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jez bragg

Jez ran his first ultra run in 2004 at the Marathon of Britain (175 Miles in 6 days). He followed this by the Grand Union Canal 145 Miles Race (32:49) and the West Highland Way 95 Miles Race in 15:44.

2007 was a good year for Jez with finishing 1st at the Anglo Celtic Plate 100km in 7:04. He also ran for Great Britain at the World/European Championship in the Netherlands finishing 18th in 7:03.

Jez’s future races include the Western States 100 Mile in June ’09 and the Commonwealth Championships.

 

Views on the Commonwealth Championships…

 

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

Jez Bragg (JB): It is fantastic to see ultra distance running getting the recognition it deserves by having it’s own Commonwealth Championship. We are all hoping this will be a stepping stone to securing a place in the full Commonwealth Games. It doesn’t get any more exciting than running in an England vest against the best in the Commonwealth.

 

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

JB: The race is on home soil, in one of the most beautiful settings the UK can provide and it is the first time it has been held. These are the perfect ingredients for a great event.

 

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

JB: The setting; running in the Lake District will be superb.

 

Get to know Jez…

 

NK: Most memorable athletic moment…

JB: Setting the West Highland Way record in June 2006. (95 miles, 15hrs 44mins)

 

NK: What is your typical training week?

JB: There is no such thing! It varies a great deal and I feel strongly that variety is the most important thing to keep my training fresh and my mind motivated. Some weeks I will run off road all week - on the trails and hills in Shropshire and the Peak District. Other weeks it will be roads and canals around Warwickshire. I try to train and run based on how I am feeling as opposed to a strict schedule. I know what I should be aiming for, what will make me improve as a runner and have never struggled for motivation so this approach works well for me.

 

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

JB: A road cyclist.

 

NK: Your biggest supporter in your running career….

JB: My dad was my greatest supporter however he sadly passed away in 2006. Now it’s my mum. I think a lot about my dad when I’m running which gives me strength and determination.

 

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

JB: My mum.

 

            Bragg