Carrying all that was needed to survive days in the beautiful Alps on his back, Ultra Strider Craig Eccleston took on the UTMB CCC a 101km ultra run that forms part of the Ultra Trail World Tour. Despite the harsh conditions Craig managed to complete a quarter of the race covering 6600ft of elevation over 17 miles but even with this sterling effort he was unable to meet the next time check missing it by only 15 minutes. An amazing achievement to even make the start line of such a prestigious race, Craig says he will be back to tackle the Alps again!
Spitfire Scramble 24hr Race : 15th – 16th July 2017
The Spitfire Scramble is a 24-hour multi-terrain relay or solo race. Entrants can run on their own or in teams of two to eight. The runners set off on their first 5.9 mile lap at midday on the Saturday and continue through the night until midday the next day. Solo runners are able to rest, if required, team runners must have a runner on course at all times.
2 Striders decided to take on London’s only 24hr trail race:
Alison Davey was part of a team of 5 ladies ‘Laughing Ladies of Essex & Kent’ winning their 3-5 category. Alison ran 6 of the 30 laps completed by her team in a total time of 24hrs 38s.
Craig Eccleston was in the minority tackling the event solo, he completed 7 laps which took him to just under the 40 miles mark in a time of 14hrs 59m 11s.
Bradley Clayton took on his first ultra the NDW50, a 50 mile point to point run along the North Downs Way National Trail from Farnham in Surrey to Knockholt Pound on the outskirts of Greater London. Total Climb 5,600ft which he successfully completed in a time of 10hrs 36m 38s placing him 114th out of 221 overall that finished from the original 366 entrants.
Nick Gallavin took part in the Montane® Spine Race which is widely regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance races. A truly epic challenge that tests participants physical resilience and mental fortitude. Racing non-stop along the most iconic trail in the UK, the 268 mile pennine way in under 7 days he completed it in 157:39:43, a little over 6 1/2 days experiencing the full intensity and ferocity of the british winter.
Nick has raised £2765 for the Loose Swiss Scout Group so far, if you would like to help get young people out there having great adventures you can help him by donating on his fundraising page: mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/nickgallavin
Event: High Weald Challenge 50k Ultra Trail
Date: 25th September 2016
Location: Tunbridge Wells
Bradley Clayton and Craig Eccleston took on the High Weald Challenge a 50k (33m) ultra trail run taking in the beautiful undulating Sussex countryside including the famous Pooh Sticks Bridge from Winne the Pooh. Bradley taking part in his first Ultra and first event post Ironman in August, crossed the line in 6h 21m 30s placing him 40th in the field of 88 runners, this was Craig’s 3rd ultra event this year finishing in 6h 50m 47s placing him 63rd overall of those who managed to complete the event in the 8 hour cut off time.
Event: Race to the Stones
Date: 16/17th July 2016
Location: Lewknor to Avebury
Four Striders took part in the Race to the Stones 100k ultra challenge, two of them choosing to do the distance non stop and two of them choosing the two day option. The event takes the runners along The Ridgeway, taking in breath-taking scenery and famous landmarks along what is described as Britain’s oldest road, running from the Chilterns in Oxfordshire to the North Wessex Downs.
Andy Baptie and Rachel Ward took on the 2 day challenge of covering 100km over 2 days; Andy and Rachel came over the line hand in hand in a time of 14hrs 29mins 6secs placing them 116/117 out of 638 entrants. Stuart Bing and James Pamplin completed the 100k nonstop event also putting in the same time of 20hrs 36mins 42secs. Full Results.
The Ridgeway is recognised as the oldest path in the UK. Along it’s length you will find traces of generations stretching back over 5,000 years. It is lined with Bronze Age hill forts, neolithic burial chambers, Roman river crossings and culminates in the largest neolithic stone circle complex in Europe at Avebury. When you travel its length you can understand why people have trodden this path for so long. It is truly beautiful.
The route passes up and along the high ground South West from Lewknor in Oxfordshire to the Thames crossing at Goring. From this point the route rises up onto the North Wessex Downs passing golden fields of wheat before the iconic finish where you will walk between the towering standing stones of Avebury. It is also one of the most accessible long distance routes as it is just over an hour outside London and so the challenge you can focus on is the 100km, not a 9-hour drive to the middle of nowhere to get there!
Event: The Race to the King
Date: 25th June
Distance 53.5 miles
Kent Parker took part in The Race to the King which is a 53.5 mile race from Arundel to Winchester, he completed the race in 11 hours 33 mins. The Race to the King is an ultra which starts at the Slindon Estate near Arundel and finishes at Winchester Cathedral. It takes you along the South Downs Way, an ancient and well-trodden path along a ridge of chalk hills that has been used for millennia. The route offer breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, and has numerous historical sites such as Iron Age forts and Bronze Age burial grounds to pique the interest.
Graham Harraway travelled to Crete to take part in the Heroes Ultra. In it’s first year, the 156km route with an elevation of 5,500m was created by Panos Gonos and is based on the story of the abduction of General Kreipe, (Hitlers right hand man) by a handful of soldiers. The route starts in Nirtavri on the Northern side of the island and heads south and left across the mountains, to Peristeres Beach and follows the path that the WW2 British soldiers took after they kidnaped the General from one of the most heavily guarded regions and took him across Crete to the beach where they set sail to Egypt.
27 contestants set off at 8am on Saturday 21st hoping to meet the cut of time of 30 hours but Graham didn’t have to worry finishing in an amazing 26hrs 19m 28s placing him 7th out of the eventual 21 finishers. A brutal but fascinating journey, the local support even through the night was 2nd to none and a testament to the true Crete hospitality.
Event: North Downs Way 50
Date: 14th May 2016
Distance: 50 miles
In addition to the Sittingbourne 10k on Sunday Craig Eccleston and Liz Weeks took on the mammoth task of tackling the 5th North Downs Way 50 Ultra race. Starting in Farnham and following the beautiful North Downs Way National Trail ending in Knockholt Pound a total climb of 5,600 feet. Liz finished in a time of 8hr 44m 49s placing her 29th out of a 199 runners that completed the race. Craig finished in 10hr 28m 47s placing him 101st overall.