Ultra Team

The Centurion Running Ultra Team

Welcome to the Centurion Ultramarathon Running Team page. The news feed at the top follows the very different paths of the runners profiled below in their quest to fulfil their own ultrarunning goals. Here is the provisional calendar of major ultra events for the team in 2016:

Jan, Country to Capital: James E: 1st 4:59. Debs: 5th 6:28. Drew: 47th 6:29.
Feb, Ice Ultra: Robbie. 1st, Course Record.
Feb: Thames Trot: Craig: 1st 5:49.
March, ACP 100km: Paul: 1st, 6:58. Eddie: 2nd, 8:24.
March, Athens 24hr: James Elson. 2nd, 242.4km.
March, Canalathon 100km: Craig. 1st, 7:47.
April, Thames Path 100: Craig. 1st and CR, 14:09.
April, Highland Fling: Debs, Robbie: 4th, 7:08. Debs: 6th, 8:44.
April, London Marathon: Danny K, Gemma. Danny K: 2:29. Gemma: 3:23.
June, SDW100: Debs. 1st, 17:12.
June, World Mountain Running Champs: Danny Doherty.
July, Ronda Del Cims: Tim, Danny Doherty, Drew.
July, Lakeland 50: Danny K.
August, Echappee Belle: Drew.
August, CCC: Robbie Britton.
August, TDS: Neil Bryant.
September, TDG: Danny Doherty.
September, Spartathlon: James Adams.
October, World Trail Champs: Danny Doherty.
October, European 24hr Champs: Debs, James E and Robbie.

Team News

2015 Results Summary

6 months ago

Here's a quick recap of all of the team results for 2015. A huge range of distances and terrain types as always. Plenty more shorter race results sprinkled in that are not included. 

Jan, Rocky Raccoon 100: James Elson, Ian Sharman. Ian 1st, 13:32. James 8th, 14:50,
Feb, Tarewera 100km: Robbie Britton. 7th, 8:45.
Feb, Thames Trot 50: Craig Holgate. 1st, 5:48. 
Feb, Donadea 50km: Debbie Martin-Consani. 5th, 4:05.
March, MCN 40: Tim Adams. 18th. 8:35.

April, Marathon Des Sables: Danny Kendall. 8th Overall.
April, Crawley 12hr: Mark Perkins. 1st/CR, 99.43 miles. 100 mile split 12:04:23 for 4th Fastest British Track 100 mile.
April, World 24hr Champs: Robbie Britton, Debbie Martin-Consani. Robbie 3rd with 261.14km. Debbie 12th with 221.71km.
April, Highland Fling: Paul Navesey. 2nd: 7:06. Third Fastest All Time.
May, ACP 100km: Craig Holgate. 2nd: 7:01.
May, GUCR: Mark Perkins, James Adams. Mark 2nd: 22:41. Second Fastest All Time. James A. 26th: 35:29.
May, World Trail Champs: Danny Doherty. 9:20. 17th.
June, Western States: Ian Sharman. 16:44. 7th.
June, Ronda Del Cims: Neil Bryant. 57:34. 129th.
June, Mont Blanc 80km: Danny Doherty. 12:07. 11th.
July, Hardrock: Tim Adams. 37:44. 47th. 
July, Vol State 500 Screwed: James Adams. 149:47:00. 10th.
July, Lakeland 50: Debbie Martin-Consani. 9:04. 2nd.
September, World 100km Champs: Craig Holgate. 6:53. 11th.
September, Spartathlon: Debbie Martin-Consani. 30:36. 5th. 
September, UTAT: Neil Bryant. 22:55. 14th.
October, 100 Miles Sud De France: Drew Sheffield. 36:24. 25th.
October, Autumn 100: James Elson. 14:35. 1st/ CR.
October, Grand Trail Templiers: Danny Kendall. 8:25. 40th.
October, Capadoccia 110km: Robbie Britton. 12:29. 3rd.
October, Mourne Skyline MTR: Dan Doherty. 4:04. 2nd.
October, Stort 30: Craig Holgate. 1st, CR.
November, White Rose 60: Debbie Martin-Consani. 11:05. 1st, CR

