Eight Point Two


Photo: Summit Fever Media

As the last patches of snow start to disappear the trails are getting greener and Spring is most definitely on its way. Gloves and hats can be put back into the pack and time to dig out those sunglasses, well … almost! It’s hard not to enjoy Christmas and New Year and runners training programmes for their 2015 race schedule are kicking into action. Those first few long runs are always the tough ones but the rewards are just as great. 2015 looks to see some exciting new kit on the horizon, Mammuts trail running range is set to develop further and Ultimate Direction continue to push the boundaries of running pack design. As well as starting your training plan it’s a good time to get out all your running kit and have a proper sort out. Those well used shoes with your toes poking out probably justify a new pair, they’ll come in handy when you want to paint that room in the house that you promised you’d do. Lightweight waterproofs and wind proofs are ideal as the days get longer and the temperatures start to rise. An easy way to improve your times in races, whatever level you are is to reduce the weight of the kit that you’re carrying. Why not fill your pack as you would normally for a race, weigh it with some luggage scales or bathroom scales. Now flick through the pages on Outside, finding the lightest alternative for each piece of kit you’ve got in your pack (including the pack!). Add up this weight and see what the difference is, don’t forget, if you weighed your pack originally with water or nutrition to include this too (1L=1Kg). If you’re lucky there won’t be much difference, but you might find a big one – then you can work out what pieces of kit will give you the best weight saving. New kit, whether it’s a new pack or a pair of socks will help encourage you to get out and train. Don’t miss out on those bargains too, there are plenty to be had, check you the Outside bargain area and look for special offers. Happy New Year from all the Dig Deep team and welcome to 2015! Dig Deep Peak District: Ultra Tour of the Peak Distict Peak Trails Intro Ultra 12.12 Whirlow 10km Dig Deep Suffolk: Ultra Tour of Suffolk Suffolk Trails Intro Ultra Rendlesham 20km Rendlesham Dash


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.

Dig Deep Suffolk
September 8, 2014, 10:14 am
Filed under: Dig Deep Races, Ultra running

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Its been a stunning weekend down in Suffolk for the inaugural Dig Deep Suffolk event. We only had one short spell of rain on Saturday evening with the rest of the weekend being almost perfect running conditions.

We had 4 races over the weekend and each of these were closely contested. As expected there was some good fast times but the challenge, especially on the ULTRA’s, is often just to finish and there were a few runners who managed to ‘tick’ their first ULTRA distance race. Well done to everyone who took part. Race report and pictures to follow.

Race results as follows:

Ultra Tour of Suffolk

Firstname Surname Time Category Position In Category
1 Chris Spurling 07:43:12 Senior Male 1st
2 Michael Anthony 07:51:23 Senior Male 2nd
3 Karl Doy 07:59:00 Veteran Male 1st
4 Nick Balding 08:24:48 Veteran Male 2nd
5 Ashley Gilbert 08:36:22 Senior Male 3rd
6 Cat St Clair 08:41:56 Senior Female 1st
7 Jonathan Davies 08:41:57 Veteran Male 3rd
8 Tom Bruce 08:46:31 Senior Male 4th
9 Christina Walker 09:05:56 Veteran Female 1st
10 Rhys Pippard 09:33:57 Senior Male 5th
11 Steve Paul 09:43:00 Male Over 50 1st
12 Adam Baker 09:44:34 Veteran Male 4th
13 Chris Johnson 10:34:13 Senior Male 6th
14 Heather McDonald-Hamilton 10:39:32 Female Over 50 1st
15 Rachel smith 10:39:33 Veteran Female 2nd
16 Keith Lovell 10:56:05 Male Over 50 2nd
17 Paul Claydon 10:56:11 Veteran Male 5th
18 Carina Sewell 11:07:01 Female Over 50 2nd
19 Simon Hollis 11:14:51 Veteran Male 6th
20 Mark Lawes 11:27:22 Senior Male 7th
21 Duncan Gedge 11:35:21 Male Over 50 3rd
22 Paul Dunne 11:41:20 Senior Male 8th
23 Shona Bendix 12:04:49 Veteran Female 3rd
24 Darren Coates 12:17:06 Veteran Male 7th
25 Prasahnt Pise 12:22:46 Veteran Male 8th
26 Garfield Jones 12:27:23 Male Over 50 4th
27 Mike Keen 12:36:11 Veteran Male 9th
28 Nic Footer 14:19:34 Veteran Male 9th
29 Brendan Colton 14:30:17 Senior Male 10th

