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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 five years. His attention has recently turned towards ultra-running, producing some very notable performances in the The Wall Ultra, Thames Trott Ultra, Canalathon, and Adidas Thunder Run. Most recently he finished 2nd overall in the 50 mile Ultra Tour of Suffolk. Despite a recent injury setback, Peter is well on the way to regaining full fitness and is training hard for an action-packed 2017 which will include the Manchester Marathon, the Lakeland 50, and the Autumn 100.
Athletes John Dingelstad. John has been running non-competitively for over ten years. In 2014 he completed the Lakeland 50, his first ultra-distance event, and ever since then he has been hooked. In the 2016 Lakeland 50, he improved his performance at the 2015 event by over three hours with a time of 14 hours and 47 minutes! In the months to come, John will be working on building a solid training foundation which will allow him to run more efficiently over longer distances.
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 Richard Roberts. Richard has been running competitively for more than 10 years. A member of Eryri Harriers, his main interest is fell and mountain running. He has won many fell races in his native Wales over the years and has run internationally for his country on a number of occasions. He is also a keen road runner, with P.B.s of 15’41” for 5km, 31’46” for 10km, 69’01” for Half-Marathon and 2:37 for Marathon. Richard’s main focus in the winter and spring of 2017 will be on the fells, with the Yorkshire Three Peaks race being his major objective.
Athletes George Foster. George is a 31 year old mountain runner from North Yorkshire. He runs for Ambleside A.C. and 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 – www.fellicionado.com – 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. This summer he hopes to take his mountain running to another level when he attempts the spectacular Euphoria Del Cims, a 233km ultra in the Principality of Andorra.
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.