Team Members

Craig Holgate

I have been running since I was 6 years old so have over 30 years of running experience.  In that time I have done almost every type of running you can think off, for example as teenager I came 6th in the English schools decathlon. An injury leading up to the 2011 London Marathon led me to question what I wanted from running. This led to my wife Abbie buying me entry into the Thames Path 100 as a surprise birthday present, and the rest as they say is history. (Images c/o of Abbie Holgate & www.ian-greenphotography.co.uk) 

Past Results 

IAU World 100km Champs 2015 12th (6.53), 2014 16th & GB Team Bronze (7.03)
World Masters 100km Champion 2015 for the 35-40 year age group
IAU World Trail Champs - 25th place, GB team gold
Anglo Celtic Plate 100km (UK Champ places) – 1st 2013, 2nd 2012, 2014 & 2015
Thames Path 2012 – 1st and CR 15hrs 11mins
NDW 50 – 1st and CR’s 2013 & 2015
Thames Trot 50 - 1st, 2012, 2014, 2015.  2nd 2013
Monster Ultra and Stort 30 – CR’s and 1st places – 2013, 2014, 2015
Trailblaster trail 12hr – 130km in 11hrs 13mins
Shires and Spires – 1st 2012 & 2013

Top 5:

1 Winschotten 2015 – Finally a good performance in a GB Vest.  It was a race I hadn’t intended to do but the day after the ACP in Redwick my daughters convinced me to go for it.   The training, the build up and the race itself all went well.  Going into the last lap still feeling good and knowing that sub 7hr was there for the taking was a fantastic.   Breaking 7 hrs, a great atmosphere, a World masters medal and all in front of my family.   

2.  Doha 2014 - After 3 attempts I finally got my GB vest for 100km. I was third counter for the team competition that GB got the Bronze medal.  A PB and 16th place when many a better runner than me fell apart.  Another tough night in the GB vest but a whole bunch of experiences I will never forget.

3. World Trail Championships - My worst performance in an Ultra on a course that didn't suit me.  However, it was my first GB vest and I was lucky enough to be part of a fantastic winning GB team, so I got to sing the national anthem on the podium.  To live two childhood dreams in one day is priceless

4. Mile 16 at the Wymondham 20 miler  - My running at the start of 2013 was rubbish, my training was poor, I got ill and ran badly at the Thames Trot.  I had already told family that I was pulling out of the Anglo Celtic Plate but gave myself one last chance to test my fitness before notifying the England team.  I got dropped at 11miles but something happened at 16miles I came back to life and ran the last 4 miles at 10k pace.  Perth was back on. I ran a solid, sensible race in the cold, I still can't believe I am UK 100km champion

5.Redwick ACP 100km 2012  - My first England vest made even more special as that day was the last day I saw my mother alive.  After 30 years of running she finally got to see her son run for his country

Danny Kendall

I like to race any distance from parkrun to multi-days to 100 miles, ideally off-road and preferably somewhere interesting like in the mountains or the desert.   I still like to run a standard road marathon every now and then as a bit of speedwork and an objective fitness test.

Past Results 

MdS x 7 (Including 3 x Top 10s)
UTMB x 3
CCC (14th in 2014)
Lakeland 50 (3rd in 2014)
Marathons: 20 with a PB of 2:34 (CR holder at Steyning Stinger)
Pilgrims Challenge 2 x Winner and CR holder

Top 5

1 – MdS, 2014 – 5th place and a British record, my best performance so far.  I love having a whole week of roughing it out in the desert and not having to do anything but get up and race each day.

2 – London Marathon, 2015 – My marathon PB of 2:34 ran 2 weeks after the MdS.  Being from London and having family and friends out on the route adds to the experience.

3 – Pilgrims, 2013 – My first race win! (not including the 1500m at sports day when I was 11!).

4 – Nationals, 2015 –Racing in the mud at the cross country Nationals at Parliament Hill was definitely an experience and was very happy with a top 100 finish that is actually better than it sounds! 

5 – CCC, 2014 – It was great to finally have a good day out on the mountains around Mont Blanc with a 14th place finish after a couple of 40 plus hour death marches at the UTMB back in 2009 & 2011.

