Your Name: John Stocker
Occupation: Gym Owner
Home Town: Bicester
Twitter Account: @johnstocker5
What is your running background?
I Started running marathons for fun & for charity back in 2006 and has slowly increased from there.
When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?
My First ultra was a 50 miler and it was just to see how far I could push my body and mind.
When or where (at which events) are we most likely to see you?
Challange running, Mud crew & Centurion events.
What are your personal key running achievements to date?
The Thames Ring 250 win 2017, Canal Slam 3rd place & Spine Finisher.
What was your hardest race experience?
Not Finishing the Monarch Way Ultra first ever DNF due to blisters got to 462 Miles. 153 short
What events do you have planned for 2018 up to Spartathlon?
The Arc of Attrition in February, The Highland Fling in April, Monarch Way in May, Snowdon Ultra in June.
What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?
I Would love to say slow and steady but, it normally ends up out quick and hold on tight.
What does a typical training week look like?
Running 10-15 Miles a day, Core and Endurance classes.
What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time?
Enjoy and remember to look up at sometime.
Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?
I never use to enjoy running and use to only do weights in my workouts
Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?
What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?
Meeting other Ultra runners, learning, the atmosphere and running through the mountains of Greece.
What are you not looking forward to during the Spartathlon race?
Hoping the language barrier is too difficult as I don’t speak a word of Greek.
How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?
I have two weeks in Thailand to endure some running in the heat.
Will you be bringing any support crew to the race? (If so, please introduce them briefly).
My support crew is my wife Leanne, who has supported me on all my ultras and knows me well. Also my best friend and van bitch from the spine race Liam Kiely.