Name: Cameron Humphries

Occupation: Restaurant Manager 

Home Town: Colchester

Questions

What is your running background?

I was ok through school and college. Then at Uni I would head out for runs to balance out the beer intake! It was around 2012 that I really started to train properly and managed a 1:26 half marathon at Reading in Spring 2013 having previously only managed 1:57 or slower. This gave me encouragement that I could do well and the rest was history. 

When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?

My first ‘ultra’ was a race called World’s Toughest Mudder in 2013 over in America. A 24 hour assault course it was a leap into the unknown with my previous longest effort a trail marathon in 4 hours 44! I went through all the usual ultra emotions and pushed way outside my comfort zone. The course contained lake swims, crawls under barbed wire and 10 foot walls to scale. It physically broke me but in the end I covered 65 miles which was good enough for a finish in the top 60 out of 800 competitors. Needless to say I was hooked and looking for my next hit.

When or where (at which events) are we most likely to see you?

Parkrun?! Truth be told I don’t race too much preferring for one or two big challenges in a year rather than racing regularly throughout. I don’t have a particular loyalty to any race or distance. I love 5ks as much as I do a multi day! 

What are your personal key running achievements to date?

137 miles in 24 hours at Tooting Bec. 

Finishing Spartathlon. 

16:27 5k last summer. 

Attempting Mark Cockbain’s 3 peaks ultra in June. I managed 265 miles from Ben Nevis to Scafell Pike in 5 days. Unfortunately my feet had taken a battering and I had to pull out at start of day 6 so never reached Snowdon. 

What was your hardest experience?

Pulling out of the 3 peaks due to agonising foot pain caused by blisters. 

What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?

Usually quite sensible, this has led to some great results. But can be frustrating when you start slow and the legs never liven up. 

What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?

Usually quite sensible, this has led to some great results. But can be frustrating when you start slow and the legs never liven up. 

What does a typical training week look like?

This year I’ve averaged about 50 a week, with 1 or 2 hard sessions, a Parkrun and a bunch of easy runs. 

Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?

Yes – 2017 – Finished with 25 minutes to spare after an epic capitulation on day 2. It was great! 

Where did you get your qualifier for Spartathlon:

Flitch Way 12 hour

What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?

Greek hospitality 

The mountain section 

Post race celebrations with the team 

What are you not looking forward to during the Spartathlon race?

Nothing, want to embrace every aspect of it again 

How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?

Sauna training about to kick in 

Will you be bringing any support crew to the race? (If so, please introduce them briefly)

Yes, my fiancée Oui. Looking forward to sharing the journey with her. 


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