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Your Name: Jonathan Steele

Occupation: Race Director

Home Town: Tadcaster

Runners Questions

What is your running background? I started running in my teens as part of my Martial Arts Training. Then upped the mileage by joining the Parachute Regiment (albeit usually in boots and with a bergan) I always ran to train and never particularly liked running. I returned to running when I started teaching Martial Arts years later.

When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why? My first Ultra was in 2004, I started Ultrarunning to train for the Bob Graham Round (had heard about it while on Holiday in the Lake District and guess I needed a new challenge, I ran the UTMB in 2006, got to Champex this then fuelled my energies away from the Bob Graham and I chased down the UTMB, eventually getting round on my third attempt in 2009.

When or where (at which events) are we most likely to see you? LDWA events in Yorkshire, Lakeland 100, Mark Cockbain’s events. I run both Trail and Road.

What are your personal key running achievements to date?

Mark Cockbain’s Grandslam (The Hill, The Viking Way, C2C )

‘The Hill’ 1st place in 2013

Hardmoors 110 3rd place in 2011

Completing the UTMB on my 3rd attempt

53 Ultras in 52 weeks in 2012

What was your hardest race experience? West Highland Way Race 2007 I ended up collapsing during the race at Kinlochleven with Rhabdomylosis and hypotranemia after hours pushing on through hell. Ended up in Fort William hospital without my trainers (taken from me by my support crew so I didn’t continue running, didn’t work because the next day I pulled the drip out of my arm and escaped from the hospital so I could go to the WHW Awards Ceremony and then get the train back to York )

What events do you have planned for 2016 up to Spartathlon? 

I have kept the amount of Ultras I usually run down this year and incorporated more Road Half/Marathons.

APRIL London Marathon

MAY Dukeries 40

JUNE West Highland Way Race

JULY The Lyke Wake Race (Trail 42 miles) Lakeland 50

AUGUST–SEPT Road and Trail Marathons

What is your typical race strategy for an ultra? To Finish ;o)

What does a typical training week look like?

Mon 1 x 10 miles Treadmill (Tempo run)

Tues 1 x 5 miles (Road) 1 x 5 (mile repeats, Treadmill)

Wed 1 x 10 miles (Road)

Thurs 1 x 20 miles (Hilly lanes of the North York Moors)

Fri 1 x 10 miles (Road) if an event on the Sat then day off

Sat Event or day off

Sun Day off

1 leg session a week concentrating on individual leg work ie 1 leg squats, leg press, split squats etc .

(Work core twice a week, plus stretch and foam roll)

What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time? Don’t set off too fast and EAT!!

Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself? I’m Rob Pinnington’s son

Spartathlon Questions

Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before? Yes, twice

How did you get on? 2014 Spartathlon, I timed out about 70 miles in 2015 no comment

What tip would you pass on to those taking part for the first time? Prepare well, there are about 75 cut offs, the difference with this race compared to other Ultras is you have to constantly be on the pace. You cant slow down then speed up later as the cut offs every 2 miles will catch you out

What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race? The atmosphere and of course kissing the feet of king leonidas

What are you not looking forward to during the Spartathlon race? The first 20 odd miles

How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race? More speedwork this year to speed my average pace up, plus high mileage road weeks

Will you be bringing any support crew to the race? Yes my beautiful Wife ‘Shirley’. Shirley is no stranger to Ultramarathons. She is a member of the 100 Marathon Club and has completed Ultras such as the UTMB, West Highland Way, Lakeland 100, Hardmoors 110, Comrades etc. She also helps me direct the Hardmoors Race series. She supported me fantastically last year in Greece and is the perfect crew.

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

News Update

Sponsors Update

Thank you to Keith Godden from ULTRAmarathonRunningStore who will be providing the British Spartathlon Team with some supplies of 2Toms blister and chafing prevention products and some supplies of Succeed S!CAPS Electrolyte Capsules.

