James, Quentin and Oliver all grew up together on the Isle of Anglesey.
From their early adventures on the shores of Anglesey and high up on Snowdonia's rugged slopes they ventured
out to climb and explore the greater mountain ranges around the world from the German, Austrian and French
Alps to the Andes, Himalayas and the Hindu Kush.
The Ring O' Fire is supported by family and friends who come from all walks of life. Being past Ring O' Fire
runners, members of the local hiking club or ex-military they all have the intimate local knowledge and
enthusiasm to drive you from check point to check point and across the finish line!
Bing grew up in Rhosneigr on the south west coast of Anglesey and loves the island which will always be home.
Over the years he's been on many adventures around the world, including the summit of Mt Everest in 2007. Aside
from peak bagging and ticking off summits, more recently he has helped set up the first marathon in Afghanistan's
history. This non-profit event is the only mixed gender sporting event in Afghanistan and has brought some very
positive changes to this often misunderstood part of the world.
His own adventures haven't always ended so successfully and you can read up about his US Coast Guard extraction
from the Bering Strait below.
"The Ring O' Fire has been going for over five years now and is more than just a race. With so many friends, family and
returning runners involved it is a very personal event for all concerned. I've always said so long as the runners
keep coming we'll keep the fire burning. I'm pleased to say that as we approach the sixth edition of the race
the fire is burning stronger than ever."
James Bingham, Nov 2016
Quentin from Holyhead, on Anglesey's west coast, has a huge passion for the Island and its rugged coastline. Q loves
wild windsurfing, hard mountain biking, long distance stand up paddle boarding, climbing and mountaineering in the
remote regions of the world.
Giving something exciting back to his home Island spurred Q's interest in organising this tough ultra marathon event.
As a young lad, Oliver spent lots of time exploring the coves, headlands and beaches of the coastal path. Snowdonia
was his playground and his love of climbing and mountaineering has taken him all over the world, mostly with
James and Q!
Oliver's first marathon was on Anglesey and arduous selection courses in the military followed. Free
time is now still spent in the mountains, either on foot, two wheels or skis!
Some further reading and links if you would like to read more:
The Marathon of Afghanistan
The Marathon of Afghanistan takes place in Bamian province, a magical mountainous hidden valley suspended in the midst of the Hindu Kush in central Afghanistan.
Ascent of Afghanistan's highest mountain, Mt Noshaq (7492m). The first British team to summit since the Soviet invasion 40 years ago
The British Mountaineering Council
James and Quentin in a team effort to take on a first winter attempt of Mir Samir, Panjsir valley, Afghanistan.
The Wakhan 400
First 400 kilometre unsupported run through the Wakhan corridor, north east Afghanistan.
Q&A with James at Run Ultra.
The US Coast Guard
News release: Coast Guard rescues two British adventurers stranded in Bering Strait near Little Diomede, Alaska.
The Nome Nugget
Alaskan newspaper article covering an attempt at crossing the Bering Strait.
What do people say about us?
"It was funny because a lot of the racers were surprised that we had travelled all that distance to do a race in Wales especially when we have such great trails near home - but it was well worth the travel and the scenery was equal in beauty but different - something that we can't get at home - and the people aspect of the race is what really threw the race over the top for us as one of the best."
Past Ring O' Fire finisher - from Alberta, Canada