adidas Thunder Run 24
Hundreds applied, only six will run. The Men’s Running team for the adidas 24hr Thunder Run has been finalised. Meet the men here:
Ciaran McAneneyAge: 36From: HertfordshireWhy oh why oh why would I sign up for this?Because if you guys are putting a team together that means there are other people dumb enough to want to do it too. Because it means I can spend time training for it rather than spending time persuading people to be dumb enough to want to do it. Because running a 24hr race is a heck of a challenge. Because running as part of a team is a great experience that runners don't often get to take part in. Because running as part of a team pushes you to not let your team mates down.I come from a mountain biking background and have competed in the Saab Salomon 24hr on a couple of occasions as part of four man teams (finishing fourth overall way back in 2003). Since then I've taken up running with our local club (North Herts Road Runners). I've run the G3 trail series over a few years, ran London his year in 2:59:33, completed the Colworth off road challenge (five miles, eight miles, 13 miles over three days) and competed in various inter-club races over the years.I really enjoy running; but I love XC and trail racing. A great way to get away from the PB chase of road running and have more fun.My head torch is charged, trail shoes primed, foam roller packed...
Simon NewtonAge: 32From: West YorkshireI have been running for over 12 years and have run over 30 marathons, with a PB of 2hrs 37. I was captain of a five-man team at last year’s TR24 that eventually finished as runners up in that category. I ran over 30 miles at last year’s event; this was the first time I had participated in such an event and the camaraderie of the weekend, organisation and atmosphere was one of the greatest running experiences I have had to date. My family and I enjoyed every minute of the whole weekend and experience, and as soon as the event finished I vowed to come back. We had been really looking forward to this year’s event but no one from my running club seemed up for it this year, despite my best efforts to rally them! I was desperate to run in the 2011 event and was bugging another local club who already had a full team and even considered the solo option but I am not that mad, yet. I offer an experienced head with good knowledge of the event and course and the running equivalent of the Energiser Bunny, while my wife promises to provide tea and coffee and cook the fry up breakfast for the team!
Steve MillsAge: 42From: CrawleyApproaching 42, I am in a battle to stop my middle age spread spreading. Having always been active, running (many 10Ks, half-marathons and two London Marathons), cycling and mountain biking after retiring early from rugby, I am now experiencing something I have not had before - a lack of motivation. It is a battle to stop myself coming home from work and after playing with my four-year-old, plonking myself on the sofa! The Thunder Run 24 is exactly what I need to get my arse in gear.
Paul DeasAge: 39From: TaysideAs an ex-professional athlete (played football professionally in Scotland for 15 years) I try to maintain a relative level of fitness through running, the odd cycle and the occasional game of tennis. Just on the right side of 40, I am a relative novice to trail running having competed only once - Nokia Coast to Coast 2010 (105 miles cycling, running and kayaking over two days) and have the bug!! Men's Running magazine is a brilliant, refreshing read so I figure you must be a decent bunch of guys and am thrilled to join the team for the challenge, companionship and the craic. And as we all know every successful team requires a token Scot - Man Utd have Sir Alex Ferguson, British Cycling has Sir Chris Hoy, the European Ryder Cup team has Colin Montgomerie, Davis Cup Tennis has Andy Murray (I agree the Davis Cup team is not that successful but I’m running out of token Scots) and Men's Running TR24 has Paul Deas!As an easy going team player that tries to enjoy himself and not take life too seriously I still have the competitive edge and desire required to hopefully make sure that Men's Running TR24 team will have bragging rights over our sisters from Women's Running while celebrating the achievement over a well deserved pint.
Ben LuskAge: 23From: BrightonWhen Danny asked if I’d be interested in taking part in this year’s Adidas TR24 I saw it as a challenge being laid down. Being the competitive type I immediately accepted the challenge before really understanding the scale of the task ahead.I have run three half-marathons in the past year, most of which I have really enjoyed. But the thought of getting away from the roads and run in an event so different to anything else I’ve done is really appealing. I’ve been inspired by watching the likes of James Cracknell taking on all sorts of crazy challenges and I see the TR24 like a bite-sized, manageable version of this more extreme stuff. The real test however will be sharing a tent with Danny. He is a big hairy Essex boy who looks like the snoring type. Luckily it doesn’t sound like any of us will be getting much in the way of sleep!
Danny CoyleAge: 31From: EssexI quickly stepped forward to lead the Men’s Running team for the TR24 and ever since I have been putting the whole thing to the back of my mind the way a teenager tries to ignore the growing pile of dirty pants in his bedroom. I have never run a trail race but I have run four marathons, a few 10Ks and half-marathons since getting the bug in 2006, and my new baby girl has enabled me to prepare for the broken sleep I am anticipating for the duration of the race. The team we have chosen has a good mix of seasoned (much faster) runners and trail newcomers , plus our token Scot, and it will be interesting to see how we all come together on the day and gel as a team. I’m sharing a tent with Ben and he seems like a clean-living sort of lad so I’m not anticipating any eye-watering bouts of flatulence or ear-splitting snoring.This should be fun.