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Jack Oates Athlete Ambassador

by Alexandra Parren

ultra runner Sundried activewear

Jack is a competitive ultra runner who has completed some incredible races. He talks to Sundried about running and his plans for the future.

Have you always been into sport?

Yes, I have always been interested in sport. Growing up I played a serious amount of rugby. 

What made you get into the world of ultra running?

The challenge of the unknown and not knowing if I am able to finish.

What's been your best race to date and why?

When I won the Snowdonia trail marathon as I'd just come back from injury, the scenery was incredible, and it was my first time climbing a mountain.

And your proudest achievement?

Running with my dad for his first marathon at the age of 48 was a really proud moment.

Have you ever had any racing disasters/toughest race yet?

I tend to injure myself a lot which is always tough. One of my biggest racing disasters was during my first ultra when I led all the way until mile 43 but was overtaken with 1 mile to go which was absolutely gutting!

How do you overcome setbacks?

I try to focus my mind on what is coming next or distract myself with something else, then focus on coming back better than ever.

What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

Always race smart; you only win or lose a race in the last mile and that's the only one that counts.

What are your goals for 2020?

The Centurion 50-mile Grand Slam, the Lakeland 50, and running the Giant's Head marathon with my dad.

Who do you take inspiration from?

I take inspiration from my dad and British record-holding ultra runner Steve Way. They have both proven you never know what people are capable of. I also take inspiration from my girlfriend Kelly as she puts up with all the crazy things I do!

What do you like about Sundried and what's your favourite bit of our kit?

The products are such good quality and at an affordable price, plus I love how the activewear works as casual wear too.The Sundried Matterhorn hoodie is my favourite piece from the collection as it's lightweight, warm and comfortable so I wear it for everything, even outside of running too.

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