Your Name: Jonni Suckling
Occupation: Project Manager
Home Town: Swindon
What is your running background?
Midlife crisis at turning 40. Ran all the ‘Great Runs’ in 2013 (the year of my 40th). Looking back, I can’t believe I went to Scotland for a 5km!! Not sure why I chose running as my middle aged madness….. I should have opted for the convertible.
When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?
On discovering there was more to running than 10k’s and half. I ran my first marathon and Ultra in 2014.
When or where (at which events) are we most likely to see you?
Most probably in the South. Less likely on the bumpy stuff. I trip over anything larger than a pebble.
What are your personal key running achievements to date?
First 100 miler came 2nd.
Any ultra race since then I haven’t got lost. That’s not many.
What was your hardest race experience?
Marathons – hate them. Done 3 – and hated the experience. However still doing London 2019!
What events do you have planned for 2019 up to Spartathlon? (Dates/name of key events)
April – London Marathon
May – West Country Ultra (100 miler)
June – Last One Standing
July – Ham and Lyme. (100k)
August – R86
What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?
My best results are from starting off dead last.
What does a typical training week look like?
40 -70 miles per week. 5 days a week. Mainly a tarmac loop around my house. (Do you realise Strava only records 200 same routes for comparison…..)
What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time?
Go slow. Eat plenty.
Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?
There must be some interesting fact……… Nope.
Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?
What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?
What are you not looking forward to during the Spartathlon race?
How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?
Nothing specific. Mainly running regularly – up the mileage to around 70 miles a week if possible and trying not to get injured.
Will you be bringing any support crew to the race?
Yes. My sister and her partner. Not sure they realise – it ain’t no holiday!