SOAR Race Team
The SOAR Race Team is our collective of athletes pursuing fast times and podium finishes. Racing globally at distances from 800m to ultras, on track, road, cross-country and trail, these athletes are anything but ordinary.
None are full time professionals, but all race to their max. Juggling the rigors of elite-level training and competition with work and study. Requiring extraordinary discipline, commitment, and faith in the process.
We’re proud to support them as they push their own performance boundaries, they inspire us to keep forging on, and we hope they do the same for you.
Freddy is a professional cyclist by day but a runner by choice. Having competed as a middle distance athlete in his teens and early 20s – earning a scholarship to the prestigious University of Oregon – a series of injuries saw him turn to cycling and discover an aptitude for two wheels as well as two feet. Now running provides Freddy with the chance to switch off, float and enjoy his aerobic fitness and natural talent for joy alone. A passionate fan of the sport and lover of all things running an end of season marathon serves as something of a treat for Freddy. A chance to work towards a target with like minded people without the burden of performance metrics. For 2023 Freddy is targeting the New York Marathon and we’ll be going on that journey with him.
5,000m: 13:46 / Marathon: 2:13:52
A former British Champion over 3,000m indoors Andy has recently turned his attention to the marathon with great success. A debut 2:13 clocking at Manchester 2022 saw Andy ranked 9th in the UK and earned him selection for GB at the European Championships. Though his eyes are now firmly focused on running faster over 26.2 miles, he’s not without serious pedigree over the shorter stuff – boasting PBs of 7:51 and 13:46 over 3,000m and 5,000m respectively, as well as having an English National XC silver medal to his name. When not logging big training miles Andy works in anti-doping and sporting integrity in athletics, sitting on both the UK Anti-Doping Athlete Commission and the UKA Athletes’ Commission.
5,000m: 13:57.76 | 10km 29:19
JEP is a prolific racer and another member of the Race Team vying for the moniker of fastest teacher in the UK. While routinely found racing over distances from 5,000m to the half marathon, Jonathan is not an athlete confined by convention: he once ran 675km solo and self-supported (without phone or wifi) in under 2 weeks on the Camino route between Puy en Velay and Toulouse in France. His penchant for brightly coloured shorts has makes him one of the easier athletes to spot on the UK cross-country circuit. Having clocked sub 14 for 5,000m and 64 for the half in 2022 Jonathan will look to revise his PB’s downwards during a busy summer of racing in 2023.
Half Marathon: 73:21 / Marathon: 2:34:20
Long distance Welsh athlete and senior medallist on road, track and cross country, Anna comes from a sporty family and cites her PE teacher mum as a major inspiration. Encouraged by her fiancé to join a running club, she is relatively new to the sport and her rise has been rapid. Winner of the Manchester Marathon in 2021 she came back to claim her 2:34 PB last year, over a minute inside the Commonwealth qualifying standard for Wales. Anna juggles running with her career as a diagnostic radiographer for the NHS and is shooting for participation in major champs and a sub 2:30 marathon soon.
1500m: 3:40:32 / Mile: 3:59:07
Former footballer Callum only turned his sporting focus solely to running in 2021, and from there things moved fast. Earning an opportunity to race in the US’s NCAA during 2021 Callum’s performance level sky-rocketed. Racing over distances from 800m to 5,000m Calum found a sweet spot at the mile and its metric equivalent, becoming NCAA Division II 1500m champ in 2022. Before the year was out Callum had secured his first senior Great Britain vest – racing as part of the mixed relay team at the European Cross Country Championships. All while bagging a brace of sub-4 miles on the track, one on each side of the Atlantic Ocean.
1500m: 4.31.87 / 5km: 16.43
Clare Elms only realised her talent for running after the birth of her triplets in 2000 but now features at the very top of the national age group rankings from 800m to Marathon. Holder of over 20 GB age group records, she’ll be coming for all the VW60 records in 2 year’s time. Perhaps most impressive is Clare’s parkrun record, she has been fastest female finisher in every one of the 158 parkruns she's completed. Her proudest achievements include winning the Kent County cross country Champs at the age of 47, and the South of England 3000m Champs twice.
Vertical Kilometre: 35.42 / 2nd 2015 World Mountain Champs
Living between Sweden and Italy, British mountain runner Emmie loves elevation. Uphill is definitely her thing (she rarely runs downhill). Emmie would be equally happy on the flat if there were any near her, she wore an England vest as a junior. Winner of the European Mountain Running Championships, second finisher in the World Mountain Running Championships and second fastest ever in the world over the Vertical KM, Emmie also holds the record for the fastest female ascent of Snowdon. In her day job as a freelance writer and photographer, Emmie regularly collaborates with SOAR, producing beautiful imagery and words to articulate our collections.
