Race Director Anthony(Forest) Bethell started trail and mountain running in the summer of 2009 after giving up track athletics some 12 years previously in order to concentrate on eating pies and drinking Guiness. Two years later he became one of less than 100 people to complete the Paddy Buckley Round in Snowdonia (61miles, 28000ft of ascent). The completion of this challenge then fuelled his love for long distance mountain running. Since then he has competed in the Lakeland 50, various Mountain Marathon’s, Gritstone Grind, Tour du Helvellyn and numerous fell races in the UK. Since late 2012 he has also started to compete in a few European Skyraces; Transvulcania, Zegama and Limone. He was also one of the few people to make it to Courmayeur in the 2012 Tor des Geants, after the race was cut short due to weather conditions. .
Race Director Billy Craig (aka barefoot billyboy) was a social runner for a very long time, as a school kid he was very competitive and even somewhat competent. A holiday photograph with graphic evidence of a nasty not-so-little waistline got him running again aged 30. Travel and then family commitments led to a severe casual approach to running. In 2008 came a diet transformation to vegetarianism, and an all round lifestyle improvement. In 2012 he read Born to Run and tried “barefooting”, after the mandatory adaption phase and the usual injury from too much too soon, the pb’s started flying in. A diversion into ultras transpired in 2013 and his niche was found. South African races completed pre transformation: The Comrades Marathon, The Jock Of The Bushveld Ultra & The Bar One Korkie. UK events: Beyond Marathons 12 Labours Of Hercules, Dusk Til Dawn (only finisher to have accomplished black medal + double finisher), The Gritstone Grind, The Millenium Way. Other UK events include The High Peak 40, Tour de Helvellyn, Hardmoors marathons, Tour of Bradwell, The Grizzly, Borrowdale Fell Race. This is his debut into event directorship.