Athlete Support

Skyrunning UK are proud to have the best-of-the-best support us in what we do. We want to ensure that Skyrunning UK grows with every runner in mind.

We have therefore coordinated with respected UK runners to form an Athlete Commission who will guide and advise us on the progression of Skyrunning within the UK and of course, provide an insight into Skyrunning worldwide.

Tom Owens Sierre-Zinal ©iancorless.com

Tom Owens Sierre-Zinal ©iancorless.com

TOM OWENS (Salomon)

Age: 27

PB’s: most races are a first!

Age: 27

How long have you been running?: since 2003

Achievements: 3rd in British champs 2007, Silver Medal in World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships 2008, 2nd Mountain x Race 2008, 2nd Transrockies 2008

Goals: Improve short races

Racing Programme for 2009:
 British Champs, possibly Scottish Champs, European races TBC

Occupation: Ecologist

Based: Glasgow

Coached by: advice from Malcolm Patterson

Type of Runner: Descender?

Favourite Salomon Shoe & why: Speedcross 2 – best grip

Favourite distance: long

Favourite race or event:
 Favourite Training session: recce of hill race

Favoured pre- race meal/ snack:
 flapjack

Ben Abdelnoor sponsored by inov-8 ©iancorless.com

Ben Abdelnoor sponsored by inov-8 ©iancorless.com

BEN ABDELNOOR (inov-8)

Residence: The Lake District, Cumbria, UKDiscipline: Primarily fell for racing and training. I do enjoy the trails for training though, less so the road, but I know it’s good for me!

Favourite shoe: Roclite 285 – a superb trail shoe, that I’ll race and train in. They’re light and responsive, but with enough cushioning for the hard-pack trail. I’ve raced in the English Championships on the fells wearing them too.

Favourite product: Raceshell 220 – although it’s a super-light jacket, it’ll take whatever elements come at it. With a tight-fitting hood and long sleeves with thumb loops it’s perfect for racing and training on the fells. I’ll also wear the Raceshell when I’m out on the bike – multi-purpose!

Favourite event and why: The Ennerdale and Wasdale Horseshoes are my favourite races. I love the Lake District fells, and enjoy pushing myself hard over longer events like these.

Advice to other athletes: Enjoy what you do, be grateful for whatever ability you have, and look towards achieving that which you think you can’t.

Andy Symonds, Templiers ©iancorless.com

ANDY SYMONDS (Salomon)

How long have you been running?: 19 years

Achievements: England international fell runner / Sky Race Series 4th / 2nd MXR

Goals: To win medium-to-long distance mountain running events

Occupation: Energy Analyst

Based: France

Coached by: Self-coached

Type of Runner: Fell / Mountain / Trail

Favourite Salomon Shoe & why: Speed Cross 2. Lightweight, correct amount of cushioning and stability for racing, good grip.

Favourite distance: 25 – 45km

Favourite race or event: Italian Sky Races / MXR

Favourite Training session: Long run in the hill.

Favoured pre- race meal/ snack: Cheese and marmalade butty / Rice pudding with jam

Best piece of advice for beginners and young athletes: Use the sport to enjoy the outdoors and to get to places you might not otherwise visit (and don’t faff around)

Interests and Hobbies: Drawing / Travelling / Mountain biking / Eating curries

Anna Lupton inov-8 ©iancorless.com

Anna Lupton inov-8 ©iancorless.com

ANNA LUPTON (inov-8)

Residence: Broughton-in-Furness, in a nice quiet corner of the Lake District, UK

Discipline: Fell/mountain/off road running

Favourite shoe: X-Talon 212s – they’re so comfy and light they’re like grippy slippers!

Favourite product: Mistlite 130 Pants cos they keep me warm and dry and they’re not big and baggy like many windproof pants.

Favourite events and why: 3 Peaks because it’s a classic, I’ve had two wins there and it’s always a great atmosphere and Pikes Peak – because I ran well there at the 2010 World Long Distance Champs, the altitude is so crazy and the views are so stunning

Advice to other athletes: Train smart i.e. as hard as you can without getting injured/ill, rest when needed, don’t neglect flat speed work and get into ‘them thar hills’ when you can!

Ricky Lightfoot image ©salomonrunning

Ricky Lightfoot image ©salomonrunning

RICKY LIGHTFOOT (Salomon)

I first began trail running back in school as a way of keeping fit but the first time I got out on the hills in the Lake District I was hooked and have been running ever since.Since beginning my running career in 2001 I have travelled to some of the most amazing places and met some of the most incredible and individual people you could ever expect to meet, one in particular was the Kinabalu Climbathon in Malaysia, one everybody should put on their “to do” list!

Country /city: Maryport, Cumbria, England

Date of birth: 31/03/1985

Like: I Phone 4, Rain, Snow, The Cold, Traveling and Salomon Speed Cross 2.

Dislike: Traveling, Mc Donalds and waiting about. Hates being injured.

Best results/Records/Adventures:

World Team Champions at the International Orobie Sky Raid 2010,

Italy with the Salomon Trail Team UK

Winner of the Salomon 10k Trail Keswick 2010

Winner of the Half Trail du Ventoux, France, 2010

10th in the International Kinabalu Climbathon 2009, Malaysia

3rd Bronze Medal in the World Sky Runner Series 2009

3rd Bronze Medal in the World Long Distance Mountain Running

Challenge 2009 in the Tour De Tirol Kaiser Marathon and Team Silver Medal

with the English Mountain            Running Team

4th in the Classic Ben Nevis Race 2009, UK

3rd in the Charberton Marathon 2009, France

6th in the European Sky Running Championship 2009 in the Dolomites

Skyrace, Canazei, Italy

Winners of the Salomon Annecy Lake Relay 2009, France with the

Salomon Trail Team UK

Winner of the Azikori-Zegama Alpine Marathon 2009, Spain

2nd in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Race 2009, UK

Trofeo Vanoni, International Relay Race Italy 2008

4th Classic Ben Nevis Race 2008, UK

4th International Snowdon Race 2008, UK

6th in the World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge Yorkshire

Three Peaks Race 2008

Favorite food: Bananas Favourite Thing: Sophie Favourite Band: Kings

of Leon

Job: Firefighter

Sports played: Cheerleading, Tiddly Winks, Adventure racing,

Mountain Biking, Swimming.

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