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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 specialising in paediatrics. Beth is the current Lakeland 100 course record holder (21hrs 29mins) and the winner of the Highland Fling and Spine Race. She has excelled internationally on the World Trail Tour, finishing 2nd in the Madeira Ultra Trail, 6th in Diagonale des Foux, and 4th in TGC. 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. In 2020 she ran a marathon debut of 2:48 in Seville and a 14hrs 34min Bob Graham Round (the current record). 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 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 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 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 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 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 capped it all off with an impressive Rigby Round (20hrs 44mins).
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 the first few months of 2021 he has managed to whittle his 10km personal best down from 39 minutes to 37 minutes !!!
Athletes George Foster. George is a 31 year old Scott Sports sponsored athlete from Yorkshire. A member of Ambleside A.C., 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. 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 (USA) and 6th at the Pikes Peak Ascent (USA). In 2020 he improved further with a 2nd place finish at the Matterhorn Ultraks and an excellent 13hrs 44mins Bob Graham Round (the fastest time by an English runner). George also has a great blog – www.fellicionado.com – which documents his running and various other interests.
Athletes John Yells. John competes for legendary Scottish hill running club Lochaber A.C. He is 28 years of age and has been a serious mountain runner for five years. In this time John has racked up an impressive series of performances in Scottish hill racing. These include Goat Fell, 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 finished a career best 3rd in the Isle of Jura Hill Race. He also gained his first Scottish vest at the Snowdon International, won the SHR Long Classics series, and finished 3rd in the SHR Championships! John has started 2021 well with an FKT on the Dartmoor 600.
Athletes Peter Abraham. In 2016 Altrincham A.C. athlete Peter turned his attention from the shorter distances towards ultra-running. He produced some notable performances in the The Wall, Thames Trott, Canalathon, Adidas Thunder Run, and the Ultra Tour of Suffolk. 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 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! He has started 2021 well with a 9th place finish in the North Downs Way 50 (8hrs 05mins).
Athletes Rob Allen. Hailing from The South of England, in his five short years of running Rob has stacked up an impressive array of race performances on the roads, fells and trails. Largely an ultra trail runner, he has ran 31 hours at UTMB, 25 hours at the Lakeland 100, 13 hours at Lakes In A Day, 68 hours at the Dragon’s Back Race, 12 hours at the Race To The Stones, and The Spine! In 2020, Rob completed the Thames Path 100 in 17hrs 55 mins, set a new Fastest Known Time on his local 120 mile trail the Greensand Way (29 hours), and rounded the year off with a new Winter Record for the classic Lakeland Lakes, Meres and Waters (170km / +6500m / 29 hours 21 mins).
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 15’13” for 5km and 31’25” for 10km. Having recently joined the veteran ranks, Mark hopes to improve significantly on these times in 2021. Early signs of this happening are good. And he’s started the year well by running a three minute Half Marathon P.B. at Chester of 68’49”. Mark does not have a blog.