Former Helena Romanes pupil and obstacle racer sets his sights on million dollar goal

PUBLISHED: 07:54 07 December 2018 | UPDATED: 07:54 07 December 2018

Jonathan Albon competing in America. Picture: SPARTAN RACE

Jonathan Albon competing in America. Picture: SPARTAN RACE


He has leapt over fire pits, jumped off cliffs and been electrocuted, now 100 miles of Icelandic terrain stands between a former Helena Romanes School pupil and a $1million jackpot.

Jonathan Albon competing in America. Picture: SPARTAN RACEJonathan Albon competing in America. Picture: SPARTAN RACE

Obstacle course racer Jonathan Albon, 29, will compete in a final Spartan world championship race, having already won two other obstacle races in the series this year.

If he wins the race this weekend and completes 100 miles within 24 hours, Jonathan will be handed almost £800,000 after a guarantee from the founder of the Spartan race series.

But he says his chances of completing 100 miles in 24 hours are “really slim”, however.

Now living in Norway, Jonathan, who is also a skyrunner, having won two skyrunning world series races, grew up in Dunmow and trained with a Stansted hockey skating club.

Jonathan said: “I’m trying not to imagine the money... the chances are really slim. The winner did 71 miles in 24 hours last year.”

At the weekend Jonathan will face 60 obstacles. Last year’s race saw 60pmh winds, slow and sleet, a far cry from the Flitch Way where Jonathan used to run.

Whilst at sixth form, he worked at Stansted Airport, moving packages, which prepared him for races where he carries 60 kilogram sandbags.

After he stopped skate hockey, Jonathan competed in Tough Guy races; flying over fire pits and wading through water with electrical wires hanging above.

Asked whether getting electrocuted hurt, Jonathan replied: “It depends where...when you get electrocuted in your head you feel it going straight into your brain.”

Jonathan said: “Obstacle racing is a masochistic sport...I’m not saying it’s a dangerous sport, it’s made out to be really extreme, but there’s always a lot of fire marshals and its in a controlled environment.”

Having been a professional obstacle racer for four years, and winning many titles, Jonathan earned between £40-50,000 last year and has no plans to stop.

“There are some races which you can do upwards of 40-years-old. As you get older you get better at other things. Hopefully I am going to be able to run until I am dead.”

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