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25Feb 2017

UTMBŪ Races Seminar

25th February 2017, Chartridge, HP5 2TU

1 day

UTMB® Seminar 2017 - Helping you succeed in the Alps

One Day, five incredible speakers, helping you to succeed with ultra running in the toughest conditions!

UTMB Seminar 2017 - 5 Expert Speakers

The XNRG UTMB® Races Seminar aims to share as much information as possible from experienced UTMB® competitors to enable more people to complete the event. If you're entered into any of the UTMB® races – UTMB®, TDS®, CCC®, OCC®, or thinking of entering, then this event is for you.

Join us for a day of UTMB® experts sharing their knowledge, experience and tips for the biggest ultra trail race week of the year! 

This is an event specifically aimed at helping you maximise your potential to finish your UTMB® race – UTMB®, TDS®, CCC® or OCC®. With more than 50% of Brits not finishing the event they start in UTMB® week, we want to help by making sure they have the right knowledge on preparing, the right kit and most importantly the right expectation when heading to the Alps for the UTMB® races. 

The XNRG UTMB® Races Seminar aims to share as much information as possible from experienced UTMB® competitors to enable more British people to complete the event. If you're entered into any of the UTMB® races – UTMB®, TDS®, CCC®, OCC®, or thinking of entering, then this event is for you!

Event Details

Date: Seminar 25th February 2017
Location: Chartridge Conference Centre, Chartridge, Chartridge Ln, Chesham HP5 2TU
Travel: Chesham is at the end of the Metropolitan Line. Roughly 4 miles by taxi to conference centre
By car from the M25 or M40 or M1.
Cost: £60 a ticket


0900 – Registration Opens
0930 – Coffee
1000 – Introduction to the Event by Neil Thubron
1015 – It’s all in the mind: Programming your mind for success – Neil Thubron
1045 – Questions
1100 – Nicky’s Story: Preparing, Training, Racing the UTMB – Nicky Spinks
1145 – Questions
1200 – Lunch
1245 – Welcome back from lunch – Neil Thubron
1300 – Why I love UTMB: Damian Hall
1345 – Questions
1400 – Pack right not light: Colin Barnes
1445 – Coffee
1500 – Robbie’s Race Week and Race Plan: focus on arrival in Chamonix, getting ready for and going through the race – Robbie Britton
1545 – Questions
1600 – Panel Q & A: Open forum to ask questions to the speakers
1645 – Wrap and Close
1700 – End


  • Robbie Britton
  • Damian Hall
  • Nicky Spinks
  • Neil Thubron
  • Colin Barnes

Topics to be covered

  • Understanding the events, understanding the Alps
  • Preparing for the events – physically, mentally, emotionally
  • Kit required – “pack right not light”
  • What to expect when you arrive in Chamonix or Courmayeur
  • Pre race prep
  • Racing – what to expect enroute
  • How to handle the tough times – physical, weather, fatigue, sickness etc
  • Help for supporters – how to get around, how to support your competitor

About our speakers

Robbie Britton

Robbie is a Team GB Ultra Runner who has moved to Chamonix, France to fully get to terms with the UTMB® and all of the twists, turns and ups and downs in order to be competitive on the Continent. Robbie is also a Ultra Running Coach, has raced across the Alps and has coached runners to finish all of the UTMB® races, except for the PTL®. Robbie's results:
- 3rd World 24hr Running Champs 2015 - 261km
- 1st & CR Ice Ultra 2016
- 1st & CR Trail du Velan 2016
- 11th CCC® 2016

Colin Barnes

Colin has 12 years experience from the military which he gained before going into operations management and subsequently myRaceKit. His mental strength is extraordinary and he enjoys tackling long and challenging races. However he also thoroughly enjoys coaching beginners and is frequently seen at the running club sessions coaching the "Couch to 5km" programme! Colin has completed the Marathon des Sables twice, the UTMB®, the TDS®, the Grand Union Canal Race (3 times), the Ring O' Fire, many 100 milers and additional ultras and road races. His discipline and mental toughness are his key strengths. Colin is a certified Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) with UK Athletics and an instructor in Nordic Walking.

Damian Hall

Photo Credit: Flash Sport 

Outdoor journalist and GB ultra-trail runner Damian Hall has finished on the podium at the Spine Race, the Dragon’s Back Race (fifth overall) and the 2016 UK Ultra Trail Championships. In May 2016 the Inov-8 ambassador set a Fastest Known Time for the 630-mile South West Coast Path of 10 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes. He's completed UTMB® twice, finishing 31st and 19th, and intends to return in 2017. "It's replaced the Spine Race as my number one obsession," he says. "I thought doing it twice would be enough. But the idea of it happening without me, makes me feel ill."

Neil Thubron 

Neil has completed UTMB® twice and TDS® once. The Founder and Director of XNRG, he was introduced to extreme fitness events during his 12 years in the Territorial Army where he completed some of the toughest challenges the British Army has to offer. 

He loves endurance activities and is a firm believer in constantly pushing personal boundaries. Neil has competed in many endurance events over the years from marathons, to Ironman to multistage multi-sport events such as the Marathon Des Sables. 

Neil's passion for extreme endurance events was the driving force behind setting up Extreme Energy. He aims to enable people to challenge themselves and break through their mental and physical barriers. 

Neil's latest endurance event was the Yukon Arctic Ultra. Advertised as 'The world's coldest and toughest ultra!' He entered the 300 mile event and finished first, testament to his competitive spirit. 

Nicky Spinks

Nicky finished the UTMB® 11th Lady (131th overall) in 32.32 hours.

She first did the Bob Graham round in 2005 in 23.33 hours. Not finding it too hard she looked at the Paddy Buckley round. A month later Nicky got breast cancer, however she had unfinished business on the Paddy and throughout treatment continued to recce and train. It was hard. Nicky completed the Paddy in May 2007 in 23.55. To complete the “Big Three” she needed the Charlie Ramsay round and spent a year reccying and getting fitter. The effects of the cancer and operations left me and I got stronger and faster. When I completed in May 2008 I actually enjoyed it and flew round in 22.32 hours. 

Nicky had a break from rounds in 2009 and 2010 to do a couple of 100 mile Ultras and between 2012 and 2014 Nicky completed all the rounds again – getting the records for each!

In 2016 Nicky wanted to do something hugely special to celebrate surviving cancer for ten years, and completed the Double Bob Graham in May in a time of 45.30 hours before doing the UTMB®.