Name: Chris Larmour

Occupation: Electrician

Home Town: Eastbourne

Questions

What is your running background?

I have always been active with having an Army background, I passed P company at 18 years old to join the Paratroopers. Fast forward several years and 2 kids later I hadn’t run in in years and had gained a few pounds so to speak. So, 2015 I picked up the old running trainers and started doing some 5k runs to get fit, these led to 10k, then 10 miles, then half marathons etc etc…. you can see where this is going!

When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?

2016 I was bang into the running thing, then I heard about the South Downs Way 50 miler so living on the south coast on the foot of the downs I just had to give this a go and really enjoyed it…… then I heard about people who can run 100 miles!

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

This could quite literally be anywhere, I’m a sucker for a medal and T shirt but probably most likely anywhere on the South Downs. UKultra have started 50k, 100k and 100 mile events in my home town socprobably give these a go next year.

What are your personal key running achievements to date?

It goes without saying that to achieve a qualifier time for Spartathlon was a big one for me but completing Lakeland 100 this year (Aug 2022) after a horrible DNF there last year felt pretty good and also bettering my Arc of Attrition finish time by over 4 hours this year was amazing too.

What was your hardest experience?

Oooh tricky one, I think probably in 2017 when I did the Centurion 100 grand slam I was on the NDW and tried a new race strategy and it went badly wrong. To cut a very long story short I had to death march the best part of 20 miles to get a finish and keep the dream alive….. Big lessons learned that day.

What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?

Run for as long as I can then cling on for the remainder!!!

What does a typical training week look like?

Normally around 80 miles a week as there is just no more time to squeeze anymore in, I’d be doing a mixture of trail, road, hills and flat. My dog Milo is the best training partner I could ask for, he is a border collie and we will often be as stubborn as each other as to who gives in first.

What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time?

Don’t worry about a time, just do what you love and run free then you’ll enjoy it. Ask questions to people who know as the ultra-community support each other all the way from 1st timers to experienced runners. Do it for you and nobody else. Chase the dream.

Tell us one interesting fact about you?

I have a pair of eyes tattooed somewhere on my body that you can’t see unless you are “cheeky” and ask to see them.

Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?

No

Where did you get your qualifier for Spartathlon:

What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?

A run in the sun, and having the privilege to be part of something so special. Also sharing the experience with Steve my crewer, he has been with me through so many races and I owe it to him for being on the starting list. (Don’t tell my wife, she’s really pi***d off she’s not coming lol)

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

Naturally the cut offs but also being away from home.

How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?

I put a lot into training for lakeland so it will be ticking over, staying heathy and making sure I’m fully fit and recovered.

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

Yep as mentioned above. Steve knows me probably better than I do and there is nobody I’d rather have by my side than him


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