Ultra Team

The Centurion Running Ultramarathon 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 for the team in 2015:

Jan, Country to Capital: Tim Adams, James Adams, Drew Sheffield
Jan, Rocky Raccoon 100: James Elson, Ian Sharman
Feb, Tarewera 100km: Robbie Britton
Feb, Thames Trot 50: Craig Holgate
Feb, Donadea 50km: Debbie Martin-Consani
March, Transvulcania: Dan Doherty
March, MCN 40: Tim Adams
March, Athens 24hr: James Elson, Drew Sheffield
April, Marathon Des Sables: Danny Kendall
April, SDW50: Paul Navesey
April, Crawley 12hr: Mark Perkins
April, World 24hr Champs: Robbie Britton, Debbie Martin-Consani
April, Highland Fling: Paul Navesey
May, GUCR: Mark Perkins
June, Western States: Ian Sharman
June, Ronda Del Cims: Neil Bryant, Drew Sheffield
June, Laveredo: Danny Kendall
June, Mont Blanc VK & 80km: Dan Doherty
July, Hardrock: Tim Adams
July, Vol State 500 Screwed: James Adams
July, Lakeland 50: Debbie Martin-Consani
July, Ice Trail Tarentaise: Dan Doherty
July, Lakeland 100: Mark Perkins (Pairs Race), James Elson
August, Tromso Sky Race: Dan Doherty
August, UTMB: Danny Kendall, Robbie Britton, James Elson, Terry Conway
August, CCC: Paul Navesey
September, Tor Des Geants: Dan Doherty, Neil Bryant
September, Spartathlon: Debbie Martin-Consani, James Adams

Team News

Paul breaks World Treadmill 50km Record

1 month, 1 week ago

On Saturday 13th December, Paul Navesey running at our partner store Profeet in Fulham, broke the 50km Treadmill World Record, recording a time of 3:05, or just under 6 mins per mile. That time bettered the previous mark by around 4 minutes. Paul was supported by other members of the team who 'paced' alongside of him and tried to dull the pain of the experience! Congratulations Paul. 

2014 Season Wrap Up

1 month, 3 weeks ago

It's been quite the year for the team, who have competed in races from 1 mile to 250 miles. There have been some superb results. The UK ultra running scene continues to expand and to get faster along with it. Some of the guys and girls in the team have been at the very forefront of that as well as completing some of the toughest races on the home and international circuits. Here's to 2015!

Jan, Country to Capital: Eddie (WIN AND NEW CR), Drew, James A, Tim
Jan, The Spine: Neil Bryant
Feb: Frostskade 500: Neil Bryant (WIN)
Feb, Thames Trot: Craig (WIN)
Feb, Rocky Raccon 100: Ian (2nd)
Fen, Pilgrims Way: Robbie (WIN & CR), Danny (2nd)
April, South Downs Way 50: Paul, Eddie (WIN & CR x 2)
April, Blackpool Marathon: Craig (WIN)
April, Marathon Des Sables: Danny (5th)
April, 100 miles of Istria: Drew (7th)
April, Crawley 12hr: Debbie (Win, British Record)
May, Transvulcania: Robbie (55th)
May, Anglo Celtic Plate UK 100km Champs: Craig (2nd)
June, Gloucester 24hr: Craig (14:40 100 mile split)
June, West Highland Way Race: Robbie (2nd and 20 minutes under the old CR time)
June, Western States: Ian (6th)
June: Salomon Zugspitz Ultra: Dan (3rd)
June: Comrades: Ian (6:23 finish time)
June: Mont Blanc 80km: Neil Bryant  (Finish)
July, Hardrock: Tim (Finish)
July, Ronda Del Cims/ Celestrail: Drew (Finish Ronda 46hrs) Paul (8th in the Celestrail)
July, Lakeland 50/100: Danny 50 (3rd), Debbie 100 (1st)
August, Swiss Irontrail 200km: Neil (Finish)
August, CCC/ UTMB/ TDS: Robbie (54th UTMB), Danny (14th CCC)
September, Bob Graham Round: James (Complete)
September, Tor Des Geants: Dan (5th)
October, Royal Parks 50k: Craig (1st and new CR)
November, World 100km Champs: (Craig 16th)
December, World Treadmill 50km Record Attempt: Paul (Successful in 3:05) 

Royal Parks Ultra

3 months, 1 week ago

Craig Holgate took the win and a big new Course Record at Royal Parks 50km today running for the team as well as the charity Tommys. Craig picked up the win off of the back of an intensive period of training and racing as he prepares for the World 100k's in Dubai in November. 

