UK Team Clif Bar athlete Jonathan Albon began his athletic career at the age of 9 in Great Dunmow England playing skate hockey with his friends. In 2011, obstacle course racing had just emerged in the UK and Jon, hearing of a Tough Guy race being held in the dead of winter, decided to step into the unknown and give it a try. He was successful from the beginning, winning small races that soon became bigger races with more competition. With his huge grin and trademark Ramone's Tshirt, Jon was topping the podium at a majority of the races he entered. Fast forward to 2014, Jon added the title of OCR World Champion and Spartan World Champion to his list of impressive OCR wins. His accomplishments don’t end on the obstacle course. Jon has gone on to compete in several European sky races and most recently won the 2015 Tromsø SkyRace, in what’s being called one of the toughest races in skyrunning history, beating out Skyrunning Ultra Champion, Luis Alberto Hernando and beating the course record by a half hour. Self-described as "freckly, sporty and positive," when Jon is not competing, he can be found out on the Norwegian trails with his new wife Henriette who shares his passion for all things athletic.
What's your full name?
How long have you been competing?
5 years, since 2010
Where do you call home?
Bergen, Norway (but originally from Great Dunmow, Essex UK)
Favorite event or place to practice?
OCR World Championships
Do you have a focus area within your sport?
Running—it's my form of meditation, when I don't think about anything and just clear my mind.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you while doing your sport?
Falling asleep mid race for 30 seconds at a time due to hypothermia.
Any notable recent results?
2014: 1st Spartan World Championships, 1st OCR World Championships, 1st Tough Guy. 2015: 4th Spartan World Championships, 1st OCR World Championships, 1st Tromsø SkyRace
This was the last race of the Toughest Tour. It is a chasing start which goes by your points from previous 2017 races. I started first and built on my 20 second head start to win overall. (Blog & Photos)
OCR World Championships: Held in Canada just one week after the Toughest final I flew out on the Wednesday. There were three races:
3km Short Course:
This was a race I wasn't confident I could win. One mistake will ruin the chances of winning and thats quite some pressure. I gave it my all though and had a clean run. I won... (Blog & Photos)
15km Classic Course:
This is the race I have won three years in a row and suits me far more. especially with some really muddy conditions. I won making it 4 years in a row as OCR World Champion. (Blog & Photos)
This is more of a fun thing and is restricted to just countries. Myself and two other GB athletes made a team. I gave our team a 3 minute lead on my leg! which they lost in the next 1.5km. We finished second behind a team of two USA and one Canadian athletes.
Skyracing Overall series:
As you already know I won the 2017 Skyrunning extreme world series. I had to wait until the final race of the year was over to officially get my rank in the overall series... I won this too! I found out on the same day as the OCR world Championships...so it was quite a day for me. (Blog)