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Athletes Beth Pascall. When Salomon-sponsored athlete Beth is not running in her local Peak District hills, she works as doctor in paediatrics. Beth is the Lakeland 100 record holder (21hrs 29mins) and winner of the Highland Fling and Spine Race. She has excelled internationally, finishing 2nd in the Madeira Ultra Trail, 6th in Diagonale des Foux, and 4th in TGC. In 2018 she finished 11th in the World Trail Champs in Spain, 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. In 2020 she ran a record-breaking 14hrs 34min for the Bob Graham Round. When racing resumed in 2021, Beth won the Canyons 100k and the Western States 100 in 17hrs 10 mins. Beth’s blog is well worth a read.
Athletes Katie Kaars-Sijpesteijn. Katie is also sponsored by Salomon and 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 Rebecca Di-Luzio. Based in the South-East of England, Rebecca is a recent addition to the hugely popular and highly successful VO2max Coaching family. She has a varied and impressive sporting history which includes open-water swimming, a gold medal in the Commonwealth Regatta for rowing, and a few years riding as a semi-pro cyclist. Rebecca only started running in late 2019 and in that time won her first two races (The Fox Ultra 42km and the Endurancelife Sussex 55km). In May 2021 she competed in her first true ultra-marathon (the South Down Way 100km) and finished 4th in an excellent 10 hours 19 minutes.
Athletes Carla Molinaro. Carla is an ultra runner, adventurer and self-employed running and strength coach who seeks out events that are slightly harder than the average. She loves pushing her body to the limits by running a long way, up mountains, around islands and recently traversing the length of Great Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats and setting a new ladies record along the way. She has represented Great Britain at the 100km World Championships and in early 2021 ran a 100km P.B. of 8:01 in the Hoka One One Project Carbon X2. Over the next 12 months Carla will be racing on the roads and trails with an aim to better her 2018 performance of 9th (6 hours 50 mins) in the Comrades Marathon. She has started well with 10km P.B. of 36’46”.
Athletes Fiona Pascall. Fiona is a pilates teacher and personal trainer and you can read more about her business, The Fitness Bubble, here. She has been running semi-competitively for only four years. However, inspired by the achievements of her big sister, she’s decided to take the sport of ultra-running, more seriously. In July 2021, off fairly limited training, she ran the Bob Graham Round in 19 hour 48 minutes. Since then Fiona has performed really well in a couple of shorter ultras – 2nd in the Endurancelife Gower Ultra (52km/+1300m) and 1st in the Nav-4 Tour de Helvellyn (60km/+2300m) in an excellent time of 6 hours 29 minutes. In 2022 Fiona hopes to continue to race and attempt a number of FKTs in the Lake District.
Athletes Harry Jones. From representing Wales as a junior on the track to running professionally for Hoka One One as an ultra trail runner, Harry has been a runner for nearly 2/3 of his life. He ran his first 100km race in Thailand in 2014. Since then he has steadily improved and chalked up an impressive CV. He has won the Translantau 100km, the TNF 100 Thailand, and the Nine Dragons 50. He has also finished 2nd in the Mozart 100 and the TNF Hong Kong 100, 3rd at Ultra Trail Australia, the Cappadocia Ultra and the Tarawera 100k, 4th at Penyagolosa and Transgrancanaria, 7th in the Eiger Ultra Trail and the Lavaredo 120km Ultra, 8th at CCC, and 15th at UTMB! In 2021 he won the Ultra Trail Snowdonia 50k and was 3rd in the Lakeland Trails 100k.
Athletes George Foster. George is a 31 year old Dynafit sponsored athlete from Yorkshire. A member of Ambleside A.C., his main interest lies in mountain running and has performed very well in numerous fell and sky races. Since joining the VO2max Coaching team George has improved steadily. In 2019 he won the Cross du Velan (Switzerland) and the Lakeland Four Passes, and backed that up with a 2nd at The Rut Skyrace and 6th at the Pikes Peak Ascent. In 2020 he improved further with a 2nd place finish at the Matterhorn Ultraks and a 13hr 44min Bob Graham Round (the fastest time by an English runner). In 2021 he won his first ultra, the Lakeland Trails 100km, which doubled a the British Athletics Ultra Running Champs. George also has a great blog – www.fellicionado.com – which documents his running etc..
