Nicky Spinks

Nicky Spinks
Personal information
Nationality British
Born (1967-04-22) 22 April 1967
London, England
Residence Yorkshire, England
Occupation Farmer
Country United Kingdom
Sport Running
Club Dark Peak Fell Runners
Updated on 27 November 2016.

Nicola "Nicky" Spinks (born 22 April 1967)[1] is a British long distance runner, specialising in fell running, who set women's records for the major fell running challenges the Ramsay Round, the Paddy Buckley Round and the Bob Graham Round. She is the holder of the overall record for the double Bob Graham Round.

Born in London, she moved to the Peak District while still a child. She is now a farmer in Yorkshire.

Early life

Nicky Spinks was born in London. She moved to Glossop in the Peak District while still a child.[2]

Running career

Spinks began running competitively in 2001 in a 4-mile fell race.[2] Ten years later, in 2011, she set a new women's record of 64 for the number of Lakeland peaks climbed in 24 hours. The old record of 62 peaks was achieved by Anne Johnson in 1994.[3] Spinks also held the women's fastest times for each of the three most famous 24-hour British mountain courses, having set the record for the Bob Graham Round in 2012 at 18:12; 19:02 for the Paddy Buckley Round in 2013; and in 2014, the Ramsay Round in 19:39.[4] She was for some time the only person to have completed each challenge in under 20 hours[4] and held the women's record for each[5] until 2016 when Jasmin Paris broke Spinks's records for the individual rounds and set an overall best combined time of 50:10.[6]

In 2015, aged 47, Spinks attempted to beat Chris Near's overall record for the combined times in the three challenges, when she attempted the Bob Graham in 2015. She needed to complete the circuit in 17:21 or faster, which she was unable to attain but still managed to set a new women's record of 18:06, despite sickness and injury.[7]

On 15 May 2016, Spinks completed a double Bob Graham Round in 45 hours 30 minutes, beating the previous record set by Roger Baumeister in 1979 by more than an hour.[8]

Spinks has won the Fellsman four times[9] and in 2013 she won the Borrowdale Fell Race.[10]

She is sponsored by RaceKit and Inov-8.[2][5]

Personal life

In 2005, Spinks was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a hysterectomy in 2012.[5] She is a farmer in Yorkshire.[7]


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