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Jamie Holmes

Runners Profile

Your Name: Jamie Holmes

Occupation: I run a small Management Consultancy firm

Home Town: Wandsworth, London

Running Background

What is your running background?

I started running in 2002 as running a marathon was on my bucket list. Until then I had not run further than 3 miles in my life.

When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?

I ran the Comrades Marathon in 2006. I met a man training for this back in 2002 when I was training for the London Marathon – the thought back then was of utter amazement that anyone could run anything further than a marathon – so once I had done London Marathon a couple of times it seemed like a good challenge. It was wonderful.

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

I tend to run on my own or with a small group of friends (David Bone, James Ellis and Darren Strachan). All four of us are running Spartathlon this year – unbelievable luck given the odds of all getting in. We don’t enter too many events, but all love to run the Brighton Marathon.

What are your personal key running achievements to date?

I have a marathon PB of 3:18, a 100km PB of 9:38 a 24 hour PB of 112.36 miles and a Sparta finish in 2015 of 35h 39m.

What was your hardest race experience?

Running the wonderfully punishing Spartathlon – although crewing for James Ellis for Sparta 2016 made me realise just how hard it is on the crew as well!!!

What events do you have planned for 2017 up to Spartathlon?

Nothing official as the ones I wanted to do are all scheduled when I am away – so lots of time running wherever I can!

What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?

Enjoy it, smile and cling on for dear life!

What does a typical training week look like?

I have the good fortune of being approx. 7 miles run from work – so for me, running to and from work at least 3 or 4 times per week is a great base level training plan. My plan is also then to run long Friday mornings and then a long Saturday. I am not big on gym or strength work, despite knowing it will help, I never get around to doing it. Having now had experience with Sparta, I am planning on doing lots of hill work. I love my cycling so that will fill in the gaps when I am not running.

What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time? Keep an eye out for anyone looking like they are in trouble and help them out. This will help them enormously but actually keeps your mind off your own agonies at the same time. And the third benefit is that if everyone adopts this tip then when you are the one in trouble then there will always be people around keen to help!

Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?

In 1966 my father built and ran the Hellas Can factory in Corinth (the first major checkpoint of the race) – when I ran the race in 2015 I suspect his highlight was popping in to the factory and giving out some service awards to some of the employees.

Spartathlon Questions

Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?

Yes, in 2015

How did you get on?

The most love/hate relationship – I think my race report is on the site somewhere, so take a look. The good news is that I finished, the bad news is that I then fainted whilst having a shower back in the hotel – the lovely Paul Ali gave me his shorts because my luggage had been misplaced!

What tip would you pass on to those taking part for the first time?

If you don’t have any crew then you are truly hard core! Start off as slow as is comfortable and then keep going at that pace for as long as possible!!! Walk up the hills and enjoy the rest. Enjoy the whole magical experience.

What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?

The whole event is magical. But being part of the UK team (runners and crew) adds another dimension. And then to top it all, running with my 3 running buddies – what could be better?

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

The blisters and the pain in the quads coming down hill!

How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?

Hill training and getting the distance in the legs

Will you be bringing any support crew to the race?

Oh yes – I think the whole family is coming – Chevs (wife) will be crewing and then I have my two sisters, one brother-in-law and my Mum and Dad – there is also the possibility that some of the team from our Bulgaria office my “pop over”.

British Spartathlon Team News – July 2015

Thank you to Rob Pinnington for putting together this months update.

Sponsors

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.

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Crew T-Shirt Design (Photo by Matt Mahoney)

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Crew T-Shirt Design (Photo by Matt Mahoney)

 

Trackers

The final list of trackers has been published thanks to Richard Weremiuk of Race Drone for the sponsorship The ones who signed up are:

Dan Lawson
Debbie Martin
Ian Thomas
Isolbel Wykes
James Ellis
Jamie Holmes
Martin Ilott
Matthew Mahoney
Mimi Anderson
Neil Cloke
Paul Ali
Paul Corderoy
Paul Rowlinson
Paul Stout
Peter Goldring
Rob PInnington
Sean Maley
Sharon Law
Tremayne Cowdry

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Rob

Jamie Holmes

About Jamie

Your Name: Jamie Holmes

Occupation: I run a small Management Consultancy firm

Home Town: London

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Runners Questions

What is your running background?

I started running in 2002 as running a marathon was on my bucket list. Until then I had not run further than 3 miles in my life.

 

When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?

I ran the Comrades Marathon in 2006. I met a man training for this back in 2002 when I was training for the London Marathon – the thought back then was of utter amazement that anyone could run anything further than a marathon – so once I had done London Marathon a couple of times it seemed like a good challenge. It was wonderful.

 

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

I tend to run on my own or with a small team of friends (all four of us entered this year’s Spartathlon but only 2 of the 4 got in (me and James Ellis) and the other 2 (David Bone and Darren Strachan are on the waiting list). We don’t enter too many events, but all love to run the Brighton Marathon and it really depends what we need to qualify for.

 

What are your personal key running achievements to date?

Whilst compared to many of the British Spartathlon team, I suspect my achievements are lowly, but I have a marathon PB of 3:18, a 100km PB of 9:38 and managed to get 112.36 miles in the 24 hour race we ran last year to qualify for Sparta.

 

What was your hardest race experience?

It has to be the 24 hour Ultra Run last October in Ashburn Place, East Sussex.

 

What events do you have planned for 2015 up to Spartathlon?

Not sure at present – we are just planning the runs now. We rather fancy running Hadrian’s Wall, but probably try to do this unaided and I quite fancy the British Ultrafest on 8th August although not for the full 24 hours as this is too close to Sparta

 

What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?

To see if I can complete it!

 

What does a typical training week look like?

I have the good fortune of being approx. 7 miles run from work – so for me, running to and from work at least 3 or 4 times per week is a great base level training plan. My plan is also then to run long Friday mornings and then a long Saturday. I am not big on gym or strength which I need to start to do and I love my cycling that will fill in the gaps when I am not running.

 

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

Keep an eye out for anyone looking like they are in trouble and help them out. This will help them enormously but actually keeps your mind off your own agonies at the same time. And the third benefit is that if everyone adopts this tip then when you are the one in trouble then there will always be people around keen to help!

 

Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?  

My sister lives in Botswana and during a recent visit to see her she managed to organize for me to run with the Kalahari Bushmen out into the bush – I attach a photo with a couple of them.

 

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Spartathlon Questions

Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?

No

 

What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?

There is no denying it, kissing the foot of King Leonidas’ statue at the finish is the thing I am most looking forward to – but I can imagine summiting Mount Parthenio will be epic.

 

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

Summiting Mount Parthenio and the heat on day one leaving Athens.

 

How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?

Not sure yet – but having my mate James next to me will make a significant difference and hopefully I will know many of the British runners by then too.

 

Will you be bringing any support crew to the race?

Hopefully by the time of the race the two chaps who have agreed to crew for James and myself will actually be running the race as they are currently on the waiting list. But if not then I could not imagine a better pair to crew – we have been through much pain as a foursome and they have helped my get through some fairly dark running periods. David Bone and Darren Strachan are equally nuts and equally able to attempt this run and hopefully I will be able to crew for them next year!