Dan Doherty

I started running in 2008 mainly on the road and trail. I captained the Irish national ultra running team for the World and European 100k and also represented Ireland in the World and European Trail Running Championships in Connemara. I have now turned to the mountains and looking to compete in European mountain races. It is for this reason I have moved my entire family to the Brecon Beacons :)

Blog: http://runningmad-dan.blogspot.co.uk/

Past Results

Anglo Celtic Plate - 1st
UTSW - 1st
Thames Path 50 - 1st
Gower Ultra - 1st
European 100k Championships 7th
Salomon South Downs Marathon 1st

Top 5:

  1. Winning the Anglo Celtic Plate race (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales compete over 100k) despite giving myself food poisoning on the Friday before the race!
  2. Falling of a cliff in Zenor on the Ultra Trail South West but managing to hang on to some grass. I managed to live which was nice although I did feel a bit odd shouting for help at 3 in the morning! 

  3. Generally running with my buddies in the mountains in the UK sharing experiences and training together. We spend so much time thinking and focusing on races that we never really take time to stop and enjoy the training!

Drew Sheffield

Started running in 2005  to challenge myself to run a half marathon.  Ended up doing 2 marathons (one of them snowdonia) and realised the true pleasure in running in beautiful places for a long time.  Now having completed a fair few 100 mile races i'm doing my best to run them faster and learning a heck of a lot on the way. Total addict, haven't looked back since.

Past Results 

Finishes (longer stuff)

CCC 2008
GUCR 2008, 2011
WHW race 2009, 2010, 2011
Lakeland 100 2010
UTMB 2009
Leadville 2011
Hardmoors 110 2012

Top 5:

1.  Running my first race of 100 miles or over was GUCR 2008.  I got to 100 miles feeling "ok" then within a mile found myself crying and thinking it was the absolute hardest thing i'd ever done and not being able to move without the most considerable mental effort.  I power walked most of the rest of it and the only thing that got me through was imagining the total confidence of  Michael Jordan walking onto a court bouncing a basketball and trying to imitate it.

2. UTMB 2009 - As we came to the final part of the final climb, the sun was just rising over Mt Blanc and it was the most magical experience i'd ever had.  I just floated down the descent into one of the best finishing experiences there is.

3. Running down Pikes Peak.  I'd been to Colorado in 2011 to celebrate my 30th birthday and to run the Leadville 100.  If you like trail running this is the most impossible place to execute a well calculated taper. Pure running bliss.

4. Dunstable Downs Marathon 2011.  For a laugh, i was encouraged to peg it up to the top of the first hill in order to get through the gate first then stop and rest and wait for my pals to carry on the race at a more social pace.  Anyhow, i got to the top of the first hill and just kept my foot down for the whole race.  I ended up in 2nd place very close to my marathon pb on a hilly self navigation course. 

5.  Highland fling 2009 - Having driven through the area as visiting my Grandparents, I finally got to explore the area i fell in love with as a child.  

Debbie Martin Consani

I’m delighted to be the first female to join the boy band that is the Centurion Ultramarathon Running Team. Based in Glasgow, I have represented Scotland and Great Britain in 100K and 24 hour races   I like road, hills, towpath and trails.  Actually, I just like running. Except cross-country.  I don’t do cross-country.  The longer the better for me, so don’t ask me my 10K time. I’m married to an ultra-runner and fit training around a full-time job and our four-year-old son, Cairn.  Juggling is my forte.  I also do my own stunts and could fall over fresh air.  Skinned knees and bruised limbs is my signature look.  I like to do one thing each year that scares me. 

Blog: www.debsonrunning.blogspot.com

Past Results 

100 miles PB - 15:48
24 hours PB – 221.7km
West Highland Way Race 2008, 2010 and 2011. Best time 19:38
Highland Fling 53 miles (2010 and 2011). Silver in the UK trail championship
Anglo Celtic Plate – representing Scotland
Commonwealth ultra-distance championships North Wales 2011 –representing Scotland in the 24 hour race.
IAU World 24 hour championships 2012 Katowice, Poland. Set new Scottish records for 100m, 200km and 24 hour. Bronze team for world, silver for Europeans
IAU World 24 hour championships 2013 Steenbergen, Holland. PB of 220km.  Team European bronze.
Devil Of the Highlands 2012: 1st
Grand Union Canal Race 2012: 1st Overall and Female CR Holder.
Thames Path 100 2013: 1st
Lakeland 100 2013/2014: 2nd/ 1st
Lakeland 50 2015: 2nd
Winter 100 2014: 2nd 
24hr World Champs 2015: 221km, 12th.
Spartathlon 2015: 5th 

Top 5:

1. Devil o’ the Highland 43 mile race:  This was my first ultra-distance race back in 2007 and my comeback race after having my Son in 2009.  It’s a firm favourite, not only because it’s special to me, but it takes you magical journey through Glencoe and finishes in Fort William.   This views don’t get much better than that.   I haverun the race five times and finished on the podium every time.  Took me to my 5th attempt to win it though.

