Jack Gray first jumped onto the FastRunning headlines because of a ghost run, but since then has regularly featured in the weekend round-up for all the right reasons.
Always someone to take on a race from the gun, we love his down-to-earth attitude and that the Cambridge & Coleridge man isn’t afraid to put his goals out there for all the world to challenge. We also think his first Fast10 blog should be solely about the story listed under “Fun Facts” below.
Name: Jack Gray
Age (Jan 2020): 26
Club: Cambridge and Coleridge
Main discipline: 10km
Other disciplines: 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Cross Country… I love it all to be honest.
Full-time athlete/work/studying: Full-time transport planner.
Goals or targets for 2020
1) Qualify for the World Half Marathon Championships and break 63 minutes;
2) Debut in the marathon;
3) Run 28:30 for 10km; and,
4) Become a national champion.
Past Running highlights: competing for GB at the Night of the 10,000m PBs, and becoming the England Champion of the Roads in 2019.
Jack celebrating being fast at parkrun.
Interesting or fun fact: I once had to run a sub 15min 5km to evade a pack of dogs in rural Ukraine, fuelled by fear, vodka and cured horsemeat.
I run because: I love the thrill of competitive sport, and the sense of camaraderie and sportsmanship that the running community is blessed with.
Favourite training session: 5 x 5 min hill reps (2 mins recovery).
Least favourite training session: anything that involves really short reps and long recoveries, and me desperately trying to hold off 15 year old speed merchants.
Favourite pre-race food: Porridge.
Favourite post-race food: Haddock and chips.
Favourite runner or runners: Marc Scott. He’s bloomin’ fast, but he’s down to earth and a lovely lad.
Brands or organisations that support me: HOKA ONE ONE shoes 2020.