Mark Perkins Joins the Team

4 months, 1 week ago

We're absolutely delighted to welcome Mark Perkins to the Centurion Ultra Team. Mark won our inauguaral South Downs Way 50 in 2013, but took his running to a new level this year, winning the Petzl SDW100 in 14:03 before going on to a new course record at the Berlin 100 in August, in a blistering time of 13:06. Mark's potential is huge and we're extremely excited to see where his running takes him from here. Welcome Mark!

Team Members

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!


Danny Kendall

I started running back in 2003 just to shift a bit of weight and complete a marathon as a box ticking exercise and then got hooked.  I now like to race any distance from 5k 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 an objective fitness test and aim to go sub 2:30 once I can find a few months in the schedule to focus on this.  My plan for 2014 includes MdS, Transvulcania, Lakeland 50 and the CCC.

Past Results 

MdS x 5 (10th in 2013)

UTMB x 3 (30:14 in 2013)

Ultra x 30+ (Wins at Pilgrims 2013 & London Ultra 2013)

Marathon x 20+ (PB 2:37, Wins at Kent Roadrunner 2013 (2:44) & Steyning Stinger 2014 (2:52 CR))

Top 5

1 - MdS 2013 – 10th 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 – UTMB 2013 –My first two attempts at UTMB in 2009 & 2011 were 40 plus hour death marches. In 2013 I went back for a 3rd time, feeling that maybe 100 miles isn’t my distance and that I should stick to the shorter stuff.  I ran conservatively and managed to get round in 30:14 feeling that I could have gone much quicker and keen to run another 100.  It was a great feeling to finish in Chamonix on the Saturday night whilst the restaurants and bars were open and the town was still buzzing.  

3 – Amsterdam Marathon 2013 – My marathon PB of 2:37 ran after a season of training for Multi-day and Ultra races. 

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

5 – Comrades 2007 – Finishing the race less than 12 minutes inside the 12 hour cut-off after the most ridiculous training plan for any event I’ve ever done.  I added Comrades on to end of a 3 month holiday that involved walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and climbing Kilimanjaro and absolutely no running in the 12 weeks prior to race day.  It turns out walking isn’t great preparation for running!  My legs were shot inside the first 10km and I walked most of the last 50 miles and this experience makes the list for the massive feeling of relief I had when it was finally over!

Craig Holgate

I am fairly new to ultra running, running my first race in November 2011. However, 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 

World Trail Champs - 25th place
Anglo Celtic Plate 100k 2013 - 2nd (1st UK athlete) 7:12
Anglo Celtic Plate 100k 2012 - 3rd (2nd UK athlete) 7:26
North Downs Way 50 2013 - 1st & CR 6:47
Shires and Spires 2012 & 2013 - 1st
Thames Trot 50 2012 - 1st, 2013 - 2nd
Thames Path 100 2012 - 1st & CR: 15:11 
Herward Relay 39miles 2011 - 1st

Top 5:

1. 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.

2 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.

3.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.

4. Thames Path 2012.  My first and so far only 100miler.  The double espresso at 85miles was one of the nicest things I had ever tasted

5. NDW 50 2013 - The only ultra I have done where I felt great all the way round. At the finish I felt like I could have turned round and ran back to the start, it was one of those days.

Terry Conway

I am a ultramarathon trail runner in love with the mountains. Find me a 100 mile race over mountainous terrain and I'm there. See you on the trails some time... 2014 Key Races: Ronda Del Cims, Tor Des Geants. 

Past Results 

Lakeland 100 (1st 2011, 2012 course record)
West Highland Way Race (1st 2012 course record)
Ultra Trail Barcelona (3rd)

Top 3

1. Finishing 4th in the UTLD Lakeland 100 2010. I was under-prepared, under-trained and not really ready for the race. Everything hurt so much and I lost the use of my left leg after 70 miles. Just finishing showed me that I had the mentality to compete at the 100 mile distance.

2. Winning and setting a new course record at the UTLD Lakeland 100 2012. I got to run with some of my closest friends for 60 miles and spend the weekend with friends and family.