Intro Ultra


Firstname Surname Time Category Position In Category
1 James Beadle 03:49:20 Senior Male 1st
2 Matthew Hearne 04:00:16 Senior Male 2nd
3 Fiona Searson 04:16:47 Veteran Female 1st
4 Simon Marjoram 04:16:58 Veteran Male 1st
5 Mary Narey 04:18:11 Veteran Female 2nd
6 Brett Benson 04:18:14 Veteran Male 2nd
7 Jo Stephenson 04:23:34 Veteran Female 3rd
8 Ryan Lee 04:39:32 Senior Male 3rd
9 Wayne Tillinghast 04:39:34 Senior Male 4th
10 Paul Schwer 05:06:23 Male Over 50 1st
11 paul white 05:06:34 Male Over 50 2nd
12 Karen manning 05:16:34 Veteran Female 4th
13 Mark bennett 05:37:36 Senior Male 5th
14 tina clarke 05:39:03 Veteran Female 5th
15 phill clarke 05:39:04 Veteran Male 3rd
16 natalie southgate 06:01:23 Veteran Female 6th=
17 Julie wade 06:01:23 Veteran Female 6th=
18 A Tamulones 06:26:11 Veteran Female 8th
19 John Power 06:48:06 Senior Male 6th
20 James Adams 06:48:13 Senior Male 7th
21 Nick Poncia dnf Senior Male dnf

Rendlesham 20km


Senior Female
Pos Surname Forename 1 Finish
1st Quantrill Sarah 01:00:21 01:37:07
2nd Eagan Holly 01:05:01 01:46:09
3rd Cooke Anna 01:06:51 01:47:39
4th Revettt Rachel 01:11:02 01:54:11
5th McCarter Eileen 01:10:12 01:56:33
6th Daykin-Colombel Elise 01:10:50 01:57:23
7th Kadanikova Michaela 01:15:20 02:02:50
8th Harper Hayley 01:15:46 02:04:22
9th Edwards Susie 01:18:45 02:08:48
10th Rossor Charlotte 01:20:02 02:10:57
11th atkins Lucy 01:20:03 02:12:16
12th Dawson Anna 01:21:37 02:18:13
13th mark Sarah 01:26:59 02:28:23
14th Byrne Martina 01:33:27 02:37:00
15th Chatfield Rachel 01:49:24 02:54:18
Senior Male
Pos Surname Forename 1 Finish
1st reynolds Paul 00:51:02 01:21:39
2nd Palmer Jonathan 00:52:43 01:24:16
3rd Wilson Sam 00:52:49 01:25:14
4th Walwyn Stephen 00:54:44 01:29:30
5th Quantrill Richard 00:56:07 01:30:03
6th Collinson Mark 00:57:18 01:34:06
7th Atkins Matthew 01:02:22 01:39:57
8th Reynolds Gary 01:04:44 01:40:50
9th papalini nicola 01:04:47 01:41:47
10th Appleton Russ 01:04:04 01:43:39
11th Hammond Leigh 01:00:31 01:46:12
12th Witt Jeremy 01:06:59 01:50:12
13th Carter Neil 01:09:04 01:54:23
14th Moller David 01:15:57 02:02:26
15th Bown Jonn 01:19:14 02:08:54
Veteran Female
Pos Surname Forename 1 Finish
1st Walker Rachael 01:10:47 02:00:20
2nd Wright Susan 01:16:07 02:05:33
3rd Wright Denise 01:28:48 02:25:05
4th Chappell Deborah 01:26:43 02:28:26
5th Smith Liz 01:53:47 03:09:43
6th Back Somei 01:54:05 03:10:44
Veteran Male
Pos Surname Forename 1 Finish
1st Thompson Carl 00:54:52 01:30:49
2nd Whittaker Steve 00:59:04 01:35:32
3rd Smith Ashley 00:59:19 01:36:42
4th Besant Andre 11:45:22 01:38:10
5th Hawkins Chris 00:59:02 01:38:42
6th Pretty Stephen 01:01:46 01:41:06
7th Watson Tim 01:03:32 01:42:52
8th Mizon Heydon 01:04:32 01:47:07
9th Cooke John 01:05:50 01:51:57
10th Hunt Steve 01:09:51 01:53:17
11th Forster Andy 01:11:29 01:56:42
12th Midgley Clarke 01:12:31 01:56:57
13th Heeks Paul 01:09:47 01:57:07
14th Wymer Toby 01:10:53 01:57:27
15th Bone Christian 01:12:06 02:00:46
16th Morley Tony 01:13:14 02:01:33
17th Smith Richard 01:15:45 02:03:11
18th Borrett Keith 01:15:36 02:03:53
19th Nunn Andy 01:12:48 02:04:53
20th Newton Tim 01:13:26 02:07:29
21st Adolphus Tony 01:17:38 02:08:41
22nd Bush Graham 01:18:44 02:08:43
23rd baldock cliff 01:15:42 02:09:42
24th Hennings Steve 01:20:40 02:13:20

