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


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