VALA ambassador: Guy Ilott
This week we're catching up with VALA ambassador, trail/ultra runner and all around great guy Guy Ilott. We'll be hearing how Guy got into trail running, why he loves it and what his top tips are for anyone looking to get into it. Guy recently completed a challenge to run each day in July for baby loss counselling charity Petals and racked up the equivalent of running 10 marathons throughout the month. Impressive, to say the least!
Hey Guy, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m 32 and based in Oxfordshire. I’m a father and a trail/ultra runner that enjoys getting outside and challenging my mindset.
What inspired you to get into trail and ultra running?
I originally started trail running to help with my mental health, as I had recently at the time asked for help. I was also keen to get outside more and get active.
How long have you been doing it for?
I started trail running in February 2019 and I really set my sights on committing to it on May 2019 with Running Adventures on Exmoor.
What’s your favourite thing about it?
Simplicity, freedom and the challenge both physically and mentally.
Where’s your favourite place to train?
Being on the Oxfordshire/Cotswolds border, I love the local trails and the different terrains on the doorstep. I'm lucky to have some amazing National Trails nearby, such as The Ridgeway, Thames Path and Cotswolds Way.
What keeps you motivated on days when it seems harder than usual?
Family and the privilege of being able to run trails. Tomorrow isn’t a promise - you don’t know what’s around the corner.
Is there a specific athlete in your field that inspires you and what do you admire about them?
Kílian Jornet - Absolute GOAT.
Sean Conway - Love his attitude and spirit of adventure.
Why do you enjoy training using VALA?
I love the flavour of VALA, it’s simple ingredients and it’s real food. Plus I actually know all the ingredients and can spell them!
What does ‘natural sports nutrition’ mean to you?
Clean, simple and easy to have on the move. Natural and real ingredients. What your body needs to keep moving forwards.
What are your top three tips for someone else thinking of getting into your sport?
- HAVE FUN
- Make the start and don’t create reasons not to give it a go. Break it down, start slow and get out the door.
- 1km or 100km - you are a runner. Did I mention have fun?!