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Race Report 2015: Dan Lawson

One of the most iconic races of the Ultra season is the 246km Spartathlon held annually in Greece. The Spartathlon traces the footsteps of Pheidippides, the legendary Athenian messenger sent to Sparta in 490 BC to seek help against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon.

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Race Report 2015: Paul Ali

I marched down the high street towards the finish to the cheers and adulation of the crowd as the raw heat of the sun was starting to cool and early evening approached.

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Race Report 2015: Γιώργος Πάνος

Είναι λίγη ώρα που επέστρεψα σπίτι.
Ήταν ένα δύσκολο Σπάρταθλο μου είπε ένας ξένος αθλητής, του είπα πως ποτέ το Σπάρταθλο δεν ήταν εύκολο. Συμφώνησε, είχαμε τερματίσει και οι δύο.

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Race Report 2015: Robert Edward Pinnington

Endlich...it is one of those German words, a bit like eng ( that means a tight space) that sums up a feeling better than an English one. It means a sort finality so much more all-encompassing than the word finally. When it has taken over four years and three failed attempts to achieve something it really does mean a lot.

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Race Report 2015: Miles James Ellis

This is my Spartathlon race review 2015. I want to caveat it by saying I am not looking for any sympathy by including my post-race feelings first, rather than the race itself. What I will say is that I wrote those words yesterday while feeling on the low side.

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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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