martin fryer

Martin has been a regular at international ultra events. His major accomplishments include a 233 km run at the IAU 24hr World Challenge in Taipei (2006) finishing 11th and a 247 km run at the IAU 24 hr World Challenge (2008) finishing 10th.

He has also won the Australian 48 hr National Championship in 2008 and several Australian Ultramarathon events including the epic Coast to Kosciusko 240 km race. 

Martin’s future goals include a 400 km plus run at the Surgeres 48 hr race in France (2009), Commonwealth Championships in September where he will try to run 250 km plus, a sub 27 hr run in the Coast to Kosciusko in December and try to get 900 km plus in a 6 day race in 2010. 


Views on the Commonwealth Championships…


Nadeem Khan (NK): What are your thoughts on running in the Commonwealth Series?

Martin Fryer (MF): I see the Series as an exciting opportunity to not only represent my country in the 24 Hour event but also to see the Mountain Running and 100K athletes in action. I hope the Series will bring out the best in Commonwealth athletes.


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

MF: Most of my international races have been in non-English speaking countries, so this will make a nice change. This race will be quite different for several reasons. Firstly, the incredibly strong 24h teams from countries like Japan and France will not be there. Secondly, the 24h race is combined with Mountain Running and 100K at the same Championships, unlike the IAU races.


NK: The thing you are most looking forward to at the Championships…

MF: I’ve always wanted to visit the Lakes District so this is a golden opportunity to do so. 


Get to know Martin…


NK: Most memorable athletic moment…

MF: Achieving a top ten finish in the 2008 World 24 Hour Championships in Korea with 247.187K, a big improvement in my Personal Best distance for 24h.  


NK: What is your typical training week?

MF: Total distance for the week ranges anywhere from 80K to 160K. Typically, each week contains one long run beyond 35K plus quite a few runs of 20 to 25K or so, and at least a few harder paced short sessions each week.


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

MF: Continuing my skydiving adventures. Running training spelt the end of my skydiving days after a skydiving career of 880 jumps over 20 years. 


NK: Your biggest supporter in your running career…

MF: My wife Lynn and my son Luke. They selflessly give me the time and support required to chase my indulgent running goals.


NK: If you could train with a marathon celebrity, who would you pick?

MF: Haile Gebresellasie. The only problem is that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with him for much longer than a minute or so at his marathon pace of sub 3 min/K!