2. GUCR 2012:  I was the outright winner of the race in 28:01.  The first female to ever win the historic event.  Although I’m not famed for the performance.  I’m known as the numpty who fell in the canal in the middle of the night.  Remember what I said about stunts?  I also managed to ruin an iPhone, iPod and Garmin en route.

3. IAU World 24 Hour Race:  I have represented Great Britain at the event in 2012 (Katowice, Poland) and 2013 (Steenbergen. Holland).  I was a counter in the medal-winning team both times, set a new Scottish 100mile record of 15:48 within the race and personal best of 220km for 24 hours.

4. West Highland Way Race:  The trail starts close to home and is the playground for many training runs.  I have run the race three times 2008, 2010 and 2011 with my best time being 19:38.

5. Lakeland 100 2013: Imagine taking nearly 2.5 hours off the previous women’s record, and still coming in second.  Well, that’s what happened to me. Still, I was happy to finish faster than my goal time.  And with a full set of teeth.

Edwina Sutton

I have run ever since I could. I was a hyper active, all E numbers are banned, kind of kid, not much has changed. I ran throughout my school career with most of my success coming over 400 and 800m! I found triathlon in 2005 after playing hockey to a high level at university, but always feeling I hadnt quite fulfilled my athletic potential. I represented GB at age group Worlds in my first season and went on to win many notable races and break course records including Windsor Tri, Thames Turbo Race Series, Marazion Half Ironman, Little Woody half ironman and Lisbon half ironman. I stepped up to ironman distance after realising I was never going to get faster at swimming and this is where I really found my niche. Relentless hours and hours on the bike suited my go hard or go home mentality. I finished 2nd in my age group at Ironman Frankfurt and 11th overall and went onto the World Championships in Hawaii. After this I felt I wasnt going to get any further in triathlon without taking it up full time, so decided to have a  family instead! Now with 2 kids under 3 I am embracing the new found painful world of ultra running. I have already learnt so much in my first season of pure running and am looking forward to representing Team Centurion with some big goals next year!

Blog: www.runningwithmybaby.blogspot.com


2016 ACP British 100km Champs: 2nd Lady.
2016 Steyning Stinger: 1st Lady.
2014 South Downs Way 50: 7:09 1st Lady and CR
2014 Country to Capital: 5:42 1st Lady and CR
2013 Salisbury 50km 3.53, 2nd overall and 1st lady
2013 Downslink Ultra 38 miles, 3rd overall and 1st lady, 4.47
2009 Ironman Hawaii World Champs: 10:48

Top 5:

1. Finishing country to capital in January, 8 months after having my second baby. 'Jogging' round and feeling super strong over the last 10miles, knowing that, once I got really fit this was a sport I was going to love!

2. Crashing and burning at mile 34 of the SDW50, poor preparation, poor mental attitude and lack of eating meant I dropped in a minor hyperthermic mess. From this my husband gave me a serious talking to, I changed my training, I changed my attitude. I met James and I havent looked back since.

3. Breaking the course record over the Three forts course. Buried a few of the SDW50 demons, felt great and loved every second, espcially embracing the mayor in a sweaty mess at the end

4. Salisbury 50km- went off hard and actually raced over a longer marathon distance for the first time. Loved the course and loved finishing second overall. Had to wait 3 hours for my prize as they couldnt believe a woman had run that fast and beaten the boys.2nd overall and 1st lady

5. Downslink ultra- my first proper ultra race knowing I was fit, had tapered and had no excuses not to execute! Loved running knowing I was chasing the boys all day, 3rd overall and 1st lady in 4.47


Gemma Bragg

I first experienced the emotion of ultra- running when I went out to Chamonix in 2010 to crew for Jez on the UTMB, I was instantly captured by the spirit and the community that is ultra- running and I knew that I wanted to be a part of this wonderful world. I ran my first Ultra ‘33miles’ at the end of 2011, I couldn’t sit down the next day, but knew this was a feeling I could get used to! Since then I have run a few more ultras and I have loved the experience of every single one of them and the journey to get there…. I have met and continue to meet so many amazing, inspiring and wonderful people through this lovely community, and I feel very honoured and excited to be part of the Centurion Team, flying the flag for the ‘ladies’ out there! 