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 Champs by a senior British man. In 2021 he ran the fastest ever time by a British athlete at Sierre-Zinal, the world’s most competitive mountain race, finishing 2nd in 2 hrs 32 mins. On the roads he has run 14’25” for 5km, 29’22” for 10km, 64’27” for the Half Marathon, and 2:14’56” for the Marathon. Robbie has also won the prestigious Jungfrau Marathon four times and in 2018 won a marathon bronze in the Brisbane Commonwealth Games. After a promising first ultra in 2019 (the TNF50 where he finished 5th in 6hrs 48mins), in 2021 he finished an excellent 2nd in the OCC and 7th in the Grand Trail des Templiers.
Athletes Peter Abraham. After turning his attention from shorter distances towards ultras, Altrinham athlete Peter immediately produced some notable performances. In 2017 he finished 3rd in the British 50km Road Champs and ran 15hrs 58mins in his first 100 miler, The Autumn 100, where he was also 3rd overall. In 2018 Peter continued to improve in ultra-distance events with a 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! Peter has improved further in 2021 with 9th in the North Downs Way 50, 5th in the South Downs Way 100, and a total distance of 231 km in his first 24-hour race (where he also ran a 100 mile P.B. of 14 hours 37 minutes).
Athletes Runar Sæther. Hailing from Norway and based in Yorkshire, in his seven years as a competitive athlete Runar has stacked up an impressive array of performances on the roads and mountain trails. Largely an ultra trail runner, he has finished in the top 5 in a number of big international events including Festival de Templiers 100km. Runar competed for Norway in the 2019 World Trail Championships in Portugal. In 2020 he ran a marathon PB of 2 hours 35 mins in Malta, along with an impressive Bob Graham Round in 16 hours. In 2021 Runar continued to improve with a dominating win in the Lakeland 50 (7 hours 41 minutes).
Athletes Mark Walsh. One of the most recent additions to the VO2max Coaching team, Mark hails from West Cumbria and races mainly on the roads (with the occasional fell run) for Keswick A.C.. Mark has been running competitively for about seven years and in that time has set personal best times on the road of 14’53” for 5km and 31’11” for 10km. Having recently joined the veteran ranks, Mark hopes to improve significantly on these times in 2022. In 2021 he ran a 10km P.B. and a three minute Half Marathon P.B. at Chester in a time of 68’49” (which he later reduced to 68’46” in Manchester). He finished 2021 with an excellent 10 mile P.B. of 50’42” at Brampton to Carlisle. Mark does not have a blog.
Athletes Alan Hilley. A doctor based in the North-East, Alan has been competing seriously for only a few years but has already put in some excellent performances in the mountains. In 2019 he finished 6th in his first ultra – the Hardmoors 60 miler. After starting 2021 by time trialling to a big marathon P.B. of 2hrs 41mins, Alan started training for his first sky races. He finished 4th in the Pinnacle Ridge Extreme, 8th in the Scafell Trail Marathon (which doubled as the British trial race for the world trail champs), and won the Skyline Scotland Ben Nevis Ultra. In 2022 Alan hopes to move further afield and run some big ultras in the Alps.
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). Over the past year Dan has turned his attention to some faster workouts on the roads, and in 2021 he has managed to whittle his 10km personal best down from 39 minutes to 37 minutes and knock 7 minutes off his half marathon P.B. (81’48” in Lancaster).
Athletes Josh Bakker-Dyos. Based in Edinburgh, Josh is an anaesthetist and a Royal Navy Commando. His passion for adventure has seen him cycling, skiing, climbing, and diving on five continents. 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  7th in the Glencoe Skyline. In 2020 Josh recorded solo half-marathon (78’43”) and marathon (2hrs 43mins) P.B.s, ran two Fastest Known Times (5hrs 12mins on the Pentlands 500s and 9hrs 34mins on the Mullardoch Round), won the Lakes Mountain 42 race, and completed an impressive Rigby Round (20hrs 44mins). 2021 was an exceptional year with a win in the Cairngorms 60km Ultra, 4th in the Lakeland Trails 100km, and another win in the Ultra Trail Snowdonia 100 miler.