Who is John Melbourne?

Ultra Distance Runner and Coach.

After initially starting running in 2003, simply to lose weight, I have steadily progressed from a 5-hour marathon runner to a seasoned ultramarathon campaigner. I have been fortunate enough to compete in some of the most prestigious races in the world, cumulating in a sub. 30-hour Spartathlon, an annual 153-mile race from Athens to Sparta, in 2018.

Emotions at completing the 153-mile Spartathlon

I live in Tadworth, on the North Downs, in Surrey, with my wife Nellie, two rescue cats and a brood of retired battery hens.

My Experience

I have extensive experience of coaching within senior roles in business and I love being able to transfer these skills to help others achieve their running goals. Running has given me so much back, not just a healthier lifestyle but improved levels of confidence, energy, determination and a renewed love of life.

There is no greater feeling than seeing others improve and achieve things they simply didn’t believe were possible.

John R Melbourne – Ultra Running Coach

Ultra Experience

  • Centurion 100 mile Grand Slam Record Holder
  • Autumn 100 – 3rd place – 15:01 (2019)
  • Surrey Hills Challenge – 38 mile – Winner (2019)
  • South Downs 100 mile – 2nd place – 14:29 (2019)
  • Thames Path 100 mile – 2nd place – 14:58 (2019)
  • Monument Valley Utah 50 mile – Winner (2019)
  • Spartathlon – 4th British Finisher – 29:30 (2018)
  • South Downs 100 mile – 3rd place – 15:56 (2018)
  • Everglades 50 mile – Winner – 06:59 (2018)
  • Downland Challenge 27 mile – Winner (2018)
  • Glossgockner Ultra Trail (2018)
  • Fox Ultra 37 mile – Winner (2017)
  • Zugspitz Ultra Trail (2017)
  • Heroes Ultra Marathon Crete 97 mile – Winner (2016)
  • Endurancelife Exmoor Ultra Plus 45 mile – Winner (2016)
  • Eiger Ultra Trail (2016)
  • Almeria Ultra Trail – 6th place (2016)
  • Maui Oceanfront Marathon – 2nd place – 02:54 (2015)
  • Oslo Marathon – 02:52 (2015)
  • Endurancelife Dorset Ultra Plus 45 mile – Winner (2015)

At my last tally (June 2019) I have completed 53 marathons and 55 ultra-marathons, including 15 race wins & 18 podium places.

Plans for 2020

  • Valencia 50 mile race
  • Music City Ultra – Nashville, Tennessee
  • North Downs Way 153 – FKT attempt
  • Flagstaff to Grand Canyon 100 mile race

If you are looking to improve or compete in a marathon or ultramarathon, I can help you.

Contact me NOW via my Contact Form