HUNGERFORD car services technicican Paul Stout will be on the move in September when he takes part in one of the world’s toughest road ultramarathon, the Spartathlon in Greece.
He will tackle the 153-mile, 36-hour race from Athens to Sparta on September 25 as part of the British Spartathlon Team, with 100 miles of the event taking place at night.
One of a 25-strong British contingent, he will race in the footsteps of Athenian messenger Pheidippides, who covered the distance ahead of the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC to request Spartan help against the invading Persian forces.
Now the owner of Hungerford’s AMJ Auto Services will answer the team call to face the late Greek summer and a hand-over-foot ascent of the 3,900ft Mount Parnethion at dead of night.
Stout represented Berkshire at cross country running in his youth, but admits to letting peak fitness slip by before returning to distance events and tackling the Thames Path Ultra run, covering 100 miles in 23 hours - dressed as Batman! Now almost two stone lighter, he has been training in three layers with a sauna suit and altitude mask for his first sportathlon in which runners have a time limit of 36 hours to complete the course.
The British team also includes captain Mimi Anderson, holder of the world record for the fastest female time running from John O’Groats to Lands End.