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Athletes Robbie Simpson. With a 3rd place finish in Betws-y-Coed, Wales in 2015, Robbie won the first ever individual medal in a World Mountain Running Championships by a senior British man. He also finished 2nd and 4th in the 2014 and 2015 European Mountain Running Championships, and became Scotland’s (and Britain’s) fastest ever runner at Sierre-Zinal, the world’s most competitive mountain race, finishing 3rd in 2 hrs 33 mins. On the roads he has run 14’25” for 5km, 29’22” for 10km, 64’39” for the Half Marathon, and 2:15’04” for the Marathon. In 2016, in his best mountain running season to date, Robbie produced a 2nd place finish at Sierre-Zinal and a win in the Jungfrau Marathon.
Athletes Chris Steele. Based in Cumbria, Chris is a seasoned fell and mountain runner and has been in consistently fantastic form over the last twelve months. Since starting with VO2max Coaching he has produced some big PBs on the road and put in several record-breaking runs on the fells. He has also produced an outstanding debut performance at Thyon-Dixence in the Swiss Alps, and finished 7th in the British Mountain Running Championships in Wales. So far this season Chris has picked up PBs for 10km (31’03” at Telford) and Half Marathon (68’29” at Blackpool). He has had similar success on the fells with a wins at the Edale Skyline and Coledale Horseshoe, and a career best time of 2hrs 57mins in the Three Peaks Fell Race to give him 7th overall.
Athletes Gary House. Hailing from North Wales, Gary is a self-employed Running Technique Specialist and Nutritionist at RunStrong. Gary’s passion is for ultra-running. A relative newcomer, he is already competing at the sharp end of the sport. He won the Equinox 24-hour race in 2015, covering 200km non-stop, and in 2014 finished 2nd in the Liverpool to Leeds (135 miles in under 24 hours). This year he has competed in a number of increasingly long and tough ultra-trail competitions, culminating in another win in the Equinox 24-hour race and an excellent 200km performance in the Barcelona 24-hour track race. In 2017 Gary is up to the same kind of thing, with the Lakeland 100 being a major goal.
Athletes Peter Abraham. Altrincham A.C. athlete Peter Abraham has been running competitively for eight years. His attention has recently turned towards ultra-running, producing some very notable performances in the The Wall, Thames Trott, Canalathon, Adidas Thunder Run, and the Ultra Tour of Suffolk. The spring and summer of 2017 has been Peter’s finest ultra-running season to date, with a 3rd place finish in the British 50km road Championships, a nine hour Lakeland 50, and 2nd place in the Round Ripon Ultra. He capped this off with a marvellous 15hrs 58mins in his first ever 100 miler, The Autumn 100, where he finished 3rd overall.
Athletes Hannah Jarvis. A Welsh international mountain runner, Hannah has secured victories in many fell races in her home country, including the infamous Llanbedr To Blaenafon. She is an athlete who has built and maintained a strong reputation for pushing herself to the limit each and every time she takes to the start line. Hannah has recently set personal best times for 10km (36’59” at Swansea), Half-Marathon (79’34” at Getafe, Spain) and Marathon (2 hrs 52 mins in London). She also had an excellent 2016 season in the Alps, with a win in the Schilthorn Inferno, 2nd in the Glacier 3000 run, and 11th at the Jungfrau Marathon. Hannah will be spending the summer competing in road races in her build-up for an autumn marathon.
Athletes Justin Maxwell. Although Justin will be spending the coming winter competing in road, fell and cross-country races, his long-term goals include several ultra-distance events, with UTMB being the highlight. Originally from a road-running background (with PBs of 15’54” for 5km and 2 hrs 38 mins for the Marathon), since 2012 he has ran in many of the world’s toughest mountain races – Transvulcania, Pikes Peak, Matterhorn Ultraks and CCC to name but a few. He has also represented Northern Ireland many times, most recently in the IAU Trail World Champs in Annecy. Moreover, Justin’s passion for ultra-running has seen him become one of the co-founders of the Garmin Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race, Northern Ireland’s toughest mountain race.
Athletes Jayson Cavill. Jayson has been running competitively for a mere five years, starting out with fell running in his native Yorkshire, only to move up in distance and further afield to the likes of Chamonix and La Palma in more recent years. In this short time he has established himself as one of Great Britain’s most successful ultra-trail runners, with back-to-back wins in the Montane Lakeland 50, the latter in 2016 being a race record of 7hrs 38mins. Jayson has also put in some excellent performances in Skyrunning, most notably at the Glen Coe Skyline, V3K Ultra Extreme, and Mourne Skyline. Also a successful running coach in his own right, learn more about Jayson here.
Athletes George Foster. George is a 31 year old mountain runner from North Yorkshire. A member of Keswick A.C., he has been running competitively for about 5 years. His main interest lies on the fells and in longer races, and has recently performed well at Wasdale, Kentmere and Langdale, and at the Glencoe Skyline. In 2016 he also completed the Bob Graham Round. His big goals for 2017 focus on a mixture of European races (including the Dolomites Skyrace) and races in his home Lake District (most notably the inaugural Scafell Skyrace). George also has a great blog – – which documents his running and rock climbing.
Athletes Chris Richards. Chris is the youngest and most recent member of the VO2Max Coaching team. A member of Helm Hill Runners, he has been running for 6 years and has made steady progress on the fells and over cross-country, and has been a regular member of the England mountain running squad. With another year or so left in the Junior ranks, Chris remains focused on improving over the country and roads, and in the mountains. Things have got off to an excellent start for Chris with a 10km PB in Telford of 31’48” (in the process of which he bettered his 5km PB twice!), and with wins in the both the GB U20 European and World Mountain Running Championships Selection races to gain his first ever Great Britain vests.
Athletes Ally Beaven. Hailing from the Orkney Islands in the north of Scotland, it’s no surprise to find Ally most at home in the mountains. Ally has performed at a high level in many of the UK’s toughest mountain races, including the Dragon’s Back, Mourne Skyline Mountain Trail Race, Glen Coe Skyline, Lakes Sky Ultra, and the OMM. In the summer of 2017 Ally took his mountain running to another level when he completed the spectacular Euphoria Del Cims, a 233km ultra in the Principality of Andorra. You can read all about this race (and more, including his record-breaking sub-4 hour run on the Cairngorm 4000s) in his excellent blog.
Athletes Matty Abel. A former elite-level kayaker, Matty is a performance running coach with the Nike+ Run Club and has his own coaching business, DBA Runners, based around Sydney’s Northern Beaches. He has been competing as a professional ultra-marathon runner since 2012, and has raced all over the world, from New Zealand to the French Alps. He has won the The Big Red Run 250km stage race and in 2016 represented Australia and New Zealand in the Sky Running World Championships. I first came across Matty at the brutal Northburn 100km Ultra, which he won, beating all but one of the 50km runners in the process. Matty is currently on hiatus from serious ultra-trail competition, and is building up for a road marathon in the spring of 2017.