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In addition they have offered a free pair of Hoka One One shoes to one randomly drawn British Spartathlon Team finisher of the 2015 Spartathlon event. So a little extra incentive to the UK runners to complete the event! The range of Hoka One One shoes available from the store can be found here

ULTRAmarathonRunningStore is a specialist online ultrarunning store based in the UK. Details of the range of products can be found at the link here

 

Press Update

An article on Jon Steele has appeared in his local press, link here. Thanks to James Ellis for organising this.

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Jon Steele

About Jon

Your Name: Jonathan Steele

Occupation: Personal Trainer

Home Town: Tadcaster

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Runners Questions

What is your running background?

I started running in my teens as part of my Martial Arts Training. Then upped the mileage by joining the Parachute Regiment (albeit usually in boots and with a bergan) I always ran to train and never particularly liked running. I returned to running when I started teaching Martial Arts years later.

 

When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?

My first Ultra was in 2004, I started Ultrarunning to train for the Bob Graham Round (had heard about it while on Holiday in the Lake District and guess I needed a new challenge, I ran the UTMB in 2006, got to Champex this then fuelled my energies away from the Bob Graham and I chased down the UTMB, eventually getting round on my third attempt in 2009.

 

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

LDWA events in Yorkshire, Lakeland 100, Mark Cockbain’s events. Hardmoors events (being the Race Director ;o) )   I run both Trail and Road,

 

What are your personal key running achievements to date?

Mark Cockbain’s Grandslam (The Hill, The Viking Way, C2C )

‘The Hill’ 1st place in 2013

Hardmoors 110 3rd place in 2011

Completing the UTMB on my 3rd attempt

53 Ultras in 52 weeks in 2012

 

What was your hardest race experience?

West Highland Way Race 2007 I ended up collapsing during the race at Kinlochleven with Rhabdomylosis and hypotranemia after hours pushing on through hell. Ended up in Fort William hospital without my trainers (taken from me by my support crew so I didn’t continue running, didn’t work because the next day I pulled the drip out of my arm and escaped from the hospital so I could go to the WHW Awards Ceremony and then get the train back to York )

 

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

Various Trail Marathons and LDWA events but key events are

APRIL   G2E (54miles)

MAY Hardmoors 160 (162 miles 7000 + metres of ascent) I will be running the route two weeks         before the race itself.

JULY The Crosses ( Trail 50 miles) The Lyke Wake Race (Trail 42 miles) Lakeland 100 (105 miles   7000+ metres of ascent)

 

What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?

To Finish ;o)

 

What does a typical training week look like?

Mon 1 x 10 miles Treadmill (Tempo run)

Tues 1 x 10 miles (Road)

Wed 1 x 10 miles (Road)

Thurs 1 x 20-30 miles (Hilly lanes of the North York Moors)

Fri 1 x 10 miles (Road) if an event on the Sat then day off

Sat Event or day off

Sun Day off

1 leg session a week concentrating on individual leg work ie 1 leg squats, leg press, split squats etc .

(Work core twice a week, plus stretch and foam roll)

 

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

Don’t set off too fast!!

 

Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?

If I told you that I would have to kill you

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Spartathlon Questions

Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?

Yes

 

How did you get on?

2014 Spartathlon, I timed out about 70 miles in

 

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

Prepare well, there are about 75 cut offs, the difference with this race compared to other Ultras is you have to constantly be on the pace. You cant slow down then speed up later as the cut offs every 2 miles will catch you out

 

What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?

The atmosphere and of course kissing the feet of king leonidas

 

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

The first 20 odd miles

 

How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?

Like last year I will do more road running to condition my quads for the constant impact, but this year I will vary it with trail to give my battered old knees a rest.

I have added more specific leg work into the mix . Will try to bring my weight down well in advance of the race (dropped a stone last year in prep but came in feeling weak)

 

Will you be bringing any support crew to the race? 

Yes my beautiful Wife ‘Shirley’

Shirley is no stranger to Ultramarathons. She is a member of the 100 Marathon Club and has completed Ultras such as the UTMB, West Highland Way, Lakeland 100, Hardmoors 110, Comrades etc. She also helps me direct the Hardmoors Race series. She supported me fantastically last year in Greece and is the perfect crew.

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