Ambassadors



| Brennan Townshend |

My life as an endurance athlete began back in 2008 when I started running competitively at college. I quickly fell in love with the training and racing, continually pushing my body to see how far and fast I could go. A running injury made me turn to competitive road cycling, winning the Junior Tour of Wales and later riding for pro-teams Raleigh and Madison Genesis. Following a few years of racing around the world I tried my hand at triathlon, but eventually returned to my roots of fell and trail running. I really enjoy racing in the mountains because of the challenges of the terrain, and for the magical places it takes me.  Through tweaking my training, preparation and nutrition I’ve...

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| Brennan Townshend |

My life as an endurance athlete began back in 2008 when I started running competitively at college. I quickly fell in love with the training and racing, continually pushing my body to see how far and fast I could go. A running injury made me turn to competitive road cycling, winning the Junior Tour of Wales and later riding for pro-teams Raleigh and Madison Genesis. Following a few years of racing around the world I tried my hand at triathlon, but eventually returned to my roots of fell and trail running. I really enjoy racing in the mountains because of the challenges of the terrain, and for the magical places it takes me.  Through tweaking my training, preparation and nutrition I’ve...

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| Sophie Grant |

I’m Sophie, a New Zealand born, GB representing, ultra-runner based in a campervan at the base of some big European mountain. My ultra-adventures started when my husband bought me an entry for the 2013 Marathon des Sables as a birthday present. I finished fourth, and was hooked on the long stuff. Since then I have completed the UTMB five times, including a PB sub-28 hour race in 2018, and have had top 10 finishes at Transgrancanaria, Lavaredo Ultra Trail, and the Highland Fling. I just love the freedom of Ultra Running. It's always an adventure, allowing me to explore new and beautiful places on my own two feet, which makes me really happy! The best thing about living in a...

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| Sophie Grant |

I’m Sophie, a New Zealand born, GB representing, ultra-runner based in a campervan at the base of some big European mountain. My ultra-adventures started when my husband bought me an entry for the 2013 Marathon des Sables as a birthday present. I finished fourth, and was hooked on the long stuff. Since then I have completed the UTMB five times, including a PB sub-28 hour race in 2018, and have had top 10 finishes at Transgrancanaria, Lavaredo Ultra Trail, and the Highland Fling. I just love the freedom of Ultra Running. It's always an adventure, allowing me to explore new and beautiful places on my own two feet, which makes me really happy! The best thing about living in a...

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| Helen Richards |

Hi, I’m Helen, an elite triathlete and runner. I caught the endurance bug after my first Olympic distance triathlon 18 months ago. I instantly craved the adrenalin and satisfaction that I got from endurance racing, and decided to enter middle-distance and full Ironman triathlons. I won my age category in my first Ironman and qualified for the world championships in Kona in 2017. Since then I have had multiple age category wins and podium finishes, including 3rd place overall at Ironman Norway 2018. But my highlight of 2018 was achieving a 9th place in my age category at the Ironman 70.3 world championships in South Africa. When I first started triathlons, I didn’t know a thing about sports nutrition. I...

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| Helen Richards |

Hi, I’m Helen, an elite triathlete and runner. I caught the endurance bug after my first Olympic distance triathlon 18 months ago. I instantly craved the adrenalin and satisfaction that I got from endurance racing, and decided to enter middle-distance and full Ironman triathlons. I won my age category in my first Ironman and qualified for the world championships in Kona in 2017. Since then I have had multiple age category wins and podium finishes, including 3rd place overall at Ironman Norway 2018. But my highlight of 2018 was achieving a 9th place in my age category at the Ironman 70.3 world championships in South Africa. When I first started triathlons, I didn’t know a thing about sports nutrition. I...

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| Sarah Sawyer |

I’m Sarah from Brighton and you’ll mainly find me running long distances in the mountains, across deserts, on trails and around the track. Some of my best race results to date are RTP Patagonia (1st), RTP Ecuador (1st), Crawley 24 hours (1st), NDW50 (1st), Atacama Crossing (2nd), TP100 (2nd), Global Limits Bhutan (3rd) and WW50 (3rd). I love running because of the places it has taken me, both geographically and metaphorically. When I laced up my trainers for the first time, I didn’t ever imagine what a positive impact it would have on my life. I absolutely love training and never find it a chore – I’m the kind of person who bounces out of bed at 5am and goes...

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| Sarah Sawyer |

I’m Sarah from Brighton and you’ll mainly find me running long distances in the mountains, across deserts, on trails and around the track. Some of my best race results to date are RTP Patagonia (1st), RTP Ecuador (1st), Crawley 24 hours (1st), NDW50 (1st), Atacama Crossing (2nd), TP100 (2nd), Global Limits Bhutan (3rd) and WW50 (3rd). I love running because of the places it has taken me, both geographically and metaphorically. When I laced up my trainers for the first time, I didn’t ever imagine what a positive impact it would have on my life. I absolutely love training and never find it a chore – I’m the kind of person who bounces out of bed at 5am and goes...

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| George Foster |

I'm George, a 32 year old fell/mountain runner from the Lake District in the UK and run for my local club, Keswick AC. I've been running competitively on the fells for the past 6 years or so now, having originally been more into the cross-country discipline, where I ran to a reasonably decent level whilst at school. Fell running to me comes down to two things. Freedom and challenge. The freedom to go where you want and the challenge of getting there. It's not about adherence to certain times or even distances. It's simply a matter of running....but in some of the most beautiful terrain that the UK has to offer. I am drawn more and more to the longer...

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| George Foster |

I'm George, a 32 year old fell/mountain runner from the Lake District in the UK and run for my local club, Keswick AC. I've been running competitively on the fells for the past 6 years or so now, having originally been more into the cross-country discipline, where I ran to a reasonably decent level whilst at school. Fell running to me comes down to two things. Freedom and challenge. The freedom to go where you want and the challenge of getting there. It's not about adherence to certain times or even distances. It's simply a matter of running....but in some of the most beautiful terrain that the UK has to offer. I am drawn more and more to the longer...

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