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Race Report 2019: Paul Ali

‘It’s been fair to say I’ve lost my running motivation over the past couple of years and coupled with mediocre form, injuries and a bit of illness my interest in running ‘long’ ultramarathons has dwindled. 

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Race Report 2019: Ian Hammet

‘I’m not sure what to do for the best…. it’s 153 miles you say?….. well?!?!’

These were the words of Mr Matt Fitzpatrick (Consultant Podiatrist) as I sat in his treatment room in Blackheath hospital on Thursday 5th September, three weeks before Spartathlon.
Four weeks prior, he had diagnosed a peroneal tendon tear in my right foot and after realising that I intended to be on that start line at the Acropolis come hell or high water, had sent me away to train and rehabilitate for four weeks before deciding if a steroidal injection would benefit me.

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Race Report 2019: Dimitrios Chronis

Μέχρι σήμερα, μετά το πέρας της σωματικής και ψυχικής προετοιμασίας, βίωνα όλους τους αγώνες μικρούς και μεγάλους, σαν μια αθλητική γιορτή. Ωστόσο, φτάνοντας στις 27 Σεπτεμβρίου 2019 με την 3η συμμετοχή μου στο ΣΠΑΡΤΑΘΛΟ αναθεώρησα ως ένα βαθμό τις απόψεις μου. 

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Race Report 2018: Luca Turrini

Storms develop over days, weeks, months even years. When the wind blows in your favour, you get lifted off the ground to reach speeds and highs you never thought possible. When you are hit by a headwind, you need to master all your resistance, to just hang on and not be pushed backwards.  

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Race Report 2018: Diego Rojo Garrido

Much it has be talked about the loneliness of the long distance runner and. Although I have felt so many times, training for Spartathlon is a before and an after for me as amateur runner and as person.

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Race Report 2018: Stuart Shipley

Spartathlete at last. The sweetest finish. I have learned a new word in the last year or so. Patience. More importantly I have learned what it means.  If you are reading this then you may have to be patient too. 

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Race Report 2018: Darren Strachan

First and most importantly I want to say thank you. Without the love and support of family and close buddies this kind of thing would not be possible. For me anyway - some people seem to be able to turn up and go by themselves, which is just incredible.

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Race Report 2018: Δημήτρης Καννής

Πότε στ’ αλήθεια ξεκινάει το Σπάρταθλο; Μήπως ξεκινάει όταν κληρώνεσαι για να συμμετάσχεις; Τότε που μαζί με την κλήρωση ξεκινάει και η πολύμηνη προετοιμασία που είναι τόσο επίπονη που το μόνο που την απαλύνει είναι το όραμα του τερματισμού στο Βασιλιά;

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Race Report 2018: Bob Hearn

This was my third Spartathlon; I previously ran in 2015 and 2016. My 2015 race report is fully detailed, if you are looking for all the intel you can get on the race, and what it's like to experience Spartathlon for the first time.

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Race Report 2018: James Ellis

Those of us who took part in Spartathlon nine days ago, can readily attest to how crazy the planet’s weather is becoming. A hurricane – now known as a Medicane thanks to its Mediterranean location – in Greece… in September. Just when you thought this craziest of races couldn’t do more crazy, it managed to up things to another level of batshit.

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Race Report 2018: Endy Kasanardjo

It rains when I make a selfie with Albert at the foot of the Acropolis. The outlook for severe storms is uncommon for the Spartathlon. As I wander around restlessly I feel like a tourist who does not know what to do in the face of thousands of years of history. Despite my calm and self-confidence, there is uncertainty about what is to come today.

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Race Report 2018: Aykut Celikbas

Spartathlon 2018… How to start, where to begin?  Five days after the race I sat in front of the computer for 1.5 hours but couldn't write more than a few sentences. Whether you have a good or a bad race Spartathlon triggers your emotions like nothing else.  

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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.


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