Jon Moorhouse

Name: Jon Moorhouse

Athletic Background: distance road runner

Biggest sporting achievement to date?: Completing the Lakeland 100 and the Outlaw Triathlon. Both massive achievements for me for different reasons

Favourite workout?: Hilly running, preferably off-road

Least Favourite Workout?: Negative Splits, but I have a love hate relationship here as I now they're good for me

Worst Habit ?: A tendancy to over train and not listen to my body when its shouting for a rest.

Favourite song to train to / motivate?: Depends on the distance I'm training for, anything from rock to deep house.

Something about you that many people do not know?: I tend to train very early whilst other people sleep. As an ultra runner and long distance triathlete, I have to get the hours in and keep a balance with work and family life, so I train in the dark whenever possible.

If you could tell other athletes one thing you have learned so far in your training what would it be?: Make friends with 'difficult'. If you don't experience some level of hardship or difficulty, its not a challenge. You only start experiencing the challenge when it becomes difficult, which makes 'difficult' something to look forward to.

What is your ultimate goal as an athlete?: My goals grow as I do. The London Marathon was my goal, then to learn to swim, then to ride 100 miles, then Ironman, then the Lakeland 100. At each stage I only look one challenge ahead. My ultimate goal might be to go back and do one or two of the longer races really well : Challenge Vichy or Lakeland 50 perhaps.

Favourite Race / Course?: Mallorca 70.3 was pretty exhilarating, my first sea swim and a superb ride.

What's your most memorable racing moment?: Has to be a toss up between finishing my first Iron Distance at Outlaw two hours ahead of my goal and crossing the line at Coniston with my wife Hannah after the ludicrously difficult Lakeland 100 race in 2014. A race in which Hannah basically carried and coaxed me through the last 40 miles

Any unusual race day routines or superstitions?: I always seem to somehow cock up my phone on race day, deleting any music I may have stored. I usually manage a last minute kit change too. I like some solitude, my own space, in the run up to the start, so any pseudo-emergency helps me get away from others.

What race / event / ride is on your bucket list?: I keep thinking about MDS and UTMB, but really I'd like nothing more than to do some mountain-based Ironman stuff where the lakes are cold and deep, the ride is on narrow switchbacks and the run is breath taking. It really does my cap in that the runs at the end of Iron Distance races are 'lappy' and boring.

Swim: Aquasphere

Bike: Giro pointy one

Run: Asics for tri, Hokas for trail

Nutrition of choice: High 5 Isogel, anything more potent hurts my guts. As an ultra runner, I have no problem eating real food whilst racing.

What piece of equipment couldn't you live without?: I love my Ron Hill Trail Tempest Jacket

Twitter: @fourlanerunner