Half Marathon: 72:08 / Marathon: 2:26:28
Marathon specialist George is an ex-international Duathlete (run-bike-run). While she may come back to duathlon in the future, George has focussed on running in recent years and was selected to represent England in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. George most recently wore her SOAR race team vest in Valencia Marathon to run a rapid 2:26:2, placing her 7th on the all-time UK women’s marathon rankings. When not running, George is based in Cambridge as a technical writer for a medical tech firm.
1500m: 3:40:21 / Mile: 3:57:96
Runner of the first ever sub-4 mile in SOAR kit, Ian’s 3:57 is the fastest mile time amongst the race team. The result of learning his trade in middle-distance hotbeds on the south coast of England and the hills of New Mexico. Originally a specialist over 1500m and its imperial equivalent, Ian is starting to move up to the 5,000m. Strong showings in 2022 saw him feature prominently in the British 5,000m Champs and register a 13:47 clocking for the win at a BMC Grand Prix.
5,000m: 13:43 / 10km: 28:45
PE teacher Jacob’s day job sees him leading lessons a mere stone’s throw from SOAR’s Old Street HQ. Though that’s after he’s logged 10+ miles on the hilly streets and trails of north London, often before daylight has broken. The England international is making a name for himself as a specialist over 5,000m, 10,000m and cross-country. Having first cut his sub-14 minute 5,000m teeth in the NCAA, Jacob has more recently found his racing home in London. With both a 13:47 5km and a 28:45 10km to his name by February in 2023 it looks set to be a blockbuster year for the fastest man in the staff room.
Marathon: 2:25 / South Downs Way 100km: 1st
A man for all occasions. James has won the gruelling South Downs Way 100km Ultra, run a 2:25 road marathon and boasts impressive 67-minute half and 30-minute 10km PB’s to-boot. From parkrun to cross-country, fell races to trail ultras, there’s little that won’t prompt the former Army PT to don his vest and go to the well. When not sating his racing appetite JT can be found logging big miles – and elevation – on the arduous trails of Sussex’s South Downs.
1500m: 3:44:85 / Mile: 4:01:39
2022 English 1500m Champion Josh is a middle-distance thoroughbred. Hailing from England’s south west but now based in London, Josh flourishes at the 1500 and 3000 metres – both indoors and out. When not honing his own form he’s helping others with theirs as a coach to runners of all persuasions. He boasts a sub 30-minute 10km to his name too, impressive for a man so focused on the middle distances, and with so few forays into the longer stuff.
3,000m: 9.04 / 5k: 15.28
Formerly a keen footballer and now an ambitious and determined middle-distance athlete, Kate Holt discovered a talent for running accidentally. A friend secretly signed her up for the cross country team as a joke, telling her the day before her first race. Kate came second, joined City of Stoke running club and has gone on from strength to strength, representing England and GB on a number of occasions over cross country, track and road. Her next goals are to break 9 mins for the 3,000 and break 15.30 in the 5,000m on track.
Half Marathon: 62:57 / Marathon: 2:15
One of our two US based athletes, Great Britain International Matt races out of San Francisco, California, by way of Hertfordshire, England. Having honed his skills as a half and full marathoner in recent years – clocking PBs of 62:57 and 2:15 respectively, as well as a 9th place finish at the London Marathon - Matt still isn’t afraid to drop down and chase fast times. Illustrated by his sub-14 5,000m pedigree and a 3:59 road mile. An employee of Google, Matt can often be found logging mile-upon-mile in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
5km: 14:35 / Half Marathon: 68:03
A fearless and relentless racer, Mo is a stalwart of the London scene on road, track and cross country. There’s no London park, or track, Mo hasn’t trained at. Or training group whose presence he hasn’t graced. Promising to debut at the 2023 London Marathon Mo’s sure to be a crowd-favourite. When not running – or selling running shoes – Mo’s a sometime body-double for a certain British Olympic Champ who shares his first name.
1500: 4:21.28 / 5000m: 16:21.98
Committed racer Pippa is the U20 2022 British Champion for 3000m, 5000m and cross country and has already represented England in cross country, track and road.
With a mantra of you get what you put in, her goal is to make major European Championships and progress well into the seniors. Currently a student of Psychology at St Mary’s University in Twickenham and surrounded by athletes, we’re sure she will.
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