Thomas Ian

Thomas Ian
  • Full Name: Thomas Ian
  • ID: 3725
  • Sex: Male
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Birthdate: 1959-06-19
Mini CV
IT Project Manager from Norwich. Married to Gill - Proposed after Spartathlon in 2015

Lover of running, music, fitness and good health. Started racing in earnest around age 50, initially focusing on 5k to marathons before venturing into Ultra's.

Running Club: Norfolk Gazelles A/C

Key races:

Spartathlon (2015, 2016, 2017) Best - 29:14:36 (2016)
Barcelona 24 hour Track Debut - 6th overall/4th male 218.41km (2016)
Essex 100 mile (2018) 1st overall
GUCR 145 miles (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) Best - 3rd, 27:43 (2016)
Liverpool/Leeds 130 miles, LLCR130 (2014, 2015, 2016) Best - 1st 24:28 (2016)
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

Links:

Blog: https://ultraian.wordpress.com/

Race #BIB C/P Time
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.

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