Riixo winners podium

Race across Scotland winners.

Riixo were delighted to support GB Ultras Virtual Race Across Scotland.

Here is the Virtual Podium;

1st place
Leo Loughran

Time: 53 hours 9 mins

Prize: Riixo Calf Cuffs

Podium Anthem = Everywhere, Fleetwood Mac

Podium flag;

Waving man city flag
2nd place
Adam Holland

Time: 53 hours 35 mins

Prize: Riixo Ice Ball

Podium Anthem = No I in Beer, Brad Paisley

Podium Flag;

Adam Holland logo
3rd place
Star Bickerstaff

Time: 71 hours 23 mins

Prize: Riixo Ice Ball

Podium Anthem = Walk of Life, Dire Straits

Podium Flag;

St.George Flag

To get to know these super-humans a little better, we asked them a few questions about themselves and the event:

Leo Loughran

Married to Susannah (his best friend and rock) with 5 wonderful children.

From Gorton – not far from Manchester city centre

 

What does a typical weekly training routine look like for you?

I get 30 mins in on a treadmill every lunchtime during the working week and I also run out-doors 6 times a week, after work, Monday to Saturday. I target 80 miles per week, and I include hill and speed work.

I started running when I left the armed forces. It has been stop-and-start over the years since then but in the last 2 years I have started training seriously and I’ve progressed from 6 mile running to marathon running to ultras. It has been great for me to stay on top of my health and general wellbeing.

When was your first Ultra?

My first official Ultra was the GB Ultras Manchester to Liverpool 50-mile race last year. I came second and that really inspired me to run further. I quickly took my mileage up from 30 miles a week to 80.

 

What has been your favourite race event to-date and why?

There have been many races I have trained extremely hard for over the years to achieve my goals. I think my best race to date must be in a very strong field at Bury Athletics where I was going for The Power of 10. I was fifth and achieved my best 10k time of 35 minutes.

 

What is on your Ultra bucket list?

Since the RAS, I’ve set myself bigger goals to achieve. In terms of my bucket list, I’d love to one day run The Barkley marathon. It might be a little ambitious, but anyone who knows me will tell you that I will give 100%, regardless.

 

How have you approached training during lock-down?

I have been training lots during lockdown but it just isn’t the same without your best mates and running club to push you and your limits. I have done a lot more miles on the treadmill during lockdown to reduce injury but be ready for race season.

 

What was your approach to the virtual RAS?

I was looking for a virtual event that would lend itself to running on my treadmill. I had seen that GB Ultras were doing the 215-mile event across Scotland. I decided to do it and I dedicated the run to two good lads who sadly passed away recently. I was also motivated to run for my wife who is battling cancer. The 53 hours was emotionally draining and mentally tough, but it is one that I can now look back on and say that I achieved it and ran across Scotland!

 

How did you recover during the event?

Recovering from a big run like that, on a treadmill, was tough. It took me a good few weeks to get running outdoors again. I was using ice, heat salts and massage to recover.

 

What are your favourite pieces of kit and why?

There are lots of different bits of kit I have for preventing injury or for recovery but nothing to quickly overcome impact on my calf muscles and shins (well not yet!). I am looking forward to receiving these Cuffs in time to prepare for my next big adventure after Covid-19.

 

What is your next event?  

I haven’t set one yet, but I am looking forward to getting out and racing again

Adam Holland

Hello, my name is Adam Tango Holland and I like to run! 😊

I’ve done over 460 marathons/ultras and won over 250 of them.

 

What does a typical weekly training routine look like for you?

I like to take part in as many events as I can during the week. That is my training. Just now it tends to be virtual events

 

When was your first Ultra?

I really, truly, can’t remember off the top of my head

 

What has been your favourite race event to-date and why?

I can’t name one, have done so many, each one is different and has its own unique qualities

 

What is on your Ultra bucket list?

Any 100-mile event that I can get a buckle at! I would also like to have a go at the 200 mile plus events.

 

How have you approached training during lock-down?

It hasn’t made any difference to my training as I stick to events.

 

What was your approach to the virtual RAS?

I didn’t really have a plan. I was just looking forward to giving it a go.

 

How did you recover during the event?

I rested when I wanted and went to a steady pace. I made sure I slept well at night.

 

What are your favourite pieces of kit and why?

It would have to be my Flanci shorts. They’re very colourful and comfy and they keep me going for miles

 

What is your next event?

I am doing the Finn McCool right now, a virtual event of 1350km in 16 weeks.

Star Bickerstaff

Hi, my name is Star. I’m a mum of 4 (3 boys and a teenage girl) so it is a busy house. I live in St Anne’s, in Lancashire, and started running 5 years ago. Although I’m not fast, I love how running gives you the mindset that you can achieve anything if you work hard enough!

 

What does a typical weekly training routine look like for you?

My weekly mileage can range from 40 – 100 miles a week, depending on upcoming races.

 

When was your first Ultra?

I did my first Ultra in 2017. It was the Jurassic Coast Challenge (3 marathons in 3 days along the Dorset Coast).

 

What has been your favourite race event to-date and why?

My favourite rave was probably The Dales Way 50k. I was 7 months pregnant and I got to do it with my fiancé!

 

What is on your Ultra bucket list?

I would love to walk/run the PCT in America. It looks incredible.

 

How have you approached training during lock-down?

Training during lockdown has been difficult. I don’t have any weights at home, so I have had to use the kids! And all my running has been on the treadmill, so I am craving some beautiful scenery

 

What was your approach to the virtual RAS?

Being on the treadmill, I just went with how I was feeling. I knew there was a kitchen full of food next door and a couch I could rest up on, not much further than that! I actually didn’t plan on hitting the miles as hard as I did.

 

How did you recover during the event?

To recover, I ate as much as I could and drank copious amounts of wine!!

Usually, after a run, I have some protein, I hit the foam roller and I stretch. If I’ve done a big run, I will ice my legs too.

 

What are your favourite pieces of kit and why?

You can’t go wrong with a good pair of socks! I don’t have a particular brand they just have to be nice and comfy. My other key piece of kit is plasters!

 

What is your next event?

At the moment, my only scheduled run is the REAL Race Across Scotland next year. I cannot wait!!

From everyone here at Riixo, A massive congratulations to Leo, Adam and Star for their incredible times on the virtual race across Scotland.