You may recognise Ben as a contender from BBCs Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week or more recently for hitting the headlines when becoming a Guinness world record holder for the ‘Fastest Marathon Carrying A Household Appliance’. Yes, he’s the guy that ran the London marathon with a whopping 25kg tumble dryer strapped to his back!!
Bens love of running goes way back having completed over 175 races, his favourite distance being marathon with an impressive 2:48:51 pb under his belt. Ben has raced numerace distances including ultras, up top 100 miles. It’s fair to say he likes a challenge!
We met Ben at STF19 and loved his friendly chat, crazy ideas and ambitious drive..
We’re delighted to introduce Ben to you as one of our 2020 STF ambassadors, he’s crazy about running and we think he’ll be an asset to the team!
We’re delighted to welcome Melanie to the A-team.
Mel started running 5 years ago in a bid to keep up with her son but quickly became hooked! Since then she’s gone on to run 20 marathons and 5 ultras!
She’s set herself some ambitious goals too, currently working towards her aim of completing 100 marathons and also hopes to complete 100 miles within 24 Hours.
Will STF 2020 be her year?
Mel, we love a gutsy girl with big dreams and look forward to following your journey to sub24!
Welcome to the team!
This is Rosie Sizer, or Rosie the warrior as we prefer..
Rosie started running in 2016 in a bid to become healthier after a clinical diagnosis of morbid obesity. It was during this journey she unexpectedly fell in love with running!
Rosie mostly runs 10ks and OCRs. She classes herself as a fun runner who likes a bit of a challenge!
“I’m not competing with anyone, I just love getting outdoors”
Rosie’s certainly had a ‘challenge’ on her hands. The past few years she’s been fighting kidney disease which leaves her feeling poorly and exhausted, whilst also raising a young family. “I’m determined to prove to people you can have children, fight illness, not be the fittest person around but still be included in the racing community”
“I love trail running because I am a big nature lover and I try to spend as much time outside as I possibly can. If I am not wondering around the footpaths in Suffolk and Essex I can be found up the mountains in North Wales and Scotland”.
Rosie, we love your positive energy and determination and we think the STF community will agree that you’ll make a wonderful STF ambassador!
BOBBIE & JACK SEAGER
Twins, Bobbie and Jacks passion for trail running was sparked by their dads first ultra marathon at Suffolk Trial Festival . Inspired, they asked to go running with him, which later led to them becoming regulars at junior park run where it became apparent at aged 7, they had a natural ability for running. They both took part in the 3K and Jack even went on to complete two full 5 mile support laps with his Daddy. Wow!
Bobbie & Jack just love being outside but are also happy supporting others, they made excellent volunteers at water station 2 this year.
We think you’ll agree Bobbie & Jack make brilliant STF ambassadors. Their enthusiasm is infectious and we love that aged just 7 they are already giving back to the running community. We can’t wait to see them return to STF in 2020 and look forward to following their progress over the next year! Welcome to the team!
We’re thrilled to welcome Eloise to the A-Team and look forward to following her transition into ultra running later in the year.
PAUL & SARAH DAVISON
Although he discovered running back in his school days, it was 2009 before he decided to sign up for his first race, a road 10k quickly followed by a half marathon.
He then went on to complete over 17 half marathons and 5 marathons!
More recently, Kevin has switched to the trails. “I just find the mindset totally different with trail running, it’s much more relaxed than road running and there is a real sense of enjoyment and surprise with trail running as you never know quite what to expect”!
For the last 2 years Kevin has been co-ordinating a run community and introducing others to the enjoyment of trail running.
Kevin, we totally get it and are as passionate as you are! 😀
Another brilliant addition to the A-Team.
Welcome on board!
WHY WE WORK WITH AMBASSADORS!
We want to build a festival that celebrates trail running because we’re passionate about it and the many benefits it offers.
We want to create a weekend which is enjoyed by families and friends, regardless of age or ability where lifelong memories are made and later treasured.
We want to host races which inspire us all to have a little more belief in what we think is possible and a little more confidence to try!
Suffolk Trail Festival is wayyy more than entry numbers!
What makes us unique to other events is our humble grass roots beginnings and the incredible supportive community we’ve built along the way.
Of course we’d like Suffolk Trail Festival to grow because we’re then able to invest more into the event and share the sport with a wider community but we’re not prepared to compromise our values in order to do so! We won’t sell our souls to the ticket agency!
Instead we look for passionate people, who we believe represent our core values and ask them to represent us in their running circles. Most of our ambassadors have been previous competitors at STF so know exactly what it’s all about and the values we stand for.
This year we’re delighted to welcome our awesome STF ambassadors on board, we think they are perfect for representing our ethos and we believe they will help us to strengthen our community and allow us to deliver an even better event year on year.