About

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MDS 2016, Photo by Ian Corless

My name is Elisabet Barnes. I am Swedish, but I have lived in the UK since 2007. I am an ultra endurance runner and I particularly like stage races. I work as a running coach and I co-own myRaceKit, a specialist shop for multi-stage racing equipment.

Sports and outdoor activities have always been important in my family. My grandfather, Alvar Kjellström, was a talented cross-country skier and orienteer and founded the compass manufacturer Silva. My uncle, Jan Kjellström, also a skilled orienteer, helped accelerate the development of orienteering in the UK before a tragic road traffic accident took his life in 1967. There is still a yearly orienteering festival in his memory called the JK Trophy.

Growing up in Sweden I did a lot of cross-country skiing and long distance ice skating from a young age. I also accompanied my dad on countless bird watching outings although I never developed the same love and passion for birds as he had…

From the age of 10 through my teens I found a love for kayaking and I competed at national junior level before turning my interest to music for a few years. I started running in my late teens and did my first Marathon in Stockholm in 2002 and a few more soon followed. For a few years I didn’t run much since a demanding work schedule got in the way but in 2010, after my father suddenly passed away, I decided it was time to change priorities. I ran my first ultra-marathon in 2011 and many have followed since.

I am passionate about health and wellbeing and I love helping people take up habits that will improve their health, fitness and quality of life. As a running coach I work primarily with people who want to take up stage racing such as the Marathon des Sables but I love supporting runners of all abilities.

Brief running CV

2016

2015

  • Oman Desert Marathon 165km / 6 stages: 1st Woman / 7th overall / 3rd European overall (18 hrs 37 min)
  • Clif Bar 10 Peaks Brecon Beacons 58km / 3200m ascent: 1st Woman (new course record)
  • Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls Costa Sur 85km: 1st Woman / 7th overall 9:02:30 (new course record)
  • London Marathon: 2:59:13
  • Marathon des Sables: 1st Woman / 20th overall (26:42:13)
  • XNRG Pilgrims Challenge 66 miles: 1st Woman 9:56:47 (new course record)
  • Go Beyond Country to Capital 45 miles: 1st Woman 5:37:06 (new course record)

2014

  • Clif Bar 10 Peaks Brecon Beacons short course: 2nd Woman
  • Centurion North Downs Way 100 miles
  • Grand Union Canal Race 145 miles 2014: 37:45 (happy just to finish!)

2013

  • Centurion South Down Way 100 miles
  • Boston Marathon: 3:08
  • Essex Championships: 2nd Woman

2012

  • Norfolk Coastal Ultra 100km: 2nd woman
  • Ring O’ Fire 131 miles: 1st Woman
  • Marathon Des Sables: 15th Woman

2011

  • Norfolk Coastal Ultra 100km
  • 50 Mile Challenge: 1st Woman / 2nd overall
  • Lidingö Ultra 50km: 4th Woman

Key Marathons (PB 2:59:13)

  • 4 x London Marathon
  • 5 x Stockholm Marathon
  • 2 x Berlin Marathon
  • Edinburgh Marathon
  • Boston Marathon

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