Sunday, 1 May 2011

It’s all over for Mike and the 9bar JOGLE Ultra 2011

With more than five miles left to cover at 11.51pm on the 9th day of ‘The 9bar JOGLE Ultra’, it was time to call it a day on the 61.1 mile stage from Garstang to Tarporley. From the last checkpoint, Mike had slowed to 25 minute miles and would have had a further 2 hours+ to finish.

We are all really gutted for him as he has put in a super-human effort these past few days on minimal sleep to keep to the daily schedule…

In total, he managed a whopping 520 miles in 9 days and is one of the toughest athletes we have ever seen in our events.

Congratulations to Mike for getting the furthest, this year.

All it leaves is for us to say ‘Goodnight’ to everyone from Tarporley and a massive well done to all of the athletes this year - Ben, Graham, Ed, Torkel, Micky, Steve and Mike - who had the courage to take on this year’s 9bar JOGLE Ultra.

Thanks to all of you for your support - see you same time same place next year…

We already have 6 signed up for 2012 so if you are keen to take part please contact us.

Rory and Jen
The ULTRArace Team


  1. Mike,I really feel for you, I know that given the time you would have achieved your goal,to have got up after so little sleep, having already run so far and run the distance,is an immense accomplishment well done.
    Mikes charity is
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    please show your support for his phenomenal achievement :)

  2. Well done Mike. A Herculean effort and a cast iron will. Truly inspiring stuff. You deserved to win but the JOGLE is relentless. It just gets worse and worse. Rest well and i'll hopefully meet you at some race or another. Be proud.

  3. I have really enjoyed following. Mike I have great admiration. have a nice rest

  4. Very well done Mike. Such great effort and strength of mind especially out there on your own for so long. Have a good rest and recovery.

    Neil Bryant's Mum & Dad

  5. Well done Mike, you're made from the fabric of the toughest ones, and one can only have the deepest admiration for you and what you have done.
    I just want to leave you with this very famous quote from Theodore Roosevelt:

    "It's not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or when the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worth cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."

  6. Mike, having got that far is a super human effort, that road is unforgiving,you should be proud of what you have done, Micky

  7. What a read.

    I'm glad I started at the beginning on this one. Its a shame no-one managed to complete it in 2011 but to get as far as you did is still impressive. I've been told that any JOGLE challenge is more about the journey than the destination.

    A group of us are taking the easy (!) route of doing it on 50cc mopeds.

    I look forward to reading about your attempts next year.