Sandra and Richard Brown are the top husband and wife ultra pair in the UK on the basis of their achievements and how long they have been competing. They have been active for nearly 40 years and are still setting records.
Sandra has completed over 204 events of 100 miles or above.....
Husband Richard was persuaded by Sandra to enter ultra events and now has many UK records
Richard and Sandra put back into the sport some of the pleasure and experience they have gained over the years and Richard managed the UK 24 hour running squads for 10 years – taking the men’s team to the World Championship title in 2015.
and so has undoubtedly circumnavigated the world several times! She holds W70 World Record for 24 hour running with 182.6kms in Belfast, the world walking track records at 100 kms (11:17:42), 100 miles (19:00:47), 12 hours (106.180 kms) and 24 hours (194.758 kms). She continues to set world age group records for 100 miles and in some open events comes in before many runners who struggle to keep up with her walking pace!
including 100 miles walking (16 hours 50 mins) and 48 hours running (401 kms). He has held the UK 6 days running(832 kms), and world 835 mile Lands End to
John O’Groats (10 days 2 hrs)and still holds the
world Irish End to End (4 days 12 hrs).
He has won the 100 mile British Centurion race walking championships a record 10 times and twice completed the gruelling Paris to Colmar (now Paris- Alsace) 540 kms racewalk – becoming only the 2nd British man to complete. He continues to set World and British age group records at 6 days running.
Podcast and Stories – Davy Crockett
"The World’s Greatest
Sandra Brown is the world’s greatest woman ultra-distance walker ever, but she was also a world-class ultrarunner and still is for her age-group. In 2018 she was 69 years old and completed eleven 100-milers that year, including some sub-24-hour 100-milers.
Also missing from the original 100×100 list was Sandra’s husband, world-class runner and walker Richard Brown, who delights in being overshadowed at times by Sandra’s accomplishments. They are inseparable and have been married for nearly 50 years. By the end of 2018 Richard had finished 132+ 100+ mile events."
Because they love the countryside and especially the wonderful landscapes and heritage of their home county of Dorset, both Sandra and Richard are passionate about securing National Park status for their area. Dorset was proposed as a possible National Park along with others that went ahead (such as the Lake District, Peak District and Dartmoor) but Dorset missed out. So it is time Dorset was recognised and its special landscapes conserved and enhanced for this and future generations.
You can follow the progress of this campaign at
PURBECK ART WEEKS FESTIVAL
Music has always been an inspiration, and so it is not surprising that Richard has been a Trustee of various music groups and remains a Trustee of the Purbeck Art Weeks (PAW) Festival in Dorset. Sandra also assists at the wide range of events on offer. Both have just about mastered the art of listening to music on their i-pads while on the move!