key events in great locations.
What are your personal key running achievements to date?
Jogle completion (and half way back again), 2 Joust wins, 2nd in the Thames Ring, eating all the pies at every event I do.
What was your hardest race experience?
UTMB – I bailed at CP1 after realising I can’t do hills and don’t like skinny kids with sticks jabbing me down hillsides while I lumber along.
Hardest non-race: Facing an endless stream of reckless drivers on Jogle.
What events do you have planned for 2019 up to Spartathlon?
KACR July & Joust Sep
What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?
Run a bit, walk a bit, eat lots of pies
What does a typical training week look like?
I don’t really train, so there’s no typical week. I might go out for a 60 on a weekend, but I tend to use my races as training and build-up for the main events.
What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time?
Go slow, smile, eat cake.
Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?
I have a thing for costumes.
Especially chicken costumes.
Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?
Nope, though I’ve been trying to get in since I started Ultras in 2013.
What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?
What are you not looking forward to during the Spartathlon race?
The mountain. Potential lack of pies.
How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?
Not sure yet. Probably eating less pies and doing some training.
I don’t really do crewed. It’ll be nice not to be packing a Sawyer filter for once.
Or maybe I should..