Outside of ultra- running I am a trainee Sport & Exercise Psychologist, married to an ultra legend, love baking and find it very hard to say no to a challenge!

Blog: www.themindandmanymiles.com
Twitter: @gembragg

Past Results

Classic Quarter 44miles 2012
CCC 2012 (87km) + 2013 (100km) (16.24 + 19.46)
NDW50 2013
Cortina trail 2013 (47km/2.650m+) 5.55 10th female
Toad Challenge 2013 (91miles over 3- days) 2nd female
Yorkshire Fellsman 2014 100k+ navigational error! 17:13
UTMB 2014 Finisher!
Portsmouth coastal marathon (best marathon performance) 3:09 1st female

Top 5:

  1. Coming up the Bovine climb during the night on the CCC in 2012, a man was playing a fog horn by a fire outside his little wooden cabin in heavy snow, the trees were all covered with sparkling snowflakes and it really felt like magic up there.
  2. Running through the streets of Chamonix on my way to the finish line of the UTMB, my first 100miler! A magical journey.
  3. Taking the wrong turn/ climb on the last day of a 3- day recce of the UTMB course. Initially feeling quite vulnerable, scrambling up through the fog and annoyed at myself; but then reaching the summit, the skies cleared and it was the most beautiful place I have been on earth. I cried with the emotion… a moment where you say to yourself ‘this is what life’s about!’, and you wish you could capture the feeling in a bottle.
  4. Completing the Yorkshire Fellsman, as I am the world’s worst navigator and the thought of running 100k across the moorland petrified me… but when a challenge is put in front of me, I like to take it and succeeding that challenge made me very happy.
  5. Running the Portsmouth marathon and feeling like I had wings, only wish it had been a longer race! Wish every race felt like that….          

James Adams

UK Ultra running legend and writer. 

Blog: http://www.runningandstuff.com/

Past Results: Longer Stuff

Los Angeles to New York Race – 2011
Spartathlon 2009,2010,2012
Badwater 2010
GUCR 2008, 2009
Lots of other stuff.

Top 5:

1. Blubbing in the Grand Union Canal Race – 2008 and after 120 miles of running my legs just ground to a halt. I sat in a chair and debated whether to bother with the last 25 miles. I decided to get up and go for it, running all the way. My legs felt like they were being bathed in acid but I ran through it until it got easier and easier and then all of a sudden I was bounding along like I was running a 10k. This was 130 miles into the race. The turnaround overwhelmed me so much that I just burst into tears. I had to hang on to some railings for a few minutes and just let it all out.

The only time I ever said “never again”. It was after my first Spartathlon. I could not sleep I was in too much pain, I could not go to the toilet it was so painful and I had no idea what the point of doing something like that was. Over time the pain eased, the memories set in and I realized that I’d just completed the best race I have ever known and will be back there every year until I am 99.

3. A Japanese guy who could not speak much English tried to sing a Beatles song he didn’t know the words or the tune to in order to cheer me up. I had diarrhea, had not eaten for 4 days and 200 miles. 

4. Taking 10 of the hardest runners I know and putting them through the very experimental experience that was the “Piece of String” race. I was humbled by the way these guys all just took to the race in miserable conditions.

5. Telling Mark Cockbain that I might join him for the first week of his trans USA run, running 300 miles in a week across a desert. Hearing his response “Don’t be such a pussy, do the whole thing”. Signing up for the whole thing, all 3220 miles of it.


Mark Perkins

Until a few years ago I ran a little here and there, never all year round and without any focus but somehow dragged myself to a few pretty unspectacular trail marathon finishes. A growing waistline and feeling of dissatisfaction with my general fitness somehow led to a personal challenge to run 45 miles across the South Downs from Brighton to my parent's house near Chichester. I'd never heard of ultrarunning before then but soon realised that there was a whole bunch of other people doing similar things. From there I just got sucked into it all, it seemed to be a good fit for me both mentally and physically and I started taking training a little more seriously!

