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    Tom Evans

    Ultra Running

    Fun Facts

    • Favourite Food

      - Pancakes

    • Favourite Film

      - We are the Millers

    • Favourite Music

      - The XX

    • Favourite Book

      - White Spider

    • Dream Holiday Destination

      - Flagstaff for a training Camp

    • Who are the most important people in your life?

      - Family, and my dog!

    • Favourite TV Show

      - Peaky Blinders

    • What are you doing when you aren't training?

      - Anything physical, I don’t like sitting around, unless drinking coffee.

    • What are your other hobbies?

      - Skiing, surfing, sailing

    Background

    Tom Evans is an ultra-marathon runner who finished in 3rd place out of 1,200 people in the 2017 Marathon des Sables – a brutal 155 mile running race over 6 days through a formidable landscape in one of the worlds inhospitable climates (>50 degrees centigrade) – the Sahara desert.

    Tom says “Beet It Sport is a natural substance that I trust and have seen the benefits in my training and racing. There is strong science behind the use of beetroot to help endurance athletes”.

    Interview

    How did you get involved in ultra-running?

    I have always enjoyed testing myself physically. I have run since I was at school. Being in the British Army, we spend lots of time on our feet covering large distances. I did my first ultra in November 2016.

    What advice would you give to a young, aspiring ultra-runner?

    Respect the race and the distance you are going to do. Completing an ultra-marathon is possible if you have done the right preparation and you stay mentally strong.

    What's your best ultra-running achievement so far?

    I finished 3rd in the Marathon des Sables 2017. This is the first time any European has been on the podium.

    What are your aspirations in ultra-running for 2017 and beyond?

    I have just raced in the Eiger 101km in Switzerland where I finished 4th in a very competitive field. I am racing in the Riano Trail Run in September and then Frankfurt Marathon in October. Beyond….. I want to be the best I possibly can be.

    Tell us something that most people don’t know about you?

    When I was 19 years old, I weighed 102kg!

    What are your top three sport nutrition tips?

    1. Eat regularly when you are racing and training.
    2. Test your nutrition plan before a big race.
    3. Have a plan B, just in case your body won’t accept a certain type of food.

    What are your top three training tips?

    1. Training is only going to be as hard as you make it.
    2. Recovery is as important as the training its self.
    3. HAVE FUN

    How do you keep mentally focussed/strong during tough ultra-endurance events?

    I am big on visualisation before a race. In the build-up, I will imagine myself running and plan through in my head what I am going to do if things start to go wrong. Music can also help, having said that, I have a terrible music selection on my I-pod that has not been updated since 2013!!

    Can you give us an insight into your race strategy – nutrition fuelling, hydration management?

    I like to start races slowly, settling into my rhythm, then I can finish strong. I like to eat and drink regularly during races so that my blood sugar levels stay constant throughout a long race. Pacing is really important, don’t set off too fast as you will feel the effects later on in the race.