The McCarkissendurance Project is a group that was set up by Richard Simkiss and Chris McCarthy to promote competitive distance running in the UK. The club grew over 18 months and in early 2015 gained affiliation to Athletics.
Before it all got serious, however;
The ‘Project’ began with what was essentially a blog detailing the daily training of two self-indulgent, egotistical and distinctly average runners and their impossible quest to be slightly less average.
In 2013, we wrote
The McCarkissElite Project is a group that was not created by the athletic shoe company Nike, in 2001, to promote American long distance running. The athletes that partake in this program are of an average caliber, which can be attributed to their lack of elite coaching, revolutionary training and non use of air thinning technology.
The runners don’t live and train in Portland, Oregon near Nike’s headquarters, instead opting for Warwickshire. None of the runners in this group live in a specially designed house where filters are used to remove oxygen from the air to simulate that the athlete is living at high elevation. Numerous studies have shown that living at altitude causes the athlete to develop more red blood cells, increasing athletic performance.
In addition to this, special software is used to monitor electrodes attached to the athletes, determining what condition they are in and how far or fast they can train. None of that happens either. Nor do they use underwater and low-gravity treadmills, instead opting for five day trial passes at various local LA Fitness gyms.
They also have no collaboration with Colorado Altitude Training (CAT) for use of their hypoxic training equipment.
The original line up….
Warwickshire County 10 Mile Champion
Warwickshire County Half Marathon Champion
Warwickshire Road Race League Winner
Warwickshire County XC Team Member
5th Cheshire XC Championships
2nd Warwickshire Ten Mile Championships
Titles: Market Harborough 5, Weedon 10k, Worcester Pitchcroft 10k, Droitwich Half Marathon
Runner up EMGP Road Race Series
Cheshire Team Member V North Wales
3rd in the English Half Marathon
Titles: Bristol Bitton 5k
Titles: Moreton in Marsh 10k