Blog: http://ultraperk.com/
Twitter: @ultraperk

Past Results

Berlin 100 2014 - 1st place, 13:06, CR 
South Downs Way 100 2014 - 1st place, 14:03, CR
Three Forts Challenge 2014 - 2nd place, 2:59
South Downs Way 50 2014 - 3rd place, 6:24
North Downs Way 100 2013 - 3rd place, 17:45
Three Forts Challenge 2013 - 2nd place, 3:18
South Downs Way 50 2013 - 1st place, 6:55, de-facto CR

Top 5:

  1. Winning the SDW100 2014 in 14 hrs 3mins - exceeded my own expectations by so much that I was convinced that my watch was wrong when I crossed the finish line. A special day where everything seemed to go perfectly which is very rare in 100 mile races.
  2. Running the UTMB route over 5 days with Sarah (my wife) - we were lucky enough to have good weather on all of the days apart from the last one and we were just blown away by the beauty and toughness of the course.
  3. Taking nearly an hour off my freshly minted 100 mile PB to win the Berlin 100 - all I wanted from the day was to prove to myself that my SDW100 time wasn't a fluke, so to run just over 13 hours was very exciting
  4. Running the SwissAlpine K78 with Sarah and trying to keep up with her as she ran an absolutely suicidal pace down the steep, technical route from the highest point of the course. I've never been so convinced I was going to die or so glad to get to the bottom.
  5. Getting to the end of the North Downs Way 100 after puking for 70 miles and hardly being able to eat or drink anything for the whole second half of the race. I felt like I had really earned that buckle!


Neil Bryant

I've been running for eight years. I've generally been going longer and longer always looking for a nice mix of physical challenge, incredible experience and the beauty of the outdoors. 

Blog: http://ultrarunninglife.com/ 

Past Results

Finisher Trans-Europe footrace 2012. 4175km across Europe in 64 days
Winner of the 2012 Viking Way (147 miles non-stop)
Winner of the 2012 Hardmoors 110
2nd at the North Downs Way 100 2011
135 miles in a 24hr race
Ran 100 miles on the Offa's Dyke alone, midwinter (2011)
Finisher: Spartathlon, GUCR & Multiple other trail 100s
UTMB 2013 Top 100/ Sub 30hr Finisher

Top 5:

  1. When I ran over the Severn bridge during JOGLE I cried like a baby with joy as I was entering the Westcountry (where I'm from) and was nearing the end.
  2. On the penultimate day of the Trans-Europe footrace I got my first sighting of Gibraltar (the end) and it was an incredibly happy time. I will remember it forever.
  3. The completion of my 100 mile run on the Offa's Dike midwinter was fantastic. It was pretty sketchy at times to say the least, and to finish was a relief!
  4. Last year I went to Alps and did some running on some incredible trails and took part in a vertical kilometre. Great fun and can't wait to return!
  5. I ran the Great Whernside fell race last year which is two miles up and two back down. Mad fun which was really exciting. Really need to do more fell races and urge you all to have a go!


Paul Navesey

Started running in early 2010 with my first ultra at London to Brighton that year. Since then trying distances from marathon to 100 miles, finally finding the great distance of 50 mile races and a love of trail. Now looking forward to continuing racing my favourite distance hoping to sneak under 6 hours on the way.

Blog: http://ultrapaulo.wordpress.com/

Past Races/ Results:

2016 British 100km Champs: 1st 6:58.
Caesars Camp 50: 1st & New Course Record 2012

Dartmoor Discovery: 5th 2011, 3rd 2012
Beauty and Beast Marathon: 1st 2012
Sussex Marathon: 1st 2013 (CR)
Farnham Pilgrim marathon: 1st 2013 (CR)
Endurancelife Sussex Ultra: 1st 2013
Downslink Ultra: 1st 2013
Lakeland 100: 30th 2011
Rocky Raccoon 2013: Finish

Top 5 

1. Finishing at Lakeland 100 in 2011 as my first 100 mile race.

2. Win and CR at Casesars Camp in 2012 after DNF at the race the year previous whilst leading.

3. Dartmoor Discovery 3rd place 2012 with what I think is my best effort at an ultra so far, unfortunately a couple of people had a were faster than me!

4. Finishing at Rocky Raccoon 100 2013. After the race went badly wrong about half way was very pleased to get up and finish to collect my first US buckle.

