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Athletes Beth Pascall. When Salomon-sponsored athlete Beth is not out running in her local Peak District hills, she works as doctor specialising in paediatrics. Beth is the current Lakeland 100 course record holder (21hrs 29mins) and the winner of the Highland Fling and The Spine Race. She has also excelled internationally on the World Trail Tour, finishing 2nd in the Madeira Ultra Trail, 6th in Diagonale des Foux, and 4th in Transgrancanaria. In 2018 she represented G.B. at the World Trail Champs in Spain, finishing 11th, and later in the world’s most competitive trail race – UTMB – she finished 4th. In 2019 Beth won the Ultra-Trail Cape Town 100k, finished 4th at Western States and 5th at UTMB. Beth started 2020 in great form with a marathon debut of 2:48 in Seville. Beth’s blog is well worth a read.
Athletes Katie Kaars-Sijpesteijn. An ultra runner for eight years, Katie is also sponsored by Salomon. She is most well-known for her record-breaking performances in some of Britain’s most competitive mountain races. She is the current record holder in the Lakeland 50 (8 hours and 2 minutes) and Lakes In A Day (10 hours and 45 minutes), a race which she won outright in 2018. For the last three years she has represented G.B. at the IAU World Trail Running Champs. She has also competed at a very high level in some of the world’s toughest Skyraces including the Madeira Sky Marathon, Trofeo Kima, Glencoe Skyline, 80km du Mont Blanc, and the Gore-Tex Maxi Race. Katie has started 2019 very well with a second place finish in Reventon Trail El Paso on La Palma, third in the Three Peaks, and 7th in the Mt Olympus Skyrace.
Athletes Meryl Cooper. Meryl is a Scottish ultra-trail runner based in Gran Canaria and Aberdeenshire. She’s an ASICS ambassador and although a runner for less than four years, she has already made remarkable progress. In 2018 she won the Grossglockner Ultra-Trail 75k and finished 3rd at Ultra-Trail Cape Town 65k. In 2019 she ran for Great Britain in the World Trail Championships, finished 13th at C.C.C., and 4th in the Cappadocia 63k Ultra. And most recently she finished an excellent 6th in the Ultra-Trail Cape Town 100k. In 2020 she’ll be running more ultras in the mountains, racing a wee bit on the roads, and hopefully writing all about it in her Blog!
Athletes Ellie Howard. Hailing from Yorkshire, Ellie comes from a climbing background and is a professional climbing manager and coach who has worked with the Austrian and British National Teams. Her main goals are to improve her performances in ultra-marathons in the mountains. She started ultra running in 2016, completing the Keilder 50km and Scafell Pike Marathon. In 2019 she finished fourth in the Pennine Barrier 50 miler and Grossglockner Ultra-Trail 50km. Although Ellie has not had an opportunity to race so far this year, in May 2020 she took part in the Centurion Running One Community virtual race and managed to run an outstanding personal distance record of 121km in 16.5 hours on a short loop course by her house!
Athletes Josh Bakker-Dyos. Based in Edinburgh, Josh is an trainee anaesthetist and a Royal Navy Commando. His passion for adventure has seen him cycling, skiing, climbing, and diving on five continents. In 2016 he got to 7500m on Dhaulagiri in the Himalaya. If you think this lifestyle would leave very little time for running you’d be wrong. Josh has recently been focusing on ultra-running and in 2019 finished 10th in the Misurina Skymarathon, 12th in Race to the King, and 7th in the Glencoe Skyline. Despite 2020 being a bit of a washout in terms of racing, Josh has ran a half-marathon P.B. (78’43”), has set himself a number challenging personal goals in the Scottish highlands, and hopes to compete in a few big mountain races at the end of the season including his first 100 miler in the Pyrenees.
Athletes Daniel Shaw. Dan has been running competitively since 2012. In that time has racked up an impressive array of performances in Mountain Ultra Trail events in the UK. These have included the Ultimate Trails 100km, the High Peak 40, the Peaks Skyrace, the Lakes 3 x 3000m Ultra, the Kielder 80k, the Green Man Ultra, and the Ridgeway Challenge 86. So far in 2018 Dan has been continuing in much the same vein with great runs in Transvulcania, the Kielder 50k (4th overall), the Grand Tour of Skiddaw (5th), and the Scafell Pike Marathon (7th). For the rest of the year and into 2019 Dan will be trying something a little different and targeting a number of road races before turning his attention back to the trails and the Hoka Highland Fling.
