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Friday 5: top ultra runner Debbie Martin-Consani

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Ultra runner Debbie Martin-Consani loves big adventures (Image credit: Debbie Martin-Consani)

Scottish ultra runner Debbie Martin-Consani enjoys big adventures and has completed some of the world’s most challenging events, including The Montance Spine Race, Tor des Geants, UTMB (Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc) and Spartathlon.

Debbie, who lives in Glasgow with her ultra running husband Marco Cansani and their son Cairn, has a string of triumphs to her name, too. These include the Grand Union Canal 145-mile Race, where she was first overall, and first female places in the Montane Lakeland 100, White Rose 60, the Thames Path 100, SDW100 and NDW100. 

She has represented Scotland and Great Britain in 100K and 24 hour races, as well as completing a classic long-distance run, the Bob Graham Round.

She is supported by Montane

If you could only keep one item out of all your outdoor gear, which would you keep and why?

My Montane Minimus jacket. It is light enough to run in, but still great for winter conditions and challenging weather.

debbie races in the grand union canal ultra

Debbie is a keen and successful ultra race competitor (Image credit: Debbie Martin-Consani)

What's your pet peeve in the outdoors/adventure space?


Litter, but I guess that’s an obvious and generic one. Inconsiderate parking, too. Why do people travel to walk and enjoy the outdoor space and "need" to park as close as they can?

Debbie enjoys big adventures

Debbie enjoys being amid the hills and mountains (Image credit: Debbie Martin-Consani)

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Debbie is supported by Montane (Image credit: Debbie Martin-Consani)

If you could be instantly transported to the start of any adventure, what would it be, where and why?

The Hebridean Way or the North Coast 500.  I want to explore more of Scotland and these routes are high on my bucket list.

We're sitting round a campfire. Tell us a funny or entertaining story about one of your adventures.

I ran the Grand Union Canal Race, which is 145 miles from Birmingham to London. I tripped and fell in the canal in the middle of the night. That certainly woke me up.

Is there any gear that's on your shopping list at the moment?

I am a big fan of Garmin watches and I am looking at a watch with a better battery life.

Fiona Russell

Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.