I am Simon Prytherch, a Welsh ultra runner, coach and technology fan living in North Oxfordshire. This site is a collection of advice, articles and race reports about ultra running, coaching and racing. I will pass on tips and show you how to squeeze in training even if you commute for long periods or have a busy life.
Ultra marathons are any race over 26.2 miles (marathon distance), but I specialise in races of 100 miles or more. I coach athletes of all abilities, whether you are progressing towards your first half marathon, working out how to transition to ultra-marathons or want to podium in a 145-mile race.
My Recent Running History
|May 2019||St Illtyds Ultra (50k)||Winner 05:08:19|
|Apr 2019||Coventry Way Challenge (40 miles)||06:23:00 pb|
|Jan 2019||Training in Iten, Kenya||High altitude training|
|Oct 2018||Abingdon Marathon||03:14:05 pb GFA|
|Oct 2018||Centurion 100 Grandslam||TP100, SDW100, NDW100, A100|
|June 2018||South Downs Way 100 (SDW100)||20:49:14|
|Sep 2017||King Offa’s Dyke Race||185 miles – tough!|
|Aug 2017||Canalslam (GUCR, KACR, LLCR)||7th place|
|May 2017||Grand Union Canal Race (145 miles)||11th 33:24:00|
|Aug 2016||Leeds Liverpool Canal Race (130 miles)||6th 31:01:00|
Work in progress… I will update this section very soon.
My goal in 2018 was to finish the legendary Spartathlon (read my report here) and get a Centurion 100 mile Grandslam buckle by completing Thames Path 100, North Downs Way 100, South Downs Way 100 and the Autumn 100. I achieved the Centurion Grandslam, but had to pull out of Spartathlon after 121 miles. Although I did complete the Grandslam at Autumn 100 two weeks after the Spartathlon DNF and then miraculously I ran my marathon pb one week after that.
How I Started Running
I have always been active but mostly in the mountains, walking, climbing and snowboarding, but in 2010, when I was 44 years old, I quit smoking and started running regularly to get fitter. My 10-year old daughter, Polly, came to live with me and I wanted Polly to feel secure that her remaining parent was not going to die anytime soon.
I soon started entering half marathons. Back then I said that anyone running marathons or longer is totally mad, so I would never run anything longer than 13.1 miles. But, in May 2013 I ran Edinburgh marathon and found I still had the energy to walk and maybe run afterwards. I wanted something more…
So in 2015 I ran my first 100k and first 100 mile race, Cotswold Way Century a very hilly 102 mile race from Chipping Camden in Warwickshire to Bath in . In 2016 I finished the Grand Union Canal Race (GUCR), 145 miles from Birmingham to London and Liverpool to Leeds Canal Race (LLCR), 130 miles over the Pennines. I realised I enjoyed and had some natural ability for running these 100+ mile races.
In 2017 I came 7th in the Canalslam (GUCR, KACR, LLCR), finished King Offa’s Dyke Race, ran my marathon pb of 3:19:19 at Abingdon Marathon and ran over 2017 miles from 1st January to 31st December. I ran my Spartathlon qualifying time of 33 hours and 24 minutes in GUCR in May 2017.
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