Are you thinking of running a multi-stage desert race such as the Marathon Des Sables? Join us for an inspirational and informative evening in London with multi-stage expert and 2 x MDS winner Elisabet Barnes, highest ever placed Brit in the MDS Tom Evans, the experienced and unstoppable Susie Chan, the very inspirational MDS 2017 finisher Jane Harries and myRaceKit's Colin Barnes, 2 x MDS finisher. A perfect opportunity to network with other runners, maybe find some tent mates and training buddies and get your burning questions answered. Read more here and buy tickets below.
Wednesday 7th June 2016 18:00 to 21:00. (there will be an option to catch up with other attendees at a nearby pub afterwards for those who wish)
British School of Osteopathy (BSO) Teaching Centre, 275 Borough High Street
London SE1 1JE
Who should attend?
We aim to make this as useful as possible in the time we have available for anyone signed up to or thinking of doing a multi-stage desert race in the future, particularly the Marathon des Sables. Whether you intend to set a new British record, be a mid-packer or complete it as a walker there should be relevant takeaways for you. Our speakers have diverse backgrounds and abilities and will provide facts as well as inspiration.
There will be presentations from our speakers on various aspects of desert / multi-stage racing based on their own stories and perspectives, plus a panel discussion and some time for networking. Feel free to send questions in advance and we will endeavour to make the agenda as relevant as possible, just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics will include: what a day in a race like the MDS looks like, understanding the structure of the race, how your race ambitions influences your training approach and kit choices, how to train, what happens when things don't go to plan and you have to readjust your expectations, plus personal stories, hints and tips from our speakers.
About our speakers and panel
Elisabet Barnes is 2 x MDS winner, current ladies' champion and finished 11th overall this year. Elisabet has experience from ultras and multi-stage races all over the world including 4 x MDS, 2 x The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica, Grand to Grand, Oman Desert Marathon, Big Red Run in Australia, the Richtersveld Wildrun in South Africa and more. Later in 2017 she will run the Transrockies in Colorado and the Everest Trail Race in Nepal. Elisabet has successfully coached both runners and walkers for single- and multi-stage ultras as well as Marathons and has a wealth of knowledge desert racing. www.elisabetbarnes.com
Capt Tom Evans is a British Army Officer and Ultra Runner who has always been a keen sportsman. He completed a year’s training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2012 and then commissioned into the Welsh Guards. Tom owes a lot of his mental attitude to the British Army. In 2016 Tom started to run properly, representing his county and the British Army. In 2017, he finished 3rd in the MDS, the highest place any European athlete has ever finished. He is going to be racing on the Ultra Trail World Tour in 2017 as well as competing in the UK 100km championships.
Susie Chan is an endurance runner and triathlete. Susie will happily run anything from 1 to 100 miles but her favourite races are multistage ultras. She has completed the MDS three times, lastly in 2017 as part of the WAA team (before which she squeezed in no less than four marathons!. She has also done the Jungle Ultra in Peru (which required enormous mental strength) and the TCC in Costa Rica. She is possibly the most positive person you'll have ever met, how does it help her racing? Forthcoming events include OCC in Chamonix, the Chicago Marathon and the Desert Ultra. Link to Susie's Blog
Jane Harries has hiked Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Curcuit back to back, climbed Mount Roraima in Venezuela, hiked the Inca Trail, completed 3 Oxfam Trailwalkers 100km, and raced in the infamous Speights Coast to Coast in New Zealand. In 2008 her life changed drastically due to surgery and post surgical complications. She eventually managed to rebuild her body and returned in 2016, qualifying for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. In 2017 she finished the MDS. This race was difficult for Jane as she had to go slower than planned and suffered severe back pain, but her mental strength saw her through it.
Colin Barnes is the main face behind myRaceKit and has completed the MdS twice, in 2012 (149th) and in 2014 (186th). With 12 years' military experience Colin is known for his exceptional mental strength. He excels at adapting race plans and tackling the mental aspects of ultra endurance. His track record is impressive with finishes in UTMB, TDS, 4xGUCR (145 miles non-stop), numerous 100 milers and other ultras... Colin is a certified UKA Coach In Running Fitness and a Nordic Walking Instructor.