DazNBONE love of spartathlon

Darren and David have had an affinity for the Spartathlon race ever since we first started our ultra adventures. Back then we knew very little. We didn’t know anyone who had ever run the event (everyone seemed like Greek Gods) and we definitely didnt feel like we were equipped to complete it ourselves.

Over the years we went on our own journey to get the “qualifying” standard needed just to enter the “ballot” and in the first year of entering neither Darren nor David were successful. Our two great friends James Ellis and Jamie Holmes did get in (2015) and so we went to be their “crew”.

Since then Darren entered and DNF’ed in 2016

In 2017 the impossible happened and both Darren and David as well as James (3rd time in a row) and Jamie all managed to squeeze in via the ballot and created history by being the first team of 4 runners to complete the Spartathlon running and finishing together.

Now in 2018 Darren once again has just completed this epic event for the 2nd year in a row and David has gained automatic entry for 2019 by getting his auto-qualifier at Tooting 24hr 2018.

As coaches we are inspired to help others prepare, train, gain entry and possibly be your on the ground team for future Spartathlons.

With our friend and partner Nathan Flear we will be running a specific Spartathlon Training camp in the Bulgarian Mountains in June 2019. See below for details and links through to the BOOKING webpage


Sparta RunCamp 2020


We would love to let you know about THE SECOND EDITION of our Spartathlon based Runcamp to be hosted by us Nathan/Tori & David/DARREN

Dates will be Thursday 25th-28th June 2020 and the venue is the stunning town of Bansko, Bulgaria.

You will find a decent amount of info + booking on Tori’s webpage - http://runbulgaria.com/product/spartathlon-training-camp-2020/

However here are some tasters for you 😊

We have put this runcamp together so that it will be accessible for everyone – whether you are a 24-30 hour Spartathlon runner and you want multiple challenging runs to feel like you are in awesome shape, you are the hero bunch who have come so close over the years and you want all the tools and coaching to get as prepared as possible to be a future finisher or you just want to hang out with other runners and get a better feel for the amazing Spartathlon journey. Whether you are a Spartathlon pro, a Spartathlon hopeful or maybe someone who wants to experience the beauty of the Bulgarian mountains and hit the Spa and pool – we have it all covered.

Why should you consider this Runcamp?

As coaches and fellow runners, we genuinely do care about you. All guests will be offered specified Sparta online coaching advice and support (should you wish to receive it) to get you in the best mental and physical shape “even before you arrive with us”. This is completely optional as we understand, as fellow Spartathletes, even getting to this race takes a level of knowledge and understanding of ultra-running already - we are just merely there to offer advice and to support you from our own knowledge of the race and our own coaching styles we have used to finish this race in previous years. This is completely FREE OF CHARGE to all guests.

Once we meet you at the airport we will make sure that the whole experience with us will mirror the same unique community feel that anyone who spends a week in Greece for the Spartathlon always gets. From the delicious (and nutritious) food, the evenings together, the spectacular run-stop locations, the vibe in the accommodation, the presentations, the heat-training, the unique Mountain Night Run and the special touches already being devised by our creative friends – this will be a rewarding and unforgettable run-based journey

Why Bulgaria?

Nathan & Tori live and run/train here. David works here. You will be supported by our Bulgarian friends who have spent their lives in these mountains + we hope to have several of our friends from the Bulgarian ultra/Spartathlon community joining us. If you haven’t been, the Bulgarian mountains and the low-level town of Bansko are beautiful. The location with its open roads, the plentiful flat countryside routes and roads up the mountain are “just like Greece and just like Spartathlon”. Plus Bulgaria is cheap and easy to get to and once here is fantastic value for money.

We cannot wait to see you – If you have any questions please contact us on