Holmes Jamie

Holmes Jamie
  • Full Name: Holmes Jamie
  • ID: 3700
  • Sex: Male
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Birthdate: 1968-01-23
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Ran my first marathon back in 2002 but during my training I came across a chap who was training for Comrades (56 mile run in South Africa) and could not believe that anyone would ever want to run further than a marathon. Then I ran Comrades myself and have loved Ultras ever since.

I ran Sparta in 2015 which has to be the pinnacle of "love/hate" and here I am again wanting to do it again!
Race #BIB C/P Time
2017 163 Finish 34:56:15
2015 160 Finish 35:38:32

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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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