24 hr Round and Ultra Race Seminar
Saturday 17th February 2018
Nicky started running in 2001 and did her first Bob Graham in 2005 in 23.32 hours. Since then Nicky has successfully completed ten 24 hour rounds and did hold the Ladies records for all three UK Rounds (BG 18.06, Paddy 19.02 and Ramsay 19.39). In May 2016 Nicky attempted the Double Bob Graham to celebrate her 10 year cancer survival and became only the 2nd person ever to get under 48 hours and the 1st woman; finishing in 45.30 hours.
Nicky has raced in five 100 mile ultra races; winning the GRP twice, coming 16th Lady in the 2015 UTMB and won the 60 mile Fellsman Hike three times. In 2014 she won the inaugural 10Peaks Xtreme outright and was 3rd in the 10Peaks Long in 2015.
In 2015 Nicky completed in the 144km, 10,900m L'Echappee Belledonne coming 19th overall and 2nd Lady in 35.32 hours. In August 2016 she raced the UTMB again and was 11th Lady . To celebrate her 50th birthday she did the Joss Naylor challenge (for over 50's) and broke the Ladies record in a time of 11.02 hours. In September Nicky started the inaugural 100 mile, 11,000m Ultra Tour Monta Rosa but pulled out after 60 miles with a chest infection. Learn how she is rallying round and preparing for a comeback in 2018!
During the day the course will cover how to train and prepare physically, practically and mentally for Ultra races such as the Fellsman, Ultra Trail Mont Blanc, Ultimate Trails or Grand Raid Pyrenees. Nicky will also run through all aspects of training, reccying and organising a Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley or Charlie Ramsay round.
On the practical side there will be basics of navigation lesson and a pole technique demonstration which you can practice on the walk / run in the local countryside before lunch.
Cost: £50 including breakfast and lunch.
Location: Woodhead Mountain Rescue Barn, Bedding Edge Rd, Hepworth, Holmfirth, W.Yorks, HD9 1TP
To Book on please use link below
Schedule of the Day's Events
There will be short breaks in between these sessions as and when required.
|9 - 9.30am
|Arrive - tea/coffee & bacon/egg sandwiches / teacakes
|9.30 - 10.00
|Introductions from participant and Nicky Spinks
|10.00 - 11.30
|Training - Learn how to make and implement an effective hill and distance plan that works for you. How to manage Injuries.
|11.30 - 12.30
|Navigation, Poles Kit - learn basic navigation, how to use poles effectively and how to choose the right kit for individual events. Short walk to practice one or all !
|12.30 - 1.30
|Lunch - sandwiches, soup, baked potatoes, cakes
|1.30 - 2.30
|Pre Event Preparation - How to research into the event you are doing and use this to help your training, planning and preparation.
|2.30 - 3.30
|Physical Race / Round Preparation - How to organise schedules, kit, clothes, food, support points, supporters
|3.00 - 3.30
|Ultra Race and Round strategies - Mental strategies and how to get through the "bad times" to finish the event
|3.30 / 4pm
|Questions / Wrap up / watch Bob Graham film over tea and cakes.
Reviews / Blogs
had a great time at your workshop. I have only attended one event like
this before and I found yours much more helpful and informative. I think the
amount of information you were able to give us as well as anecdotes about your
own experiences was really informative and entertaining. It's nice to know
elite athletes have 'issues' like the rest of us e.g. vomiting in ultras. Another
positive was the small size of the group. It meant that it was relaxed and
it wasn't too intimidating to 'join in'."
"Thank you very much for your time on Saturday and the whole day was very enjoyable and helpful. The cost was also very affordable, normally events like that cost a lot more, so the price was really appreciated. "
" Just wanted to say thank you very much for running the course today. It was such a practical and down to earth set of sessions and I almost believe it's manageable now"
Links to participants blogs
Kirsty Reade at Run247 -Nicky Spinks:-What's-the-secret-of-her-success?
Charlotte Goodall - Learning from the very best - Running with Nicky Spinks
Ronnie Staton - Confessions of a Coach: a day with Nicky Spinks
Jeff McCarthy - RunEatRepeat: a day with Nicky Spinks