Eight Point Two

0 to 30 in 10 months
December 10, 2014, 12:34 pm
Filed under: Dig Deep Races, Eight Point Two News, Ultra running

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0 to 30 in 10 months.

An idea is born.

Earlier in the year we launched a competition related to our Dig Deep races www.digdeepraces.co.uk . The idea seemed a good one over coffee (as they always do) and “nought to thirty in ten months” was born.

The idea was to take a man and a woman with limited, or no, running experience and prepare them to race in our Dig Deep Peak District ‘Intro Ultra’ – a 30 mile foot race through the beautiful (but hilly) Peak District in August 2015.

The competition was launched and the prize was free entry in to the race along with free running kit supplied by race sponsor MAMMUT and free coaching plans and advice from Dave Taylor at Fell Running Guide – www.fellrunningguide.co.uk. The winners would also have their progress followed in Trail Running Magazine – the Dig Deep media partner.

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We had a great response and Dave Taylor and I sat down to pick the winners. On the face of it we thought that this would be an easy task but in the end it wasn’t… Dave and I ‘ummed and ahhhd’ and eventually we had a short list which was then (like a good shoe shop) whittled down to 2! Tonya and James were picked. This is what they had to say about themselves:


I’m 41 and I work as a Fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital Charity, which supports the Children’s Hospital here in Sheffield.

My running experience is extremely limited to the point where I only run for a bus if I really, really have to. I did try running once, think I ran as far as 2km in one go and was pooped haha! Being inspired by the people who fundraise for us and hitting 40 last year I decided it was time I took on a challenge so I did the 100km Trans Pennine walk from Manchester to Sheffield (go big or go home as they say) and was very pleased to have completed it in under 24hrs.

I work 9-5, some evenings and some weekends, depending on what’s happening at work at the time.

I guess my hopes & fears about entering the race at the moment is that I hope to complete it, without coming last and still being able to breathe at the end of it and my fear is the training programme set for me – I think it’s going to be a shock to the system haha!


I started trail running in 2011 a few years after hanging my boots up from many years of playing rugby. I had got somewhat unfit and a good friend of mine who has been trail/fell running for many years took me out on our local trails in Sutton Coldfield, in Sutton Park.

Since I took up trail running I have competed in a few events including the first 12.12 race which was tough! I think it took me 2hrs 30mins or there about.  I work for a large bakery manufacturing group, selling our product range to food wholesalers across the central belt of the UK. This involves a reasonable amount of travel throughout the week. It’s a really enjoyable job, I just need to make sure I don’t eat to many cakes that I have in plentiful supply at home due to sampling with customers!

I have 2 children and as with most runners I juggle family life. The amount of training time I have available does vary week by week depending on my appointments at work.

The mental challenge is intimidating for me and an area that I want to ensure I can be as strong as possible in. Having never had any professional advice on my running/pacing/race plan I am hopeful that I can learn a great deal right up to the race day for all aspects of ultra-running. Anticipating crossing the finish line already, but a little wary of the path that lays ahead!

First meetings…

In mid-November Dave and I met Tonya and James for the first time and we had some pictures taken out in the Peak District for Trail Running Magazine. We had an opportunity to see them on the trails and hills which would, in 10 months’ time, be their nemesis.

What then followed was a period of getting to know them. Firstly, Dave asked them to fill in a questionnaire – getting to know their work/life habits and past training experience and we also asked them to start a diary of their current training. We reviewed them 2 weeks and Tonya and James then started their first monthly training programme at the beginning of December. Both James and Tonya have started to realise the enormity of the task ahead, fitting in the training, and coping with the demands of preparing for a 30 mile run. However, like all big challenges in life, the key is to break it down in to smaller bite size chunks.

James and Tonya are both upbeat and keen to learn and train. Tonya has found her biggest challenge is fitting in the training around her work life whilst James has been hampered with a niggling injury. Welcome to the World of Ultra running!!!

The end of December will mark the end of their first period of training culminating in them both entering the Resolution Run at Rother Valley Country Park – an ideal introductory Trail race ( www.eightpointtwo.co.uk for race details).

We will be following their progress with regular blogs. Trail Running Magazine are also following their progress throughout the build up to next year’s race.

If you’re interested in entering the 2015 Dig Deep Races please look at www.digdeepraces.co.uk or contact me, the race director, at ian@eightpointtwo.co.uk

If you are interested in individual running training programmes or coaching please contact Dave Taylor at www.fellrunningguide.co.uk


Christmas Wish List: Dig Deep Suffolk

Santa Claus is coming and fingers crossed you’re in his good books because Santa means presents! Whether you’re writing your own wish list or trying to find a present for a runner it can be pretty tricky to come up with ideas. We’ve put together this list of ideas for Christmas gifts, ideal for any runner from Sweatshop, Official Retail Partner of Dig Deep Suffolk.


1. Sweatshop Running Quote T’s £7
These great value T’s are ideal for the runner with a sense of ho-ho-humour. No one will notice if you get one for yourself too…
2. Yurbuds IMI Pro Headphones £39.99
With music you can run faster, fact. These super comfy headphones will stream your block-rocking-beats right to your ears.

3. Clif Builders Bar £2.50
These tasty bars make a great stocking filler for any runner, packed with nutrients to keep you going stronger for longer.


4. Garmin Vivofit Watch £99.99
Keep track of your achievements in 2015 with this great bit of tech. The Vivofit watch is easy to use, comfortable and looks great on your wrist.


5. Karrimor Xlite Reflective Jacket £59.99
Get seen on the dark nights and mornings with this Xlite Reflective Jacket. No-one thought it was possible but sfe just got sexy, this is a must have!

6. Entry to Ultra Tour of Suffolk £55
Thought the London Marathon was a good challenge, then The Ultra Tour of Suffolk is the next step. 50 miles of trails in stunning Suffolk, only a short journey from London.

Christmas Wish List: Dig Deep Peak District

Santa Claus is coming and fingers crossed you’re in his good books because Santa means presents! Whether you’re writing your own wish list or trying to find a present for a runner it can be pretty tricky to come up with ideas. We’ve put together this list of ideas for Christmas gifts, ideal for any runner from Outside, Official Retail Partner of The Dig Deep Peak District.

1. Petzl MYO RXP £80.00
Runners don’t stop running when it’s a dark winters eve, the Petzl MYO RXP is a bright, comfortable and reliable head torch ideal for training and commuting in the hours of darkness.

2. Extremities Windy Glow Glove £20.00
These lightweight gloves provide protection from the cold while allowing your hand to breath and the brightly coloured inner makes them easy to see when they’re on or off your hands.

3. Mammut Eiger Extreme Moench Longsleve Top £99.00
No-one likes to be cold and with the Eiger Extreme top on you’ll be toasty and warm on the coldest of trails. An ideal winter baselayer for when it’s really cold and everyone is hiding inside.

4. Ultimate Direction PB Adventure Vest V2 £121.00
Winter running means more kit and you’ll need somewhere to keep it stashed while you’re on the trails, the PB Adventure vest provides a comfortable solution to storage and has the reputation to back it up.

5. Clif Bar £1.49
Everyone needs stocking fillers, instead of a chocolate bar mix things up with a Clif Bar or two. Yummy and great for when you go out on that Christmas day run that you promised yourself.

6. OS Explorer National Parks Digital Maps £40.00
Plan your next run with this great selection of maps for your computer, including a map of The Peak District National Park, home of The Dig Deep Peak District.

7. Entry to The Ultra Tour of the Peak District £60
The ultimate gift for a runner, a place in the toughest race in the Peak District National Park.