5. Beating Robbie Britton in a tempo run.


Robbie Britton

I'm a trail and ultra runner specialising at the 24hr/100mile distance, representing Team GB at the 2013 24hr World Champs. Shortly afterwards I ran a 15:47 trail 100 mile PB in winning the Petzl SDW100. 

Blog: http://robbiebritton.co.uk

Past Results 

Finishes (longer stuff)

Caesars Camp 100 - 27:41 & 21:30 (3rd)
GUCR: 31:26 (7th)
NDW 100: 19:47 (1st)
TP 100: 16:02 (2nd)
Cotswold 100: 20:26 (2nd) 
Basel 24hr: 222.5km (5th) 
Tooting Bec 24hr: 209km (2nd) 
'UTMB' 2012: 16:25
Barcelona 24hr: 231km (4th)
World 24hr Champs: 239.008km (16th)
Petzl SDW100 2013: 15:47 (1st)
Spartathlon 2013
Pilgrims Way 2014: Win & CR
West Highland Way Race 2014: 2nd / 2nd fastest time ever.
UTMB 2014

Top 5:

1. Winning North Downs Way 100 - 30 mile runners high chasing people down at the finish

2. Basel 24hr - Getting to wear an England vest and having a great race... for 20 hours

3. UTMB - Something else, I'll be back there 

4. Thames Path 100 - Running 16:02 for 100 miles. Fun.

5. GUCR - There's something about this race, 145 miles of canal path that is begging to be run under 24 hours....


Tim Adams

My motivation for running ultras is the scenery and running in stunning locations. I prefer hills, mud and nasty weather which levels the playing field. Ideally I look for races which I perhaps wouldn’t get to explore otherwise in this incredible planet and I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to explore it. Ultimately I like the mini adventure aspect, seeing the sun set and rise in a race is very special and makes me appreciate the world around me. 

Past Results 

Finishes (longer stuff)

2013 UTSW60 5th in 12.29
2012 Hardrock 100 64th in 41.51
2012 UTSW60 2nd = in 11.30
2012 ONER (78miles) 7th in 20.07
2011 Leadville 100 61st  in 24.17
2011 Lakeland 50 7th in 9.47

Top 5

1 - Hardrock. My lungs gave up after about halfway and I enjoyed a slow and steady finish whilst soaking in the scenery (and weather).  I was lucky to have 3 great pacers who are coming back to pace me again in 2014.  

2. Leadville. My first 100, I was the lightest I have been and I was scared as the furthest I had run before this was 50 miles. I ran scared (of the clock) most of the day.  I entered not knowing any other runners and because sometimes you have to go big or go home. I was fortunate Drew Sheffield and James Elson (who I didn’t know beforehand) entered and we shared a house and a weeklong adventure together, returning with three for three (buckles). Doesn’t get better than that.

3 Namibia – A multi day event in Sousevlei. After being turned around en route to Libya for the Libyan challenge, 3 weeks later I flew to the heat of Namibia. A very hot desert multi day ultra , camping out and visiting locations such as dead vlei, Big Daddy and Dune 45 as well as running with Ostrich springbok amongst others. The stars and night sky was beyond description.

4 The Bear 100 DNF supported by Azusa my girlfriend my mind and soul didn’t join me at the start line and I pulled out for no good reason...It gives me a reason to return and motivation not have this experience again. 

5 Country to capital specifically ‘Race to the gate’. C2C was my first ultra and goes right past my door and uses the trails I often run on, it’s the perfect start to the year.

James Elson

I've been running ultras since 2005 gradually working my way through my bucket list of dream events.

Past Results 

Finishes (longer stuff)

Autumn 100 (14:35/ Course Record)
Western States 
Grand Union Canal Race 2013 (1st)
Bob Graham Round 
10 Trail 100s including 4 x Rocky Raccoon
Marathon Des Sables 
Racing the Planet 4Deserts 
Athens 24hr (242.497km)
100 marathon Club (PB 2:43)

Top 5:

  1. Finishing the Spartathlon. Something I agonised over for a couple of years. The ultimate running race. 
  2. Finally cracking the 100 mile distance with a 14:50 in 2015 at Rocky Raccoon
  3. The end of Leg 4 of my Bob Graham Round with the sunset over Enerdale.
  4. Winning the Autumn 100 with my own team of staff and volunteers to share it with.
  5. Finally cracking 24hrs in Athens in March 2016 with 242.497km. 


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