Hometown: Pontypridd, South Wales
Sport: Ultra Running
Get to know Simon
Tell us about your successes so far?
I had many big wins over the past year which include the Montane Dragons Back Race 2021 and a win at the Montane Spine Challenger North 2022. I have also represented my home country, Wales at the World Mountain Running Nations Cup 2021 which was in Chiavenna, Italy.
What are you working on? What are your goals for the future?
Some big races this coming year, will be racing the Cape Wrath Ultra in May which is an 8-day expedition race along the Cape Wrath trail in Scotland. I will also be returning to the Montane Dragons Back Race to defend my title. There will also be some smaller races thrown in between.
Why do you run? What do you love about running?
These days it's to get away from ‘real’ life. When I'm running in the hills, nothing can touch me, its complete freedom for a small moment..
Which Scarpa shoe is your favourite?
Scarpa Spin Infinity. The comfort is unreal! They fit my feet like slippers and the ride over rough terrain is very smooth from its fantastic cushion. They are pretty lightweight so have a cool fast feel to them.
I also have a soft spot for the Scarpa Ribelle Run. A really good-looking shoe that has some cool features like the gaiter and the fast lace system.
Tell us about your best day running?
Long weekend runs in the Summer at the Brecon Beacons which are local to me. I just love those runs every week. I don’t care about pace or anything like that, just running in the glorious sunshine for hours surrounded by beautiful scenery.
What do you do away from your sport?
I love my job, I'm a construction manager for a large-scale main contractor, mainly sat at a desk so quite the change from the running side of me. I have my dog chase; we go on lots of walks. I enjoy the odd red wine now and then and I've recently become a big coffee fan. I'm also crazy for pizza
Where is your #NoPlacetooFar?
I would love to one day get to do the Iditarod trail in Alaska. 1000 miles of pure wilderness just sounds crazy to me!! It's just a dream at the moment, but let's see......
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Davide Vaninetti, Adam Jacobs (Wild Aperture), Will Roberts, John Bamber, No Limits Photography