Alex Pilcher – Mountain Runner

transvulcania-fotos-oficiales-salida-media-marat-n-transvulcania-fotos-oficiales-1566487-40364-314A bit about me…

With a background as a county level swimmer, I started running when I was 15, coming through the club system running Track and XC for my local club Derby AC. On the track my main events were the 5,0000m and 3km Steeplechase; medalling Nationally at Under 23 level in the Chase and running in the UK Trials. I always enjoyed racing the XC in the winter months over the Track though. I have also raced frequently on the roads, mainly at 10km. I stepped up to Half Marathon in 2015 and debuted at the Marathon in London in 2016 (perhaps my hardest ever race!).

Xterra_Bronze_finishHow I got into Mountain Running…

I recently got into Mountain Running after a holiday with my cousin in California/ Hawaii in 2015, which included a few trail races (Malibu & Hawaii) and exploring the mountains. I loved the challenge of ascending the mountains, the view from the top and then flying down at sub 5 min/mi pace. I particularly enjoy single track wooded trails. The variety of the terrain makes it a lot more exciting than slogging out 10mile tempos on the road and you get to explore some beautiful places.

FB_IMG_1446400967839Career Highlights…

  • Sub 2min 800, Sub 4 1500m, Sub 15 5km, Sub 30 10km, Sub 70 HM
  • 7th Inter Counties Fell 2016
  • 8th in Transvulcania Sky Running VKM (2016)
  • Xterra World Trail Bronze in Hawaii (2015)
  • National 6 Stage Road Relays Silver (2015)
  • Northern 6 Stage Road Relays Gold (2010, 2015)
  • Top 15 National XC as a Junior (2005)
  • Top 20 Inter Counties XC Junior (2005)
  • 2 x UK Trials Steeplechase
  • 2 x National U23 Steeplechase Medallist (2006, 2007)

My results history can be found on Power of 10 here.

Using Mountain Fuel…

I am a great believer in marginal gains; the elements of training that sometimes get overlooked, but can have a profound effect on performance. In particular, ensuring the body is replenished with sufficient nutrients post-workout, to rebuild the muscles. I use the Chocolate Ultimate Recovery Fuel within 20mins of finishing a race or workout to help rebuild so that I can be ready for my next training workout. I have also found the Xtreme Energy great to sip leading into a workout, to give me the sufficient energy for the workout, without causing any stomach issues.