Ward Chris

Ward Chris
  • Full Name: Ward Chris
  • ID: 5004
  • Sex: Male
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Birthdate: 1987-01-28
Mini CV
When me and my best friend (now an officer in the RAF) were 14, obsessed with sport as well as ancient civilisation, we talked about an iconic event that combined the two... whilst i never thought it possible, a seed was planted in my head. Having completed an Ironman in 2014, i decided my passion for endurance lay with the sports in their purest form. Since then, i have ran multiple ultras, including a 100k event in 2016 which, despite a negative split and sub-8min/mile finish, i missed the cut-off by one minute. Older (31), more experienced and wiser, I returned to the same event and finished strongly at an average of 7:40m/m for the last 5 to secure my eigibility for Sparta. As a follower of stoic teaching, I am embracing the psychological journey and mindset for success required for the task ahead (as well as juggling young fatherhood) - my firstborn son (runners name Seb) is a recent but huge motivating factor towards a finish - it would be an incredibly fitting tribute if i could compete, and complete this great event to set him a good example and pride in his dad, as well as fulfill my dream of over 10 years before I look to follow more domestic duties. I am also a running coach and compete in anything from 5k (16:52pb), cross country, trail running to 184 miles; i beleive good technique and form applies to all running and would love to prove this to myself on the adventure of a lifetime.

Running (ultra) CV includes:
Valibierna Skyrace 2015 (34k, 2,700m ascent)
Coastal Trail Series 2015 - Dorset (50k)
Coastal Trail Series 2018 - Northumberland (50k)
T184 2017 (297k, unsupported) (Retired through injury)
Waterway 30 2018 (48k)
Canalathon 2016 (100k)
Canalathon 2018 (100k) (QUALIFYING TIME 9h51)
Race to the Stones 2015 (100k)
Trailblaster 2017 (12 hours)
Grim Reaper 2016 (160k) (DNF)
BIngo Run 2015 (random - up to 100m)
Race #BIB C/P Time
2019 26 Finish 35:01:27

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Described as the world's most grueling race, the Spartathlon runs over rough tracks and muddy paths (often it rains during the race), crosses vineyards and olive groves, climbs steep hillsides and, most challenging of all, takes the runners on the 1,200 meter ascent and descent of Mount Parthenio in the dead of night.
This is the mountain, covered with rocks and bushes, on which it is said Pheidippides met the god Pan.

Spartathlon is the event that brings this deed to attention today by drawing a legend out of the depths of history. The idea for its creation is belongs to John Foden, a British RAF Wing Commander. As a lover of Greece and student of ancient Greek history, Foden stopped his reading of Herodotus' narration regarding Pheidippides, puzzled and wondering if a modern man could cover the distance from Athens to Sparta, i.e. 250 kms, within 36 hours.