Congratulations to Jeff McCarthy – our Overall Global RunUltra Blogger Award Winner in 2018

By Kathryn Bullock

Many congratulations to Jeff McCarthy who sent us a great picture proudly holding up his new Suunto Spartan Ultra Sports Watch prize. Jeff is especially thrilled, as he said he’s been thinking of upgrading his Garmin to a Suunto Spartan for a while. 

Jeff was the overall global winner of the 2018 RunUltra Blogger Award for his blog Run, Eat, Repeat  and the UK overall winner. On finding out the news Jeff commented:

Absolutely over the moon with this and the Suunto Spartan Ultra watch arrived this morning so can’t wait to set that up and get using it. What a prize!

Jeff further commented on his blog:

I was incredibly humbled and proud to win the prestigious RunUltra Overall Global Blogger Award 2018 and to retain the Run Ultra UK Blogger Award 2018 …….

An incredible bonus and my first genuinely smart training watch with HR. This is set to open up a whole new area of training and improvement for me in 2018 and beyond. Let’s see how progress goes.

Here’s a tweet from Jeff about his win:

RUNULTRA_Blogger-Award-winner-Jeff-McCarthy-tweet

Also many congratulations to our overall and regional finalists and other regional winners as follows:  Linda Doke (Africa), Josephine Anselin (Asia, Pacific), Dane Rauschenberg (North America).

"I was incredibly humbled and proud to win the prestigious RunUltra Overall Global Blogger Award 2018"

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