March 8, 2021
We have one of if not the best coach that I have had the pleasure of talking to Martin Cox from Vo2 Max Coaching, he is a world class athlete who has been on the top flight in mountain running for numerous years.
He has rubbed shoulders with some of the best coaches the world has ever seen which along with his own experience in racing is where he learned his skill, his passion for the sport and the athlete’s he coaches shines through in this episode, he is an amazingly interesting guy and there is no doubt in my mind that he could significantly my performance as an athlete.
1984 – Starts running at 10 years old. First competitive road race in 1984, age 14. It was the Huncote Half Marathon, Leicester.
1987 – Began training under Paul Blissett at Leicester Coritanians, coach to distance running legends Craig Mochrie and Phil Makepeace.
1996 – First international vest, 4th place in the Inter-Counties XC, and a debut half-marathon of 64 minutes in Bristol.
1997 – First competitive mountain race, Mt Roy in Wanaka, New Zealand.
1998 – Moved to Chamonix to train and race full-time in the Alps.
1999 – Completed first track-racing season working with renowned distance running coach Arthur Lydiard.
2002 – Wins second World Cup. Finishes 3rd at Sierre-Zinal and 4th in the World Mountain Running Championships.
2003 – First mountain marathon – Graubuenden in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
2005 – First ultra-marathon – The Kepler in Te Anau, New Zealand.
2008 – A career highlight – second place in the Jungfrau Marathon.
2009 – Branching out into the Extreme Sport of Snowshoe Racing.
2010 – First year as a veteran. Wins Inter-counties Fell Running Championships and runs first road marathon in 2 hrs 27 minutes.
2013 – Completes a number of ultras, including the Swiss Alpine Marathon and The Himalayan 100.
2019 – Aged 50. New races on the road and in the mountains, including the Comrades Marathon and Subida Pico Valeta.