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Who are the people that you draw inspiration from and why?
Joss Naylor and other fell-racing legends are an inspiration but I would never had heard about them were it not for Richard Askwith. An ordinary runner with a talent for translating what make fell running such a thrill onto the page
Others I admire are the top runners who aren't arrogant or stuck in a clique but happy to chat and share with MOPers and BOPers like me, such as Mark Palmer. Having seen interviews with guys like Jez Bragg and Ian Sharman they seem very down to earth indeed, which I respect
Talent and hard work but no ego
The only person ever (or likely to) win Olympic golds at 5k, 10k and Marathon (his first attempt at the distance) in Helsinki 1952 and his stand against the old Soviet system
Fido2Dogs - I am no burrito expert but dont they typically contain meat etc and Scott Jurek is a strict vegan... would be interested to know what he does have in them that keeps him running well.
For me it is Joss Naylor.
Yiannis Kouros who is the greatest ultra runner ever.
During the 80's and 90's he held just about every ultra running record known.
He once ran over 1000k in 6 days.
He also holds the top 4 times at Spartathlon. The fastest 20.29 being about 2 hours faster than any other man.
For me its not just about the guys at the front although they do inspire me.
Its the folks that have taken on the challenge not knowing if they are even capable of finishing. To see the sheer joy on there face at the finish and share in there tears is a profoundly moving experience and one that I like to be part of time and time again.....
Bret Runner has made an important point.
You really don't have to go far up the ultra running hierarchy to find a hero.
Any man or woman who takes on a target much bigger than anything they have done previously, and overcomes the odds, has displayed an element of heroism. Taking on a race where you are likely to fail is a bit like looking into the abyss.
I have gained a strong respect for female ultra runners who take on the 100 mile events. It is terrifying to take on an event where you have a 50/50 chance of getting eliminated on paper, but some of these events see the female field reduced to a single lone warrior.
That is a hero for you right there!