Jon grew up near London and worked as a building surveyor in his early twenties. With no background in athletics, he was never meant to become a professional runner. Yet in the past years, he has won multiple world titles in obstacle course racing and trail/sky running. All whilst being self-coached.
Jon has always published his training through Strava, citing his desire to make everyone better rather than hold back key sessions and activities that could help others improve. He is now taking this mission one step further, seeking to pass along the skills and knowledge gained from a decade of training and racing by offering personal 1:1 online coaching.
At the centre of his coaching philosophy is the idea that training must match the individual, which in turn requires the athlete to better understand how to train and how their body responds to training. Honest guidance from Jon combined with close collaboration between coach and athlete will help you discover a training regime better suited to your needs.
Are you interested in learning and applying Jon’s training ethos to reach your own athletic potential? Drop him an email at Albontraining@outlook.com and he will be in touch to discuss in more detail.
“Obstacle course racing is a relatively young sport and it is my belief that no athlete or coach has found the most effective way to train for it. I have now been competing in obstacle racing for 10 years and have seen it change from a hypothermic ice-breaking sufferfest in the UK to the cleaner more technical international sport it is today. I have also won the majority of events along the way. If anyone has the experience and knowledge to help you reach your OCR goals, it’s me.”
“Growing up in Essex and working in London didn’t offer me the ideal training environment to become a skyrunner. Through not only hard work and dedication but thinking outside the box, I built the base making me the runner I am today. Sure, I moved to Norway…but was already winning mountain and fell races before then. I believe it is possible to get strong and fast in the mountains without living near them and I will teach you how.”
“For me, enjoyment has been the key to long-term success. Running smooth in natural terrain is a hard skill to master, but one that comes with far greater rewards. Not only will trail running make you a stronger and more resilient athlete, it will also allow you to explore new places and immerse yourself in nature.”
“It’s no surprise that Jon Albon has a massive warehouse of experience and knowledge when it comes to Sky Running, trail running and OCR. But beyond that, the training plans he creates are highly personalized and fun. Jon posts lots of useful videos and is readily available for consultation and questions. Maybe even more importantly, he’s consistently supportive and positive, which is a huge advantage when tackling challenging new training. The net result is that despite years of training, I’ve never felt more energized or progressed so much in so many areas. I honestly feel incredibly fortunate to train with Jon.”
“After working together with Jon for 5 months I’m now in better shape than ever before. I’m faster, stronger and an overall better athlete. I have a lot more knowledge about programming, different workouts and their purpose, periodization and how to design a good program. What I found especially valuable with Jon’s approach is the adjustments made to the program to fit me and my need, all depending on my current status, when the coming races are etc. I can strongly recommend Jon as a coach.”
“Jon Albon is the kind of coach that will teach you how to fish so you can eat for a lifetime vs the coach who just catches you a fish. Jon gave me the tools and continues to give me the tools to succeed at the highest level.”
“Jon has helped me to more fully understand the power of cross training and how to incorporate it into my training plan. This has been greatly helpful for a runner like me that has never had the biggest mileage history.”