Thomas Ian

Thomas Ian
  • Full Name: Thomas Ian
  • ID: 5883
  • Sex: Male
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Birthdate: 1959-06-19
Mini CV
Retired Project Manager from Norwich, England. Married to Gill - Proposed after Spartathlon in 2015

Enjoy running, music, wine, fitness and good health. Started racing in earnest around age 50, initially focusing on 5k to marathons before venturing into Ultra's in 2013. Now age 63 and never want to stop running this epic race! 2022 was my seventh consecutive Spartathlon finish.

A very memorable experience in 2020 was running SpartathlOFF (an informal version of the cancelled Spartathlon) and arriving in Sparta to a wonderful welcome with my great friends James Ellis and Ektoras Agathokleous.

Kissing the foot of Leonidas took on greater significance in a year where Covid 19 threatened the legacy of John Foden. I felt truly privileged and honoured to be a part of keeping the dream alive and the Spartathlon flame burning!

Key races/achievements

Spartathlon (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 2021, 2022) Personal Best - 29:14:36 (2016) 1st British Finisher and oldest ever Brit to go sub 30 hours. In the 2019 event I was happy to become the fastest ever British V60 Finisher. Currently the oldest Brit to have completed Spartathlon.

I am happy to currently hold the AG V60 All Time Best British Performances for the foĺlowing distances (Track)

50 miles - 7:27:18
12 hour - 122 km
100 miles - 16:47:37

Other key races:

Athens 24hr (2019) - 4th overall, 216km
Gloucester 24hr (2021) - 3rd overall 205km
Gloucester 24hr (2019) - 3rd overall, 203km
Crawley 6hr (2021) - 4th overall, 71.302km
Barcelona 24 hour Debut (2016) - 6th overall 218.41km
Essex 100 mile (2018) 1st overall
Belfast 24hr/Energia (2018, 2019)
GUCR 145 miles (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) Best - 3rd, 27:43 (2016)
Liverpool/Leeds 130 miles, LLCR130 (2014, 2015, 2016) Best Position - 1st 24:28 (2016) Best Time 24:07 (2015)
Thames Path 100 (2014, 2015, 2016)
Centurion Grand Slam 2014 (4 x 100 milers) 6th
North Downs Way 100 (2013, 2014)
Thames Ring 250 (2013)

Marathon PB: 2:57:35




Race #BIB C/P Time
2022 167 Finish 34:12:29
2021 106 Finish 34:19:37
2019 15 Finish 33:18:47
2018 155 Finish 34:52:35
2017 218 Finish 33:32:45
2016 248 Finish 29:13:31
2015 165 Finish 31:32:38

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Described as the world's most grueling race, the Spartathlon runs over rough tracks and muddy paths (often it rains during the race), crosses vineyards and olive groves, climbs steep hillsides and, most challenging of all, takes the runners on the 1,200 meter ascent and descent of Mount Parthenio in the dead of night.
This is the mountain, covered with rocks and bushes, on which it is said Pheidippides met the god Pan.

Spartathlon is the event that brings this deed to attention today by drawing a legend out of the depths of history. The idea for its creation is belongs to John Foden, a British RAF Wing Commander. As a lover of Greece and student of ancient Greek history, Foden stopped his reading of Herodotus' narration regarding Pheidippides, puzzled and wondering if a modern man could cover the distance from Athens to Sparta, i.e. 250 kms, within 36 hours.