The team behind endurance sports TV, the TV channel dedicated to endurance athletes and fans, has just returned from Norway filming its latest original documentary with OCR legend Jon Albon ahead of his return to racing.
The crew travelled to Romsdal on the west coast of Norway where Jon and his wife, Henriette, relocated early this year. Here the documentary plans to give a special insight into Jon’s unique approach to elite sport, an approach that has seen him become OCR and Ultra Skyrunning World Champion.
Jon entered the world of competitive running at the age of 20, a little later than most, but has since taken the world by storm. In 2014, Jon won his first OCR World Championship and has remained undefeated at the event ever since, a true legend of the sport.
Making a full-time career from his endurance sport, Jon expanded his racing into extreme running and has twice won the final ranking event of the Sky Extreme Series (2016 and 2017) and was the overall winner of the Skrunner World Series in 2017. In 2018, he became Ultra SkyRunning World Champion before upsetting the favourites to scoop Gold at the IAU Trail World Championships in 2019.
“I’ve always loved Obstacle Course Racing, it’s where it all started, and it still hopds a special place in my heart,” says Jon. “It’s all about endurance, skills, concentration and a great deal of grit. For me, it’s about getting both your body and mind in the right place, at the last OCRWC in November 2019, I just won by seconds, one slip could mean the difference between winning or not.”
The documentary will give viewers a window into the life and training of Jon and his wife plotting their move to their new home in Romsdal and the challenges and recovery he’s faced through a foot operation to repair a foot injury that has been troubling him for a few years. “2020 has been unlike anything else we’ve experienced, with events cancelled, training interrupted, moving home and recovering from the operation – yet we are all positively looking forward and preparing for the return to ‘normality’.”
The makers of the endurance sports TV documentary are also planning to explore Jon’s special approach to sport, training and his role in supporting his wife Henriette. Ross Brackley, the documentary maker for endurance sport TV directing this project, added; “Jon has always had his own way of doing things, and through the documentary we hope to explore Jon’s unique approach to training and sport that is so different, but at the same time so successful.”
endurance sports TV are planning to release this new, original documentary next month and marks the return of original production since the COVID pandemic began. The team at endurance sports TV are also launching a Crowdcube investment campaign to raise further funds for more original programs.