The 25-year-old Briton from Essex battled against the top athletes on the planet over 12 miles of brutal hills, mud and water, rope climbs, barbed wire crawls, log carries, fire pits and much more last weekend to the Spartan crown.
Covered in mud and bruises, Jonathan crossed the finish line in Vermont (US) to win $15,000, in a time of 3hrs 23mins and 15secs, ahead of runner-up Ryan Atkins (Canada) and third-placed fellow inov-8 athlete Cody Moat (US). The race, which featured live on NBC TV saw 500 Elite athletes compete from around the world.
Q+A with Jon:
How did the race go?
The race went really well to be honest, there was a lot of changing at the front throughout though and mainly at the double sandbag carry where I dropped to third.
Did you get any burpees?
Yes, one set of 30 for falling of the balancing log stumps/beam.
Was it as hard as people make out?
The sheer number of hills and double sandbag carry made it hard – apart from that I found it OK.
Have you trained any differently?
My training routine got completely messed up when I moved to Norway… so I’ve been making a new one. Too soon to reveal yet!
What’s the plan now?!
I have no idea! At the moment I plan to head back to Norway and go for a run with my girlfriend somewhere… Hopefully no one will make me carry a sandbag!
Jonathan said: “I’m really happy with how the race went and that I managed to win against some of the best guys in the world.
“It was the biggest race of my life and an honour to compete alongside the best. I really enjoyed the experience. The win was by no means comfortable and I had to push myself to the limit to get across that line first.”
The Team Inov-8 OCR member and UK Spartan Beast champion recently relocated from the UK to Norway but will be returning to the UK for key races.
Jon, was described as an unknown racer by Spartan Race’s social media team as he charged down World Toughest Mudder Champion Ryan Atkins early on. At the 1.25hr point he was just 5 seconds behind but took the lead from then on.
Sources say that Jon will be offered a lucrative contract to pursue a professional career in Obstacle Racing to continue his winning streak and unbeaten record.
You can see Jon’s UK profile here.