Rendlesham Dash

Firstname Surname Time Category Position In Category
1 Sam Ward 00:33:59 Senior Male 1st
2 Helene Pettitt 00:38:17 Veteran Female 1st
3 Quinn Andrade 00:42:12 Senior Male 2nd
4 Martin Jones 00:42:51 Senior Male 3rd
5 James Pye 00:45:50 Senior Male 4th
6 Rachel Fiddy 00:46:25 Senior Female 1st
7 James Quinton 00:49:51 Senior Male 5th
8 Ian Gilbert 00:49:59 Veteran Male 1st
9 David Johnson 00:54:48 Veteran Male 2nd
10 Josey Leary 00:55:40 Veteran Female 2nd
11 sarah connell 00:56:03 Veteran Female 3rd
12 Judith Adolphus 00:56:29 Veteran Female 4th
13 Kate Gray 00:56:34 Veteran Female 5th
14 Jo Clifton 00:57:32 Veteran Female 6th
15 Iain J A Wills 00:57:52 Veteran Male 3rd
16 Jim Strongitharm 01:04:47 Veteran Male 4th
17 Maurice Bennell 01:48:56 Senior Male 6th
18 Maria Dobing 01:49:20 Senior Female 2nd
19 chloe connell dnf Senior Female dnf


Sally Fawcett Dig Deep Races 2014 race report

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Sally was the first female runner to cross the finish line of the 2014 UTPD, part of the Dig Deep Peak District weekend.  You might also remember her from the training diary films that we have made.  Sally has sent us her race report which you can have a read of below…


Well done to everybody who took part – it was a fantastic weekend.


Sally Fawcett over the finish line of the UTPD the Dig Deep Races 2014


UTPD Report


My build up to the UTPD had been fantastic up to 2 weeks prior to the race. I had recovered well from The Highland Fling and done some good, long training runs. Then I needed a wisdom tooth out! I thought the week or so of rest wouldn’t be a problem and had loads of soft food sorted for when I couldn’t chew. I hadn’t banked on the sprained jaw resulting in munching paracetamol and ibuprofen right up to 4 days before the race. I didn’t run for 9 days, but did manage a couple of 10 mile walks. So, with 3 days to go I decided to do Grindleford Fell Race, if I couldn’t do 5 miles pain free I wasn’t going to manage 60 miles! I was very sensible with my pacing and completely non- competitive (see I can take it easy!) but was relieved to get through it with mild aching in the jaw only, and even upped the pace for the last half a mile to test it fully. So, the race was on!


