Achievements

My racing CV, 2003 to present:

2016

  • Everesting Bwlch-y-groes: 24 repeats; 145.1 km; 9121 m [blog] [Strava]
  • Everesting the Devil’s Elbow: 49 repeats; 180.6 km; 9,298 m [blog] [Strava]
  • Yorkshire Dales 300 – 8th overall: 28 h 46 m [Strava]
  • Highland Trail 550 – 11th overall: 4 d 22 h 13 m [blog] [Strava: 1, 2a, 2b, 3, 4, 5a, 5b]

2015

  • Bear Bones 200 km ITT: 27 hours, 32 minutes [blog] [Strava]
  • 53rd 3 Peaks Cyclocross Race – 300th overall: 4 h 32 m 52 s – [blog] [Strava]
  • Yorkshire Dales 300 – 3rd overall, 1st singlespeed: 31 h 52 m – [blog] [Strava]
  • Rovaniemi 150 Arctic Winter Race – 9th overall: 13 h 9 m – [blog] [Strava]

2014

  • Bear Bones 200 km ITT – 3rd overall, 1st singlespeed: 22 h 33 m – [blog] [Strava]
  • Lakeland 200 ITT (singlespeed) – 27 h 10 m [blog] [Strava]
  • Highland Trail Race 560mi ITT – retired at start of Day 4 [blog]

2013

  • Bear Bones 200 km ITT – 2nd overall, 1st singlespeed: 13 h 58 m [Strava]
  • Highland Trail Race 440 mi ITT – 2nd overall (singlespeed): 3 d 11 h 22 m [blog] [Strava 1, 2, 3]
  • Trans Cambrian Way Double ITT – First passage: 32 h 32 m [blog] [Strava]

2012

  • Bear Bones 200km ITT – 1st overall, 1st Singlespeed: 15 h 18 m [Strava]

2011

  • Bear Bones 200 km ITT – 1st Singlespeed & Joint 1st Overall with Kevin Roderick: 17 h 28 m  [blog entry] [Strava]

2010

  • Original Source Mountain Mayhem 24hr –
    Sport Category (Me, Neil Cox, Joe Lally, Alan Gardner): 19th

2009

  • Original Source Mountain Mayhem 24hr –
    Sport Category (Me, Neil Cox, Joe Lally, Alan Gardner): 11th
  • Endurance Life Coastal Trailquest League – Solo: 2nd
  • Endurance Life Coastal Trailquest Series – Round 7: Exmoor – Solo: 3rd
  • Endurance Life Coastal Trailquest Series – Round 6: Cornwall – Solo: 2nd
  • Endurance Life Coastal Trailquest Series – Round 5: Pembroke – Solo: 3rd
  • Endurance Life Coastal Trailquest Series – Round 3: Portland – Solo: 1st

2008

  • Endurance Life Coastal Trailquest Series – Round 2: Gower – Solo: 1st
  • Questars –  Round 3: Cannock – Duo (Paired with Alan Gardner): 1st
  • Questars –  Round 4: Purbeck – Duo (Paired with Alan Gardner): 1st

2007

  • Trans Scotland 7 Day Stage Race – Solo: 8th
  • Nightrider 12 – Paired with James D’Arcy: 3rd
  • Merida – Builth Wells: 34th

2006

  • Maxx Exposure (SDW – Eastbourne to QE Country Park, at night): 7th
  • Brecon Beast 110km Enduro (Open Men): 5th
  • Sleepless in the Saddle 24hr Solo: 3rd
  • Saab Salomon Mountain Mayhem 24hr Solo: 17th
  • Enduro Plus 6hr Solo (Sport Men): 11th
  • Merida – Builth Wells 75km Enduro: 33rd
  • Exposure Lights Big Night Out – Builth Wells: 24th
  • Spain 24hr Race (paired with James Lister): 1st

2005

  • Dusk til Dawn: Brandon, Thetford (Solo): 7th
  • SITS: Catton Park, Burton (Paired with Ben Cornwell): 12th
  • National Championships: Bringewood, Ludlow (Open Seniors): 3rd
  • Polaris: Summer Dark Peak, Peak District (Solo, Seniors): 4th
  • SSMM 24 Hour: Eastnor Park, Malvern (Solo): 7th

2004

  • French Polaris: Autumn Ariege, France (Paired with Beth): 1st
  • Polaris: Coniston, Lake District (Solo, Seniors): 16th
  • Trailquest: Mortimer Forest, Marches (Solo, Seniors): 1st
  • Polaris: Summer White Peak, Peak District (Solo, Seniors): 26th
  • SSMM 24 Hour: Eastnor Park, Malvern (Sport – Pearce Cycles): 20th
  • Polaris: Spring Leyburn, Yorkshire Dales (Solo, Seniors): 2nd

2003

  • Polaris: Autumn Alston, Northumberland (Pair with Ben Cornwell, Seniors): 18th
  • Polaris: Summer Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire (Solo, Seniors): 17th
  • Polaris: Spring Isle of Man (Solo, Seniors): 10th
  • Polaris: Autumn Keswick, Lake District (Pair with Ben Cornwell, Seniors): 28th

Other notable achievements

  • 2003 South Downs Way Randonnee: 98 miles in 11hr 48m

I started riding mountain bikes in 1991. I tried my hand at at a few XC races in the early days, entering events such as Hawkstone Park XC race, and various summer and winter series in the Shropshire area. Early successes were notable only by their absence, but some interest in racing maintained. I toured Wales and the Lake District with a friend 1992-1993, and entered my first Polaris back in 1995. The combination of both riding and navigation disciplines interested me much more than XC, despite the fact I lacked the endurnce for a 2-day event. I entered two more Polaris events in 1996, before going back to being a weekend warrior through my university years. Now I’m a bit older, endurance has become more my strength, which is reflected in my choice of events. More recently, I’ve moved away from formal training routines to keep a suitable balance with a young family. This has opened up avenues for short multiday excursions with the tent or to a local bothy.

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2 Comments

  • Ian,

    Thanks again for stopping to help us out with our split chain on Sunday in Portland… didn’t realise at the time that you were leading the field and on your way to victory! Very decent of you to stop and sort us out… would have been a long walk home otherwise – and we certainly wouldn’t have won the pairs event in that case!

    Chris

  • Hey Chris,

    No worries at all for stopping to help. I didn’t realise I was on my way to victory either!
    See you at another Trailquest sometime 😉

    Ian

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