Mark and fellow Welsh actor Richard Harrington are both running the infamous Sahara stage race - which bill s itself as the 'toughest footrace on earth' and raising money for Leukaemia Lymphoma Research.
We were delighted to welcome Konrad Bartelski - Britain's most successful ever downhill Alpine racer, with a 2nd place World Cup finish to his credit - into Profeet yesterday.
Another more recent Olympian to visit was Jenny Jones, who came to Profeet before her bronze medal winning visit to Sochi 2014.
Last night Gary Dalton and Allan Rumbles came into Profeet to share their experiences of taking part in the gruelling Spine Race last month.
In the Spine Race competitors have 7 days to complete 268 miles of the entire Pennine Way from Edale to Scotland. There are five checkpoints with the longest section between them around 60 miles.
All five races for this year's Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc event were oversubscribed - with even more applicants this year than previously.
Twice as many registrations as places available
Places awarded 7500
Nations represented 77
France in the minority
It is the first year in which there are more foreign than French runners
Other Nations 52%
The Top 5 Countries (all races)
Great Britain 6%
The next most represented nations are Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and the United States.
The Top 5 Countries (UTMB)
Great Britain 8%
NB China has increased its participation from 7 (in 2013) to 39
77 nations participating (all races)
Algeria; Andorra; Argentina; Australia; Austria; Belarus; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Brunei; Bulgaria; Cambodia; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Croatia; Czech Republic; Denmark; Egypt; Equator; Estonia; Finland; France; Gabon; Germany; Greece; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Ireland; Island; Israel; Italy; Japan; Kuwait; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxemburg; Macedonia; Malaysia; Morocco; Mauritius; Mexico ; Montenegro; Nepal; Netherlands; New-Zealand; Niger ; Norway; Paraguay ; Peru; Philippines; Poland; Portugal; Romania ; Russia; Saint-Marino; Serbia; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; South Africa; South Korea; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Thailand; Turkey; Ukraine; United Kingdom; United States of America; Uruguay; Venezuela
Great line-up of elite athletes
317 runners (male and female) in the Elite category (‘potential top 10’ according to the International Trail Running Association) are registered, of whom 145 take part in the UTMB®.
In 2013, just 10% of the field were women. In the OCC more than 25% racing are women. Only 8% of the UTMB® racers are women.
Still running at over 70 years old
Over 70s registered for the OCC 10
Over 70s registered for the UTMB® 4
New race – the OCC – also oversubscribed
Places Available 1000
Profeet partner DBA Sports has been building quietly in the last six months.
The creation of Storm Trentham, DBA Sports focuses on apparel, events, athlete management and motivation.
They are now in the final phase of launching the apparel range and are looking for financial support for the final phase for launching and marketing the brand.
Storm takes up their story herself:
"This is an opportunity for you to be personally involved in the start-up of an innovative new sports brand. Please watch this short Kickstarter link to see what DBA Apparel is about."
"We already have 12 international athletes endorsing the brand and a huge interest has been generated for pre-orders."
We can hardly believe it’s been four years since Profeet started to stock the crazy new concept of the Hoka running shoe.
It’s fair to say that at the time it was for a very niche group of people, especially as the brand only had a one shoe offering.
We also found that the general consumer was simply not ready or brave enough to give them a go despite their obvious comfort. In fact the term ‘clown shoe’ was quite regularly heard but it seems they are a joke a no more.
To help you make sure you are watching when the Brits take part at Sochi 2014, we've compiled the following cheat sheet covering all the events which feature British skiers and snowboarders.
Go Team GB!
You may already have heard of The Spine Race - it's almost certainly the most demanding mountain marathon in the UK.
Competitors have 7 days to complete the 268 miles of ice, snow and cold. It takes in the entire Pennine Way from Edale to Scotland, with five checkpoints. The longest section between check points is around 60 miles and takes 22-30 hours on average.
In case you missed it this is a great article that appeared recently in Absolutely Magazine.
As Edwina Langley puts it:
"If you've not been to Profeet yet, you're doing your feet a disservice. Put your best foot forward (!) and get down there."