Ishmael Burdeau

You might say I have the legs of a cyclist but the heart of a runner. I have spent much of the past 35 years either competing in cycle races or running, but sadly I am a much better cyclist than I am a runner. Since moving to the Peak District a few years ago I have been able to spend a lot more time running in a fantastic area.

Ultra History
I have been doing ultra running races for only about three years. So far I have done a few fairly tough ones, including the Spine Race, the Welsh 3000s Skyrace, the Ultra Tour of the Peak District and the Cumbria Way Ultra. But, oddly enough, I got I into ultra running after several years as an ultra cyclist, competing in some big events such as the National 24 Hour Championships (3rd in 2013) as well as being a two-time finisher on the Transcontinental Cycle Race, an unsupported bike race to Istanbul which covers between 2,200 and 2,400 miles.

Why the WHW?
This will be my first event at the circa 100 mile distance and I can’t think of a better place to do this than in Scotland.

Aim for the race?
To only spend one night on the trail.