MICK HILTON

Trail Running (UK) - - Warm- Up -

Mick’s is an amaz­ing tale of open heart surgery, work­ing in Alaska and re­turn­ing to Bri­tain with a new-found love for ul­trarun­ning. “I started when I was in Alaska but on a tread­mill. I had to, partly be­cause I’d been en­joy­ing Amer­i­can por­tion sizes slightly too much,” he laughs. On re­turn­ing to friend­lier run­ning in Kent, Mick re­ally got the bug and upped the ante, com­pet­ing in a wide range of events from the bru­tal Lan­zarote Iron­man to bik­ing solo from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

With time on his hands fol­low­ing re­tire­ment, he’s re­ally got into ul­trarun­ning. “I re­cently ran my long­est sin­gle run from Box­ley to Can­ter­bury along the Pil­grims’ Way and North Downs way. The rain was sup­posed to pass within an hour but it stayed over­head for four hours.

“Rivers of knee-deep rain­wa­ter and bone-shak­ing thun­der­storms en­sued. Soon I was beyond wet, with pud­dles slosh­ing in my shoes and the crease of my shorts. I’ve never felt hap­pier and ca­pa­ble of any­thing I set my heart on.”

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