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.
James Ellis makes an appearance in his local press. Please see the article below.
The Desert Hats with the bespoke British Spartathlon Team logo have now arrived as pictured below and are in our possession.
We have received a number of requests from runners asking whether we can supply the kit in advance in order for them to have a chance to try out the kit (and fit) prior to the event.
Matt Mahoney has kindly offered to organise this on our behalf (subject to people agreeing to pay postage costs) and we are currently awaiting completion of the kit order forms before we progress this, so watch this space.
Sean Maley successfully completed the JOGLE (John O’Groats to Lands End) run and is pictured here at the finish after running 50 miles a day for 17 days in a row, congratulations Sean.
Well done to Mimi Anderson who completed the Thames Path 100 last week finishing as 2nd Lady. Mimi is pictured below with her crew.
Finally good luck to Rob Pinnington who is taking part in a the Ultraloop Steenbergen a 24 hour race which takes place from 2pm UK time today. Robs progress can be tracked live here
Welcome to the first of our regular updates charting the training and progress of British runners who are part of the 2015 British Spartathlon Team.
There has been a huge amount of activity over the past few weeks with the organisation of the British Spartathlon Team.
Firstly, thanks to some sterling work from Rob Pinnington organising the kit and Paul Stout who has raised some sponsorship towards the cost of team kit which will include Runners T-Shirts, Crew T-Shirts, Buffs and ‘Desert’ Hats. The buffs and hats have now been paid for and we are awaiting delivery and we are currently collecting the runners orders for the T-Shirts.
I enclose some photographs of the kit design and should add our thanks and credit to Mark Burnell for the design work. All of this work will mean that the runners are visibly represented as “British Team” at the event.
I would also like to use this opportunity to publicly thank out sponsors without whose support we wouldn’t have been able to design and purchase the team kit. Our thanks go to:
Dave Ireland from Birmingham Runner for sponsoring the 2015 Spartathlon Team and supply each of the runners with the official team kit including crew T-Shirts.
Corr Recruitment who kindly made a monetary donation to the team which will be put towards kit and equipment. Thanks to Daniel Corr.
Bee Friends have kindly made a monetary donation to the team which will be put towards kit and equipment. Thanks to Lorna Newson.
Newbury Runners have kindly made a monetary donation to the team which will be put towards kit and equipment.
Thank you to Keith Flood from Floodies for providing the team with some discounted Injinjui Desert hats which will be vital for protection of the runners during the race.
The team also received separate monetary donations from Spartathlete Paul Corderoy who has kindly passed on the ‘cash back’ received from recommending the Transferwise payment scheme for making payments abroad. If you haven’t yet paid your Spartathlon entry fee then you may wish to check out this cost effective way of transferring this money abroad using the link here.
In addition, Rocktape have kindly agreed to provide some kinesiology tape for the team to use during the race.
Spartathlete James Ellis has kindly taken on the role as Press Officer for the team and has been busy putting together a press release and making contact with national and local news agencies in order to spread the word about the British Spartathlon Team.
We will post links and details of any runners or articles featured in the press. Our aims here are to increase the profile of British runners undertaking this race and also to raise some more sponsorship to support the team.
The first report to feature was an article on Peter Goldring which can be found 2015 Spartathlon – Echo News Peter Goldring.
Paul Stout and Sonny Burrows were also featured in their local newspapers (pictures below).
Paul Stouts press article
Sonny Burrows press article
Hopefully, we will see a few more press articles appearing over the next few weeks.
Many of the 2015 Spartathletes have been in race action during April.
The most high profile race was the World 24 Hour Championships (a 24 Hour track based run) which saw Pat Robbins achieve 7th overall and Dan Lawson achieve 24th. Combined with the efforts of other Britsh Runners (including 2013 Spartathlete Robbie Britton who achieved 3rd overall) the Men’s team won the Team Gold which was a brilliant result.
Isobel Wykes (8th position), Debbie Martin-Consani (12th position) and Sharon Law (13th position) were also in action and they successfully earned an Team European Bronze for their efforts as well as achieving high placings individually in the ladies competition.
This was a fantastic achievement for the team who were competing at the highest level of competition and demonstrated that we have some strong UK runners taking part in the Spartathlon this year.
Team GB Pictured (Picture by Dan Lawson)
Other athletes were also taking part in races including; John Volanthen who took part in the South Downs Way 50, finishing in (8.56). Paul Stout completed the Compton 40 miler in (6.42) whilst I (Paul Ali) completed The Oner, an 80 odd mile run along the hilly South West Coastal Path. You can find my race report here.
Paul Ali taking part in The Oner
Well done to Ian Thomas who took part in the Bungay Black Dog Marathon where he came 4th out of 175 runners with a time of 3hrs 2mins in his first marathon in over 2 years.
Finally, a ‘huge’ shout out to Sean Maley who is currently midway through his JOGLE (John O’Groats to Lands End run) and is due to complete this on the weekend. Five runners started the event but only Sean Maley is left and is due to finish this 860 mile run this weekend.
Here’a s link to a local press article detailing Sean’s current progress here. Hopefully, Sean will write a few words on this epic achievement when he completes the event and puts his feet up for a few days.
Sean taking part in the JOGLE (picture from Seans Facebook Page)
Good luck to anyone who is running in the Virgin London Marathon this week.
I would also like to formally introduce you to the Photography Team who will be following the British Spartathlon Team in September.
Sarah Dryden has kindly offered her services as Team Photographer and she will be supported by Russ Bustley, Richard Tullet & Sandra Hopkins who will be providing valuable support/driving etc. as part of the official photography team, thanks guys your support is much appreciated.
Next Update May
That’s it for moment, we will put together another update in May where potentially 9 of the 2015 British Spartathlon Team members are taking part in the Grand Union Canal Race a 145 mile non-stop footrace from Birmingham to London which will be a good benchmark for people’s fitness and ability to complete Spartathlon a few months later.
Your Name: Sean Maley
Home Town: Aberdeen
What is your running background?
Began running in 2008 and would run one marathon a year until 2011.
When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?
I started in 2011 to improve my marathon time. I probably should’ve looked at getting a faster half marathon time.
When or where (at which events) are we most likely to see you?
I’ll be running JOGLE in April and La High Ultra in August 2015.
What are your personal key running achievements to date?
Thames Ring 250 miles (2013), Spartathlon (2014)
What was your hardest race experience?
Probably the Viking Way Ultra (A Mark Cockbain event)
What events do you have planned for 2015 up to Spartathlon?
I’ll be running JOGLE in April and La High Ultra in August 2015.
What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?
Check elevation profile and conditions. Generally maintain an initial 10km/hr pace.
What does a typical training week look like?
I spend more time in the gym doing stretching and leg weight exercises.
What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time?
Run at an easy pace with frequent walking breaks. Look after your nutrition – Salt/Sugar and lots of calories.
Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?
Used to play a lot of Snooker when I was growing up from age 13 till 17.
Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?
Yes, in 2014.
How did you get on?
I completed the event with a time of 32hours (2014)
What tip would you pass on to those taking part for the first time?
Within the first 50miles try your best to not to read (in-detail) any of the check point signs.
What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?
Hotel Food, Good friends and the mountain.
What are you not looking forward to during the Spartathlon race?
The long continuous uphill before the mountain.
How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?
Strengthening legs and lots of stretching.
Will you be bringing any support crew to the race?