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British Spartathlon Team News – July 2015

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.

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Crew T-Shirt Design (Photo by Matt Mahoney)

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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:

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.



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.

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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.


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.


Lawrence Eccles

About Lawrence

Your Name: Lawrence Eccles

Occupation: Project Engineer

Home Town: Liverpool

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Runners Questions

What is your running background?

Used to do mountaineering and hill walking. Tried a local 10 mile race back in 2007 (Sandstone Trail B-Race). Did about 2 races a year for a while and before I knew it I was doing 50+ races a year (I do count parkruns).


When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?

My first Ultra was the Fellsman in 2010. I tried it as it is more of a hill walk rather than a running Ultra marathon.


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

5k to 10k events in the North West region of England.


What are your personal key running achievements to date?

I won Welsh 1000m Peaks B-Race (Mountaineering Class) in 2010 and 2011 and the E-Race (short fell race) in 2012. In Ultra-Marathons my best finish is 3rd in the Ultra-Draille 2014.


What was your hardest race experience?

I quickly forget bad running experiences, so much so that I can’t think of my hardest race experience. I did have sore feet the first two times I did the Lakeland 100, but the third time I had good feet and discovered that the second half of the race could actually be enjoyable.


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

Dragons Back – June 2015

Lakeland 100 – July 2015

TDS – August 2015


What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?

Hope that I run well and don’t get cramp or feel sick.


What does a typical training week look like?

Easy 10k training run or two with a race or two thrown in.


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

You will likely feel poor at some point; try to keep going and eat food regularly.


Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?

I won an art prize aged 7.


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Spartathlon Questions

Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?



How did you get on?

2014. DNF around 90km. Felt ill and threw up a few times from 50k on.


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

Do your own thing.


What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?

The race.


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

The dead cats.


How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?

I’ll try to improve my eating while running strategy.


Will you be bringing any support crew to the race?

To be confirmed

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