Name: Mich Hardie
Occupation: Supervisor for the Council.
Home Town: Portsmouth
What is your running background?
I’ve always enjoyed running, did my first marathon at 31 2nd 5 years later then it snowballed.
When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?
Around 2012 I started going up in distance working up from 50k, 50 mile 85mile and my first 100 was Centurions Southdowns Way which caught my imagination. I was inspired by club mates and wanted to challenge myself.
When or where (at which events) are we most likely to see you?
I’d like to think I’m up for any distance, though recently I’ve neglected shorter events, I did the canal slam last year and would like to have another go at that and am keen on another 24 he track race.
What are your personal key running achievements to date?
I’ve had some good placings & topped the 2021 Canal slam (though I wouldn’t have been close this year).
What was your hardest experience?
Has to be my last attempt at Spartathlon when I got to the finish but went over the time by 23 mins but I’d given all I had.
What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?
Run at a comfortable pace in order to still be running in the later stages, drink and eat regularly (I’m pretty good at this) and minimise stops, get what you need and push on.
What does a typical training week look like?
I’ll run most days and just try and mix it up but I will for rest when I think it will be more beneficial.
What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time?
Just believe you will finish, get it in your head your prepared to use all the available time if that’s what it takes. Most of us have given up with ample time to spare and felt fine once the pressure is off.
Tell us one interesting fact about you?
I was an extra in Adrian Mole as it was filmed at my school.
Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?
Yes in 2016, as I’ve mentioned I reached the finish but ran over time.
Where did you get your qualifier for Spartathlon:
What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?
The magic that is Spartathlon, the camaraderie and reaching the King.
What are you not looking forward to during the Spartathlon race?
I’m sticking with a positive mind set.
How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?
Build on the mileage but try and be smart.
Will you be bringing any support crew to the race? (If so, please introduce them briefly)
My wife Amy will be keeping me in check and I’m already indebted for her attention to detail when it comes to organising.