3. Winning and setting a new course record for the West Highland Way Race 95 mile 2012.


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!

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 at CR
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....


Ian Sharman

Ian is an avid ultrarunner in every type of terrain and location possible. He's an online ultrarunning coach, podcaster (Talk Ultra), journalist (irunfar) and has represented England and been selected for the GB 100k team. He's been ultrarunning since 2005 and has run over 170 ultras and marathons in over 30 countries globally. He loves multi-day races, road marathons, trail ultras and has been lucky enough to run in several mountain ranges, including the Himalayas, Andes and European Alps. He's also finished in the top 10 at Western States 100 for the past three consecutive years and holds the fastest time in North America for a trail 100 miler, at Rocky Raccoon in 2011.

Past Results 

  • 2013 Leadville Trail 100 Champion
  • Rocky Raccoon 100 (course record of 12:44)
  • Marathon des Sables (13th in 2008)
  • Comrades (fastest time of 6:01 or 6:31/mile for 55.5 miles)
  • Western States Endurance Run (3 consecutive top 10 finishes with a best time of 15:54 in 2012)
  • Transalpine Run Stage Race 
  • Everest Marathon
  • Tring to Town (multiple wins)
  • Thames Path Ultra/Thames Meander (wins and podiums)
  • Road Marathons (approx. 100 across four continents with a PB of 2:32)

Top 5:

1. Finishing my first ultra at the London to Brighton road race in 2005 and learning that the body can do a lot more than I expected.

2. My best run of any type ever, at the 2010 Comrades ultra in South Africa where I pushed harder than ever before and managed to hold it to the end - very satisfying.

3. Running the Trans Alpine stage race with a friend in 2009 as a pure holiday rather than trying to compete - 8 days of the most spectacular views and the best company you could have for a trip like this, other ultra- and mountain-runners.

4. My third Western States 100-miler which was somehow more fun and exciting than the first two, plus it was the first time I got to see the full course after two snow course re-routes. Somehow it gets more fun each year as I get to know more of the running community over in the US, so it feels like an annual party, Statesmas!

5. Rocky Raccoon 2011 where things went perfectly, a rare occurrence in a 100-miler, and led to feeling good all day long and barely slowing to run 12:44 and want to keep running at the end (even rarer in a 100-miler!).

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. 2011 was my first 24-hour, 2012 was the GUCR and this year the Lakeland 100.  2014 is still to be decided.  

Blog: www.debsonrunning.blogspot.com

Past Results 

100 miles PB - 15:48
200km PB - 20:55
24 hours PB – 220km
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.
Lakeland 100 2013: 28:02. 2nd lady.  13th overall
Devil of the Highlands 1st lady in 2012 in 6:54
Grand Union Canal: 1st overall.  Female record holder
Thames Path 100 2013: 1st lady and 4th overall

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.

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:

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.


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!


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

2013 Results 

Country to Capital, 6th place, 6.35
Steyning Stinger Marathon 3.38 1st place
Three forts 27.2 miles 3.28 1st place
Salisbury 50km 3.53, 2nd overall and 1st lady
Farnham Marathon 3.19 2nd lady
Downslink Ultra 38 miles, 3rd overall and 1st lady, 4.47

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


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.


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.  

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)

Marathon Des Sables 2006
Racing the Planet 4Deserts 2007 - 2009: Chile, China, Egypt, Antarctica (3 x Top 10 finishes)
Old Dominion 100 2009
Badwater 2010
Caesars Camp 100 2010
Rocky Raccoon 100 2009/2012/2013 (PB 17:32)
Western States 100 2011
Leadville 100 2011
Comrades 2012
'UTMB' 2012
Ironman New Zealand 2013
Grand Union Canal Race 2013: 29hrs10 (1st Place)
Spartathlon 2013
Bob Graham Round 2014

Top 5:

  1. Finishing the Spartathlon. Something I agonised over for 12 months as my 2012 race was cut short. The ultimate running race. 
  2. Finishing my first 100 miler at Rocky Raccoon in 2009
  3. My Three Forts Marathon win in 2010 when everything just clicked and I flew. Still possibly my best ever run.
  4. Gutting out a finish at Western States in 2011 on no running legs. 
  5. Running the SDW unsupported with Neil Bryant in 2012. A perfect execution of pure running. 


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