On the race morning a had a bowl of granola and a couple of mugs of coffee but didn’t go mad with breakfast, instead I planned to eat from early on in the race. I had a plan to eat every 30mins, alternating a Shot Block and a third of a Chia Flatjack. This worked really well up to around 8 hours in, then I just drank Cherry Coke and had a Shot Block every about every 30-40mins. As it was hot I was glad of the two 500ml bottles on my Salomon Vest, I worked out I went through 7 bottles of water, 2 of diluted Coke and one undiluted Coke which wasn’t a massive amount for the length of time out but I felt I got this right.


From the first few miles of the race I realised I was in a good position, the first guy went off really quick, 2nd and 3rd were a little way ahead but then a group of 5 of us remained pretty close together right up to Moscar. I was very disciplined, always being the first to walk the hills when the guys around continued to run. I settled into 8th place and let them go ahead, but always in sight until the descent from High Neb. We came onto a long road section here and it was great to have Matt from Dark Peak, out for a cycle, deciding to keep me company and ride alongside me from 30-33miles. This was great as I wasn’t feeling my strongest here, I even said to Matt if I get to Edale (42miles) I’m on the train route so can drop out. He said not to be so stupid, of course I will be feeling drained as I have run over 30 miles and I was looking better than the guys in front! Those miles passed really quickly, just by having someone to chat to. Before I knew it the 5 of us had all more or less come back together and reached the second feed station at the bottom of Win Hill together, so I must have been running well to catch them up.


Win Hill came at 34 miles in, only ¾ of a mile but a hell of a climb, I actually enjoyed this as it was shaded through Parkin Clough and allowed a good long walk! At the top it was great to see Smiley Pacer Julie, she was actually about to head down as she thought she must have missed me. Along to Crookstone Barn one of the guys dropped back and I didn’t see him again. I settled into 7th place, walking more than the others but feeling surprisingly good. The descent into Edale was pain free, my quads were holding up well! The guys in front were temporarily out of sight, they must have set off up Hollins Cross at quite a pace but I knew there were plenty of climbs left. Near the top of Hollins Cross a group of chav’s, tops off, mobile phone blaring music out asked what was going on, when I told them how far I had run they offered me their water saying I’d need it more than them! I thought the descent from Hollins Cross would be more painful than it was so I must be getting the pacing right. Onto Cave Dale, this was a lovely climb, up ahead I was surprised to see two of the guys I had been in the group with earlier running at a very catchable pace! Before long I made my way past each, stopping for a quick chat but without much effort I found myself in 5th place moving away from them, managing a good pace along the top of Cave Dale all the way into Bradwell.

Sally on Win Hill, photo copyright of  Summit Fever Media

Sally on Win Hill, photo copyright of Summit Fever Media


More familiar faces, Isobel and Ken, appeared on the approach to the third feed station, 49 miles in and I was feeling ok! Quick chat, fill up of the water bottles, wetting of the Buff and hat and I was off for the final push.

Bradwell Edge is not a nice climb, at least it wasn’t quite the mud bath I have seen it every other time. It’s hard to get into a rhythm when you’re slipping and sliding on the mud but the really muddy sections were few and far between. It was still a relief to get onto the flat section along the river from Shatton to Hathersage, this was one of my favourite bits as it was shaded, fairly flat and nice and soft underfoot. As I crossed the railway line up the field from Hathersage I was relieved to know this was the last steep climb, and what a lovely suprise to hear the cow bells as Isobel and Julie ran across the field with Lotty and Karl from their house, so motivating for the last few miles.


Ian was still just about in sight (him in 4th, me in 5th place) as I climbed out of Hathersage onto Ringinglow Road, but then Ian had a real kick and pushed the pace. He was out of sight in no time, I thought with 6-7 miles to go that was far too early to push on, but he let me know at the finish, that’s where he spotted 2nd and 3rd place not far ahead! He managed to catch them but they pulled away as he’d put everything into the chase.


I carried on up to Carl’s Walk, relieved to be in the last few miles, picturing the beer and pizza at the finish! Turning onto Houndkirk Road I was able to get a good pace for 58+ miles, even managing a 8.53 min mile! Julie, Michael, Isobel and Ken again popped up unexpectedly at Houndkirk giving me a boost for the last effort. Through Limb Valley I was running the whole way, even the hills, I think all that caffine was getting me through these miles on a bit of a high!


