John Volanthen

About John 

Your Name: John Volanthen

Occupation: Internet Engineer

Home Town: Bristol

Runners Questions

What is your running background?

Have first walked, then run marathons for 25 years, and being doing longer for 4 or 5 now.

When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?

I was interested to see what running more than 26 miles felt like

When or where (at which events) are we most likely to see you?

+1 for centurion events,

What are your personal key running achievements to date?

I seem to manage to have fun a lot, usually early on in the race.

What was your hardest race experience?

Nailsea 10k 🙂

What events do you have planned for 2015 up to Spartathlon? (Dates/name of key events)

SDW50 in April, GUCR in May, & RTTS in July.

What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?

Go out too fast & regret it later.

What does a typical training week look like?

Very variable

What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time?

Walk lots – everyone does it, but nobody talks about it.

Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?

I’ve probably done a lot more caving than running – and it shows.

I’m easy to find on the Internet due to unusual surname.

I struggle to take anything seriously.

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Spartathlon Questions

Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?

No