The concept of the supergroup is most commonly associated with music - Blind Faith (the Eric Clapton–Stevie Winwood project) and the Travelling Wilburys (Dylan, Harrison, Orbison etc) are good examples. Now some of the UK's top ultra runners have dusted down the 'supergroup' idea to target an ambitious long-distance challenge.
The challenge, christened the Pyllon Endeavour, is led Paul Giblin (commonly known as Pyllon) and will see a team of eight athletes each running at least three sections and approximately 26 miles along the West Highland Way. The team will run the full length of the West Highland way twice and hope to complete the 'Milngavie - Fort William - Milngavie' route in an ambitious 24 hours.
Running the WHW twice within one day is a tall order (it can take walkers up to a week to travel one way) and not something the team has taken lightly, especially given the unpredictability of the Scottish weather in November. But the depth of talent within the relay team gives them the best possible chance of returning to Milngavie before 4pm on November 17, 2018.
There is a serious purpose behind the challenge as the team will be raising awareness of mental health wellbeing and raising funds for local charity SAMH. Giblin commented: “Ultra running is a difficult sport. And running 100-miles is said to be like living the many ups and downs of life in just one day. It has become our way of managing the stresses of everyday life and we know that running has the potential to help many others.
"The sport has done so much for each of us, so tackling this incredible challenge as a team, is our way of celebrating the challenges we face individually every day. And whatever the outcome, we know that the the strength of our community will shine through”
Giblin's all-stars are:
- Paul Giblin - 3 x times WHW champion, 3 x times WS100 top 10
- James Stewart – WHW, Rocky Racoon and Tooting 24hr winner and GB 24hr athlete
- John Connolly - Devil of the Highlands winner and 2nd at the Highland Fling
- Graham Connolly - Kintyre Way winner
- Marco Consani - Lakeland 100 winner, GB 24hr athlete
- Chris Cowley - Hardmoors 160 winner, podium at Glenmore 24
- Robert Turner - British 100K champion and GB 100K athlete
- Eoin Lennon - Irish national mountain runner, podium at Devil of the Highlands, multiple hill/fell race wins.
For further information, visit the Pyllon Endeavour website.
Follow the live GPS tracker which will be carried throughout the event at the Race Drone website or get out on the course and support the athletes.
Donate to Pyllon Endeavour via Just Giving.