From being a shy person afraid of a challenge, the moment he started to say “yes” has completely turned around Jonathan Albon’s life.
A documentary released today on Endurance Sports TV relates how the Brit transformed himself into an adventure-lover who became a world champion in both trail running and obstacle course racing.
In “Finding My Feet”, filmed at and around the Norwegian home of Albon and wife Henriette, he explains: “I think I lived my life off my brother’s thirst for life … because he was really good at good at doing stuff. If he wanted to do something he’d go and do it. He had motorbikes, he wanted to do windsurfing, surfing, He was just the one that was living life and I was too nervous to. “
However, he decided to go with him on a skiing trip, which is where he met his wife to be, who helped show him a new way of living.
“I started living a bit more of my own life and seeing possibilities and started saying ‘yes’, he said. “Because of her I started being completely thrown out of my comfort zone.”
Although he had always been sporty, Albon is a relative newcomer to running. It was hearing about a Tough Mudder event in 2010 that was the introduction. “I really just thought I’ve already started saying along this road of saying ‘yes’ to different things, and I thought ‘why not pick one for myself?’
He went on to become a multiple OCR world champion and last year took victory in the Trail Running World Championships. His sports, which also include the highly technical skyrunning, have allowed him to travel the world.
This year he has taken time out for an operation to fix a long-term problem and is helping Henriette, a former winner of the Scafell Sky Race, with her running.
As he said in the documentary: “I am now a completely different person to the one that was growing up in that small town in England. I think the experiences I’ve had and the races I’ve done and the places I’ve been have just changed me. It’s just completely changed who I am and how I live and it’s made me so much happier than I could ever have imagined.”
Watch the 30-minute documentary at Endurance Sports TV.