Thank you to Rob Pinnington for putting together this months update.
The British Spartathlon Runners & Crew T-Shirts have arrived. Many thanks to Dave Ireland and our other sponsors Lorna Newson and Danny Corr. Matt Mahoney is arranging postage of all the kit (T-Shirts, Buffs and Hats) to each of you of your order.
Please make sure you respond to his request for your delivery addresses. Unfortunately we don’t have budget to pay for the postage. So Matt will need reimbursing from your own pockets.
Crew T-Shirt Design (Photo by Matt Mahoney)
Crew T-Shirt Design (Photo by Matt Mahoney)
The final list of trackers has been published thanks to Richard Weremiuk of Race Drone for the sponsorship The ones who signed up are:
You can follow the above listed people here on the race.
New UK Ultra Running Magazine
Andy Nuttall who made a contribution to the team has published the first issue of his magazine Ultra available here. We hope to cover the British Spartathlon teams efforts this year in a future issue.
Racing / Events
Some of the British Spartathlon Team have been racing in events, whilst the others are (hopefully) all busy training for September.
Several members of the team took part in the Lakeland 50 & 100 event a difficult and challenging Ultra Marathon which takes place in the Lake District.
Debbie Martin-Consani came 2nd in the Lakeland 50 event and Isobel Wykes came joint 3rd in the Lakeland 100.
Lawrence Eccles came 7th in the Lakeland 100. Unfortunately Jon Steele had to withdraw from the event with breathing issues and will be focussing for recovering and getting fit for Sparta.
Debbie Martin-Consani pictured during the Lakeland 50 event.
Paul Ali ran the Endure 12/50 50k, a small evening to night time trail ultra. He finished in 3.53 coming 4th out of 40 runners and followed this up with a 3.05 finish for 3rd place out of 72 runners in the Phoenix Summer Marathon two weeks later. Paul Stout also took part and completed the Phoenix Summer Marathon event after a difficult run.
Paul Ali (centre) and Paul Stout (right) pictured. (Photo by Fi McNelis)
Neil Cloke completed the Ice Trail Tarentaise in France mid July. Running and climbing over mountainous snowy terrain at altitude is probably a little different than a hot, dusty roads of Greece but it’s all good preparation.
Neil Cloke pictured.
Ian Thomas completed the Fairlands Valley Challenge off road 50k on 19th July finishing joint 5th but reporting a tough day at the office to dehydration thanks to a faulty Salomon flask. Ian is also planning to run the Stour Valley Special Marathon on 1st August and two weeks later the Stour Valley 100k.
Training / Other News
Our beloved ‘Captain Pink’ (Mimi) is on Holiday in the Alps geeting a lot of training done in the alps with crew which includes our accountant Becky Healey.
James Ellis and Jamie Holmes have been spending some time training (and team bonding) in the Peak District as pictured below. Paul Rawlinson has also been spending some time hiking around the mountains in Chamonix during the past month.
Training in the Peak District
Martin Illot has been spending some time cross training and he recently completed the L’Etape au Tour which was described as an arduous cycling sportive in the Alps where he spent over 10 hours in the saddle in 30C heat.
Martin Illot (left) pictured.
For those Strava users, we have setup a British Spartathlon Team Strava Group so we can share training information (or just for stalking other runners). The Strava Group for the team can be found here, feel free to join the group.
I (Rob) am on holiday in Tenerife and getting in lots of speed work and tempo runs and have the Leipzig 100km planned for the middle week of August as a build up run.
Good luck to Sean Maley who is taking part in La Ultra – The High with former British Spartathlete Mark Woolley.
We hope everyone’s training is going well and we will post a further update towards the end of August/early September.
Your Name: Isobel Wykes
Home Town: Truro, Cornwall
Twitter Account: @IzzyWykes
What is your running background?
I currently run with Truro Running Club and compete at various distances from 5km to the 145mile Grand Union Canal Race. I like to run – a lot!
When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?
I was handed a flyer for a 50k race at the London Marathon expo in 2003. I entered, ran and was hooked. Back then, ultras were far less popular than they are today. Over the next couple of years I ran a few 100km races and the iconic London to Brighton road race before taking a break from it to concentrate on other things and start a family. I started competing in Ultras again in 2012, running and winning the Dartmoor Discovery and the Classic Quarter which secured a spot on the England Team for the Anglo-Celtic Plate 100km Championships.
When or where (at which events) are we most likely to see you?
Anything and everything! I ran Transvulcania last year and then the Grand Union Canal race 2 weeks later! I prefer road to off-road running, as I’m scared of cows and heights, I don’t like mud and I tend to get lost!
What are your personal key running achievements to date?
It has to be my run at the Tooting Bec 24 hour race. I was second overall, (it was a female 1-2-3 – go girls!) and the distance I covered (231km) ranked me as 5th in the World for 2014 and 6th on the UK all-time list for 24 hours.
What was your hardest race experience?
I was lucky enough to be selected to run for Great Britain in the World Trail running Championships in 2013. It was 5x loops of about 9 miles. Somehow on the 3rd loop, I lost my way and ended up in the middle of the forest not knowing which direction to go in. I backtracked, but still could not find my way. When I finally managed to rejoin the route, I had lost so much time and had covered an extra 2 miles and was right at the back of the field. The frustration and disappointment was huge and I just wanted to stop, but I carried on to finish the race. It took a lot of mental strength to continue and stay focused and get the job done!
What events do you have planned for 2015 up to Spartathlon?
World and European 24 hour Championships, April
Lakeland 100, July
What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?
To start off steady and maintain the pace throughout.
What does a typical training week look like?
I have 3 young children so finding time to train is tricky. However, I try to do a couple of speed sessions a week and a long run at the weekend. I do core strength exercises and yoga to supplement the running.
What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time?
Get some good tunes on your iPod!
Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?
What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?
I remember teaching my Year 5 class at the time about Spartathlon never thinking that one day I would actually be able to run it. I’m looking forward to all of it!
What are you not looking forward to during the Spartathlon race?
Bad tan lines
How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?
I’d love to say I would fly to some exotic location for some warm weather training, but the reality is I’ll just be doing my usual stuff in the good old British summertime!
Will you be bringing any support crew to the race? (If so, please introduce them briefly)
Andrew Ferguson (finisher of GUCR, UTMB and The Spine Challenger)