Nicky Spinks – Fell & Ultra Runner



I’ve been running competitively since 2001, a four mile fell race where I think I came last! It was ten years later in 2011 that I had my first major success setting the new women’s record 64 for the number of Lakeland peaks climbed in 24 hours. The old record of 62 peaks was achieved by Anne Johnson in 1994.

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I’ve held the women’s fastest times for each of the three most famous 24-hour British mountain courses, having set the record for the Bob Graham Round in 2012 at 18:12; 19:02 for the Paddy Buckley Round in 2013; and in 2014, the Ramsay Round in 19:39. For some time I was the only person to have completed each challenge in under 20 hours and held the women’s record for each until 2016 when Jasmin Paris broke my records for the individual rounds and set an overall best combined time of 50:10.

In 2015, aged 47 I attempted to beat Chris Near’s overall record for the combined times in the three challenges, when I attempted the Bob Graham in 2015. I needed to complete the circuit in 17:21 or faster, which I was unable to attain but still managed to set a new women’s record of 18:06.

On 15 May 2016, I completed a double Bob Graham Round in 45 hours 30 minutes, beating the previous record set by Roger Baumeister in 1979 by more than an hour.

Nicky Spinks & Joss NaylorOn my 50th birthday I also completed the Joss Naylor Challenge in 11 hours and 2 minutes beating the record by an hour.

When I run my bigger challenges I’m raising money for Odyssey, a charity that helps adults like myself rebuild their lives after cancer – my fund raising page is . Odyssey draws on the majesty of the outdoor environment, the Arts, the stimulation of ncertainty and surprise to help cancer patients of all ages and backgrounds regain their confidence and zest for life.