Athletes James Callender. Based in Glasgow and running for Westerlands, James has been running competitively for about six years. For him the distance or the terrain doesn’t really matter. The main thing is the running. During the winter he focuses largely on road running and has ran a number of PBs this year, including 56’17” in the Preston 10 miler and 75’05” in the Strathaven Half Marathon. In 2018 James also completed his first ever road marathon in Barcelona, posting an excellent time of 2hrs 40mins. James is perhaps better known as a hill runner and runs anything up to 20 hill races each year. This year he finished in 42nd position in the Isle of Jura hill race in 4hrs 20mins, a personal best performance by 41 places and 19 minutes.
Athletes John Yells. John competes for legendary Scottish hill running club Lochaber A.C. and is a recent addition to the hugely popular and highly successful VO2max Coaching family. At 26 years of age and a serious mountain runner for a few years only, John has already racked up an impressive series of performances in Scottish hill racing. These include Goat Fell, Jura, the Carnethy Five, Aonach Mor, and Stuc A Chroin. In 2018 he competed strongly in the Scafell Skyrace. In 2019 John won the infamous triple crown of British hill running, the Three Peaks series – running well at Scafell, Snowdon and Ben Nevis. He also gained his first Scottish vest at the Snowdon International, won the SHR Long Classics series, and finished 3rd in the SHR Championships!
Athletes Stuart Crutchfield. Based in Fort William, Stu also runs for fabled Scottish hill running club Lochaber A.C.. In the five years since he started running competitively in the mountains he has raced most of the North’s toughest hill races, including Isle of Jura, Arrochar Alps, and Ben Nevis. Stuart has had a great season of uninterrupted racing in 2018 and shown considerable improvements in all of his race performances. His most impressive runs have come at Isle of Jura (11th), Scafell (17th), The Ben Nevis race (50th), Beinn Resipol (8th), Stuc a’ Chroin (10th), and Cioch Mhor (7th). In 2019 he’ll doing pretty much the same kind of thing, only faster (we hope!), although over the winter he’ll be working on his speed and competing in his first ever Park Run. Stu does not have a blog.
Athletes George Foster. George is a 31 year old Scott Sports sponsored athlete from Yorkshire. A member of Ambleside A.C., he has been running competitively for eight years. His main interest lies in mountain running and has performed very well at Lairig Ghru, Wasdale, Kentmere, Langdale, the Scafell Skyrace, and the Glencoe Skyline. He has also completed the Bob Graham Round. Since joining the VO2max Coaching team George has improved steadily and 2019 was his best summer to date with a wins at the Cross du Velan (Switzerland) and the Lakeland Four Passes, 2nd at The Rut Skyrace (USA), and 6th at the Pikes Peak Ascent (USA). George also has a great blog – www.fellicionado.com – which documents his running, rock climbing, and various other interests.
Athletes Shaun Dixon. A highly experienced athlete with over 20 years of track, road and cross-country running under his belt, Shaun signed up with the VO2maxCoaching team in June of 2019 in order to pursue another love of his, mountain running. As well as many impressive P.B.s, including a 2:25 marathon and 30mins for 10,000m, Shaun has previously won the Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships and represented Great Britain in the European Mountain Running Champs. Currently based in Amsterdam, he plans to compete in a series of tough races throughout the Alps this summer. And he’s started the season well with wins in Garmisch and in Tasch.
Athletes Gary House. Hailing from North Wales, Gary is a self-employed Coach, 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 has won the Equinox 24-hour race twice (in 2015 and 2016), covering 200km non-stop, finished 2nd in the Liverpool to Leeds (135 miles in under 24 hours), and covered an excellent 200km in the Barcelona 24-hour track race. In 2018 he finished 12th in the 50 mile Highland Fling Race and 3rd in the 75 mile Pen Llyn Ultra. Gary started 2019 with an impressive 2:47 marathon P.B. in Barcelona. And in May 2019 he completed the infamous Dragon’s Back Race.
Athletes Peter Abraham. Altrincham A.C. athlete Peter Abraham has been running competitively for 14 years. In 2016 his attention turned from the shorter distances towards ultra-running, and he produced some notable performances in the The Wall, Thames Trott, Canalathon, Adidas Thunder Run, and the Ultra Tour of Suffolk. 2017 was a great season for Peter. It included a 3rd place finish in the British 50km Road Champs, a nine hour Lakeland 50, and 15hrs 58mins for his first ever 100 miler, The Autumn 100, where he finished 3rd overall. In 2018 Peter continued to improve in ultra-distance events with an outstanding win in the Connemara 39 mile road race and 27hrs 30mins in the Lakeland 100. In 2019 he completed the Comrades Marathon in 7hrs 28mins and the legendary 250km Spartathlon in 33hrs 03mins!