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Each year members take on epic, inspiring and occasionally just plain daft challenges.  Some are for charity, others to for publicity but mainly just to see if they can do it.  The training provided by the club can be useful for so many endurance challenges as can the knowledge, experience and motivation of other members.  Below are some examples of Challenges undertaken by club members over previous years.

Run: Ultra Trail Du Mount Blanc

Man Tri members Brian Mullan, Duncan Hill and Rob Harper are currently in the process of qualifying for and training to complete the UTMB 2011. Their website describes the event as:

'166km, 9500m ascent: Mountain race, with numerous passages in high altitude (>2500m), in difficult weather conditions (night, wind, cold, rain or snow), that needs a very good training, adapted equipment and a real capacity of personal autonomy.'

Here's what Brian has to say about it:

"My goal was to qualify for the 2011 UTMB after a discussion I had with Rob and Duncan at one of the club Tuesday classes in January, That's the way these things always start and around 235 racing miles and three pairs of trainers later I'm now in. Rob and Duncan aren't far off having enough points and I'm sure they'll get them before December. That's 2011's goal unless something else comes up in a club session....."

To qualify and get prepared for the main event they've all been taking part in a number of other Ultra events, some of which are listed in this section.

Bike: Round Britain Coastal Bike Ride

On 5th July 2010 Dean sets off on a grand cycle tour of the British Isles Coastline. Something like 5000 miles. Anyone who has seen the BBC Series "Coast" will realize that our little island's coastline offers a multitude of fascinating, diverse and beautiful, landscapes, beaches, heritage, "fish and chips" and ice cream and Dean wants to experience the lot. He also hopes to raise money for the charity; Seeds for Africa, please visit the following site to donate: For Dean blog visit:

Run: Comrades Ultra Marathon

Begun in 1921 the Comrades Ultra Marathon consists of 56 miles between the South African cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban.  There's a great history of the race on their website:

Brian Mullan completed the 2010 race as part of his preparation for the 2011 UTMB. He finished in a time of 9:25:29.

Run: Lakeland 50/100 (July 2010)

The Lakeland 100 is a spectacular long distance trail race which use a circular route encompasses the whole of the lakeland fells.  It includes in the region of 6300m of ascent and consists entirely of public bridleways and footpaths (and yes it is 100 miles long!). The route starts in Coniston and heads South before completing a clockwise loop which takes in the Dunnerdale fells, Eskdale, Wasdale and Buttermere before arriving in Keswick. From here the route heads to Matterdale and continues over to Haweswater before returning via Kentmere, Ambleside and Elterwater to the finish at Coniston. In addition to the Lakeland 100 the Lakeland 50 event also takes place with 3100m of ascent starting from the Dalemain Estate just north of Pooley Bridge and finishing at Coniston.

Man Tri members Brian Mullan took on the Lakeland 100 in July 2010 and successfully completed it in a time of 38:03:14 coming home in 55th place.  At the same time Rob Harper did the Lakeland 50 and completed in 10:33:47 finishing in 16th place!

Swim/Run: The Super Six Challenge (20th August 2009)

You have probably heard of the UK Three Peaks Challenge, many of you will have completed this challenge. Well, take the three peaks, add to it three lakes, and there you have a never-been-done-before challenge dreamt up by some ambitious individuals from Manchester to raise money and awareness for PAPYRUS. The SUPER SIX is a continuous 48 hour challenge, completed by a team of six individuals. The SUPER SIX team will climb the UKs three highest peaks, and swim the UKs three largest lakes, with no brakes for rest. This involves over 10,000 ft of climbing, over 35 miles of swimming, and a whole lot of driving, NON STOP! For more info:

Swim: Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (6th June 09)

Man Tri swimmer Jane McCormack is no stranger to long distance swimming challenges with a Channel crossing under her belt. Her latest swim will be 28.5 mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in aid of Headway:

Bike: Lands End to John O'Groats (LEJOG)

There have been a number of LEJOG challanges made by club members.  The most recent we are aware of was in 2008 by Chris Brobin, Paul Schofield and Andy Quicke.  A link to their blog is below:

Run: Crossing the Attacam

In 2007 Ian Jones was at it again and this time his wife went along with him... for their honey moon!  The Atacama Crossing is based in Northern Chile, and involves running / walking around 150 miles over 7 days, carrying all of your own equipment and food. If you'd like more details about the race, please have a look at the following websites:-

Run: Marathon des Sables

In 2006 Ian Jones took on The Marathon des Sables, a 7 day / ~150 mile endurance race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco. All competitors have to carry all of their food and equipment to last the week; the only thing the organisers provide is a water supply and a tent for the evening!  Want to try!  Ian Jones our current treasurer did so read how he got on here:

Swim: English Channel - 1-way

MTC member Enrique Flores complete his channel crossing in 2009.