Understand Pain
Richmond Stace co-founder of UP running for #upandrun

upandrun is a project to raise the awareness of the global problem of pain

‘ultrarunning to understand pain and share hope’

Ultrarunning is also my laboratory to investigate pain, the embodied mind, nature and how they interact. The tools and practices that I learn and use to keep going and overcome tough moments are those that can equally be applied in day to day life.

Richmond’s ultramarathons so far…

2021 series

  • Green & Blue Sussex ~ Mar
  • Sights of Sussex ~ Feb
  • Lewes-Newhaven-Brighton ~ Jan

2020 series

  • Christmas in London ~ Dec
  • Double header Pt 2 ~ Saturday: North Downs Guildford to Oxted ~ Nov
  • Double header Pt 1 — Friday: South Downs to Arundel ~ Nov
  • Birthday ultra: South Downs and on to Hastings ~ Oct
  • North Wales Coastline ~ Sept
  • Home to Guildford and back ~ Aug
  • Sussex to Surrey ~ July
  • To Tower Bridge and back ~ June
  • The 3 Parks ~ May
  • Round the block for the NHS ~ raising money for Kingston Hospital; read here ~ Apr
  • Table Mountain, South Africa ~ Mar
  • Gloucester to Bath ~ unsupported 90k Feb
  • The London Round ~ 12 summits of the capital 80K Jan

2019 series

  • Brighton Marathon
  • Isle of Wight Ultrachallenge 106K
  • London to Brighton Ultrachallenge 100k
  • Home to Hampton Court to The Thames Barrier 64k
  • Race to the Stones 100k in July
  • North Downs Way: Farnham to Betchworth 50k
  • South Coast Challenge 100k (Sat 29th Aug)
  • Snowdonia Maverick Series September
  • North Downs Way loop 90k Wye to Wye October
  • South Downs trails 50k November
  • Hampton Court to Henley on Thames 76K December

UP exists to improve lives and society

Snowdonia 2019


Running casually for many years, it was in 2015 that I started to take it a bit more seriously. The opportunity to run a half marathon arose in 2016 when I was offered places in the Royal Parks Half for UP. Soon after I ran the London Marathon for UP and CRPS UK, fully intending to resume casual running. However, something happened that meant not only did I not stop, but I became increasingly curious about how far I could run. I was strangely attracted to the idea of ultra running despite not having much of an inkling, except that it meant running a long way.

Now running is just part of what I do, for which I am truly grateful. There are many reasons why I run. But in terms of a purpose or cause, UP is a great driver and motivator.

Why run? Because I am curious

Running + UP = #upandrun

UP ambassador

UP Ambassador Chris Peskett
Chris Peskett

Sponsorship and partners

To help us build the story and reach as many people as we can across the UK and further (the globe!), we want to partner up with like-minded businesses and organisations who share our vision of improving society and people’s lives. If you are interested in talking to us, please get in touch: richmond@specialistpainphysio.com

There are three main areas:

  • Can you provide sponsorship for:
    • The runs (including entry, travel, accommodation)
    • Kit
    • Workshops (including travel, room hire).
  • Can you help by supplying running apparel and kit?
  • Can you help us gain more media exposure?

By sponsoring and partnering your contribution is an important part of the growing story. The exposure that we gain will be yours to gain as we work together to make a social impact upon the No1 global health burden that is pain.

Big thanks to existing sponsors



Thanks to Pursu for sponsoring the ultramarathons, delivering my nutrition with the delicious bars!

Thanks to Fancy Running who have provided me with the Trail Life shirts:

SPP-LOGO copy 3

Specialist Pain Physio Clinics

A proportion of the fees paid by clients to the clinic goes into the #upandrun project so that we can build and improve as many lives as possible across the globe.