My aim was for sub 11 hours so I was delighted to come into the finish at 10 hours 43 mins in 5th place, with a new female course record. It was only then I found out how close the 2nd – 4th place guys had been in front. It was probably best not knowing, as I would have pushed myself and no doubt suffered for it if I had thought to try to chase them down! Looking at the data I averaged 10’42 per mile at 5.6mph, a stat I’m really chuffed with considering the 2722m of ascent. If you like hilly races this is definitely one for you.

I just wanted to finish by saying thanks to the those who came out to support, the Smiley Paces were so  encouraging, it is so motivating to see a familiar face when you have raced all those miles and really spurred me on to the finish 🙂



Sally Fawcett over the finish line of the UTPD the Dig Deep Races 2014

Sally Fawcett over the finish line of the UTPD the Dig Deep Races 2014, Photo copyright of Summit Fever Media

Dig Deep 2014

Dig Deep Peak District Races 2014


Event report.

The forecast was once again great for the 2 days of races we had planned. Last year’s heat was crippling so a slightly cooler forecast was welcome.

Friday night was kicked off with James Adams talking about his epic run through America followed by a showing of The Dragons Back which is an absolute classic and inspiring film. Most of the Ultra Tour of the Peak District (UTPD) runners registered Friday evening along with some of the Intro Ultra runners meaning that there was a good crowd developing in the campsite with nearly 100 happy campers and the smell of BBQ’s drifted over to the main barn at Whirlow Hall farm!

Saturday started bright and early with the UTPD leaving at 8am followed by the Intro Ultra’s at 10am. In both races the early leaders became the eventual winners. Sally Fawcett won the senior female UTPD race and broke the female course record in 10.43.25. Sally is having quite a season following her great run on the Highland Fling earlier in the year. Ken Sutor won the senior male category and had a very strong race with a winning time of 09.47.30.

The Bradwell feed station was the main stopping point for both ULTRA races. The buffet available for the runners was like a smorgasbord of all things great for ULTRA runners! From Pineapple to pork pies it was all there and seemed to be the highlight for many runners – some didn’t want to leave!!!

 Mention must go to the back runners who carried on throughout the night. The last runner’s dibbed in at the finishing line 22 hours and 59 minutes after starting!

The Intro Ultra saw a determined Marcus Scotney win senior male by 30 minutes in an impressive time of 04.05.03. Could the course go in under 4 hours? We shall see! Most of the runners loved the hilly nature of the course but Win Hill is always a stopper for tired legs. However, the views from the top on Saturday were outstanding!

Marcus was back with us on Saturday offering his insights in to the elite Ultra Runners World with his lecture. If you ever get an opportunity to go to one of Marcus’s lecture you should take it! A very inspiring and informative individual. Unfortunately Mammut sponsored runner Helen Bonsor was unable to talk because of a last minute illness – get well soon Helen!

Sunday dawned warm and sunny again and so the 12.12 and Whirlow 10k started at 10.15 and 10.30 respectively. Both races are quite hilly with the 12.12 going out over Burbage Moor on to Higger Tor and back via the Limb Valley – both exceptionally beautiful trails in spectacular scenery!

The Whirlow 10k is a fundraising event with every penny of the race going to the Whirlow Hall farm Trust. Nearly £2000 was raised from this race alone!

The total prize pot was nearly £5000. With over £2000 worth of prizes from Mammut and Outside, £2000 worth of prizes from Ultimate Direction and copies of Wild Running and Clif products there was plenty to go around. All 1st placed runners in all age categories in both the ULTRA’s and the 12.12 received a £100 voucher from Mammut/Outside plus other goodies.

The feedback for the event has been overwhelming with so many kind comments. The team at 8.2 worked really hard to put the event together so were suitably proud. The date for next year’s event is set for the 15th and 16th August 2015 with booking available from August this year!

