Gregory John

Gregory John
  • Full Name: Gregory John
  • ID: 5112
  • Sex: Male
  • Country: Australia
  • Nationality: Australia
  • Birthdate: 1977-10-11
Mini CV
I began running at roughly 8 years old. I would see my older brothers come in from runs and began to follow their lead.

I first realised that I had running endurance, when my primary school held a charity run/walk at a local park. We were encouraged to get sponsors to commit to donate money per each lap of the field run. I remember that I ran very many laps, it felt like little effort to me and I knew the more laps I ran that the charity money was multiplied with each one.

At about 11 years I won the school cross country race. I was not expecting to win it. That led me to the district race where I placed lower. Not winning felt less enjoyable. I didn't really do any training. The race felt like a hard slog.

Eventually my dedication to running was increased when I had an inspirational coach in high school and a very supportive cross country team.

Through my adult life I kept on running and loved it. I ran my first marathon when I was 40 years old.

This race has a lot of emotion for me, when I remeber when I was 11 years old in my primary school library that I would look at books about ancient greece and the Olympics. It is an amazing feeling to join this new tradition inspired by an ancient legend.

Thames Path 100km Sept 2018: 09:01:45
MARATHON Palma de Mallorca 8-Oct2018. 03:03:47
Moon Run 60km Costa Rica, +2850m accumulated ascent.
8 Dec 2018. TIme- 08:54:15
Race #BIB C/P Time







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.