Gavin started running in 1999. In addition to numerous marathons he has run the world renowned 56 mile ultra-marathon Comrades race ten times with a best time of 9:21 hours, and has run the Two Oceans 56km Ultras in Cape Town seven times. He typically runs an average of four marathons, Comrades and Two Oceans a year, and trains an average of 1000km in the six months leading up to Comrades. Gavin played professional squash in Europe from 1985 – 1995 and returned to his home in South Africa 1995 and opened and ran his own business in Durban until 2009.
Linda has run more than 300 marathons. She is currently second in the UK for the most marathons completed by a female. She has run a marathon in thirty countries, and was the first female to run 52 marathons in one year in the UK. She has won numerous running awards and coaches new and aspiring runners to attain their goals.
Sarah’s specialty is multi-day ultra-marathon distance events. Her training over the past eight years has typically included running a marathon distance every week. Sarah has run a total of six ten-day races, running 2-3 marathons per day in these. In 2011 she won the women’s 1000 km run in Athens in 9 days and 12 hours, and then placed 3rd in a 10-day race in New York five days later, running 1072km.
Steve has run well over 500 marathons, and in 2013 he officially completed 500 marathons all in under a 3:30 time! In 1990, at the age of 28, he became the youngest athlete in the world to run 100 marathons. Two years later, aged just 30, he passed the 200 marathon landmark, again, the youngest athlete ever to do so. In 1992 he also broke the world record for running the most marathons in a one year period, a total of 87. He has run the Brathay 10 Marathons in 10 days challenge four times.
Jane started running in 1998. Her brother had just had his first heart attack and bypass surgery at the age of 38. His death inspired her to help others lead a healthier life. Jane has run over 100 marathons and 50 ultra-marathons and was the first woman to complete the Grand Slam of Australian Ultras (4 runs of over 100 miles in less than 4 months). In 2012 she became the first woman to run 664kms across The Simpson Desert (in 10 days, with temperatures on up to 45 degrees Celsius). Jane lives in Sydney, Australia.
Takasumi Senoo is a trained Nurse who lives in Kanagawa, Japan. In addition to having completed 20 ultra-marathons he has run a number of significant distances over the past ten years. In 2004 he participated in the run Across America 5,000 km event, finishing in 71 days with a daily average of 70 km. In 2005, he ran/climbed/walked to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and in 2006 he ran in Australia from Perth to Port Augusta – a distance of 2,400 km, finishing this in 60 days.
Dan is a 20 year ultramarathon veteran with over 260 races to his name. He is the current record holder for most consecutive finishes at the Badwater 135 having been the only person to have completed 10 Badwaters finishes in 10 years; a race recognized globally as "the world's toughest foot race”, covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA in temperatures up to 130F.
Dave has run over fifty marathons each year, every year, since 2006. He has completed more marathons than any other Britain in the last 5 years. By April 2012 he had completed 500 marathons and ultra-marathons. In 2008 Dave collected 3rd place in North America for the most marathons completed by a runner in a year. In 2009 he was 2nd.
Dr. Rajat Chauhan is a sports medicine doctor from India, and the founder and medical director of ‘Back 2 Fitness’ – a chain of sports medicine and musculoskeletal medicine rehab centres across India. He is also a columnist for the Mint Business newspaper in India, and the owner, race director and medical director of La Ultra – the world’s highest altitude ultramarathon (up to 17,700 feet), held in northern India.