skirrow jason

skirrow jason
  • Full Name: skirrow jason
  • ID: 5383
  • Sex: Male
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Birthdate: 1972-04-29
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I have been running for 30 years but only took up the ultra distances 6 years ago. All of the events completed so far with no DNFs have been close to my heart as i am always keen to have mental buy-in to an event - why run so far and not be bought into the event? The Pheidippides journey is my ultimate bucket list event as this represents the best ever ultra journey for the ultimate cause from 2500 years ago - the ultimate and the original ultra. To run in his footsteps and kiss his feet at the monument at then end is my ultimate dream as a keen and deeply connected ultra runner. I have read many books on other peoples journey at the Spartathlon and the love and respect they get from the Greek people and want to now make my own journey supported by this great nation.
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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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