John pares

The pinnacle of John's accomplishments have been representing Wales and Great Britain.

Nothing beats success and John has had about half a dozen ultra victories to his name.

For his future goals there are several races that he wants to do. Ultrabalaton and Spatathlon are high on his list. Also in the plans are a move to Switzerland at the end of the year, and with this he will start doing some challenging races in the mountain.

The next big target for John is the 24-hour World Challenge in Brive, France 2009.



Views on the Commonwealth Championships…


Nadeem Khan (NK):  What were your thoughts on running in the Commonwealth Championships?

John Pares (JP): This was a very special event for me. People from non-Commonwealth countries may not understand, but this is a grouping of independent countries and British dependencies all sharing a common language and at least some history in common. I was proud to participate.


NK: How was this race different from your other international races?

JP: I was representing Wales, not GB. Because of the other races in the championship I was part of a team of about 25 which made for a great atmosphere over the 5 days.


NK: The one thing that you will remember about these Championships…

JP: Standing on the podium at the medal ceremony – I want to do it again! And, of course, Nadeem’s dancing…


Get to know John…


NK: Most memorable athletic moment…

JP: Standing on the podium at the medal ceremony at the Commonwealth Championship.


NK: What is your typical training week?

JP: More than 150km in 8 runs over 6 days. Including one of marathon distance at the weekend.


NK: If you were not a runner, you would be…

JP: I was in fact a rugby union player for many years before taking up rugby – it’s the best team sport in the world. I played hooker and was 25kg heavier than I am now.


NK: Your biggest supporter in your running career…

JP: Les Coathup, the coach from my running club. He doesn’t really approve of ultrarunning but he has helped me to achieve way beyond my expectations.


NK: Who is your first call after a major race?

JP: My wife, Kathy