Many thanks to all the organisations and sponsors involved; Mammut, Outside (retail partner), Ultimate Direction, Clif, Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, Wild Running, Summit Fever and Fell Running Guide (Dave Taylor) and Shane Ohly (kind loan of the Dragons Back film).

Ian Loombe.

Race director for Dig Deep Races

Eight Point Two

Dig Deep Peak District Weekend Programme 2014

Dig Deep Peak District 2014 – Friday 20th June at Whirlow Hall Farm, Whirlow Lane, Sheffield S11 9QF, 

0114 235 2678

Talk/Film programme

Friday 20th June at Whirlow Hall Farm, Whirlow Lane, Sheffield S11 9QF, 0114 235 2678


7pm – 8pm

James Andrews                        “Why I bother”


James will be presenting a story of what he has learned about the human brain while running. James has been running ultras for about 7 years and over the past couple of years he has been reading and studying psychology. The talk is going to be a combination of what he has learned about the brain in the process, including;

  • What motivates it in general and throughout a race
  • How to deal with stress and paranoia that will attack you in a race
  • What to do when the task feels overwhelming, or boring, or pointless?
  • How to use your mental training to deal with novel event that might pop up in races
  • Some general tricks on making yourself feel awesome

Ultimately he hopes to answer the question “Why I bother?”

8.30 pm                         The Dragons back – Film


The legendary Dragon’s Back Race™ follows the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle to Carreg Cennen Castle. This incredible 5-day journey is approximately 300 kilometres long with 17,000 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. It is not a trail race.

The original Dragon’s Back Race™ happened in September 1992 and ever since, it has been whispered about with a mix of awe and trepidation. Its reputation had reached legendary status with fell, mountain and ultra runners the World over by September 2012 when the second Dragon’s Back Race™ happened.

The Dragon’s Back Race™ is one of the hardest mountain races in the World and this is the film of that event in 2012.

Saturday 21st June –at Whirlow Hall Farm, Whirlow Lane, Sheffield S11 9QF, 0114 235 2678

5pm                                    Iron Trail (film)

The Irontrail, held in Switzerland, breaks the 200 km barrier. With the start in Pontresina and the finish in Chur this film covers the event which Stages the Alpes’ highest altitude, longest, toughest and most beautiful single-stage trail race in the multi-faceted natural, cultural and mountain landscape of Graubünden – this is the thinking behind the Irontrail!

6pm – 7.30 pm           

Helen Bonser                        Taking on stage racing in the Alps


Having grown up in the Lake District UK, and now living in Scotland, Helen has always been passionate about the outdoors and spending time in the hills. For her, hill running is a way of life, and is what continually pushes her forward – it enriches her life in adventure and rich friendships. Some of her favourite races are technical 1 day races in the Alps, and Alpine stage races, where she enjoys racing day after day in big mountain scenery. Helen still works full time, and it sometimes a challenge to fit both work and running in! Helen is a Mammut sponsored athelete.

Multi day stage races in the Alps are some of the most challenging and engaging racing experiences.  This talk gives a brief look into what’s involved, from the trails and terrain, to the training and preparation, and the racing itself, with examples from some of the major stage races currently in the Alps.

7.30pm – 8.50pm

Marcus Scotney                        The Peaks and troughs of Ultra Running


The Peaks and troughs of Ultra Running – Team MONTANE International Ultra Runner Marcus Scotney will share, in his entertaining and motivational style, the highs and lows of his Ultra Running experiences where he has overcome physical and mental exhaustion and continued to dig deep rather than giving up.

9pm                                                 The Dragons back – Film

The legendary Dragon’s Back Race™ follows the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle to Carreg Cennen Castle. This incredible 5-day journey is approximately 300 kilometres long with 17,000 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. It is not a trail race.

The original Dragon’s Back Race™ happened in September 1992 and ever since, it has been whispered about with a mix of awe and trepidation. Its reputation had reached legendary status with fell, mountain and ultra runners the World over by September 2012 when the second Dragon’s Back Race™ happened.

The Dragon’s Back Race™ is one of the hardest mountain races in the World and this is the film of that event in 2012.