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Ian Sharman

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Ian has been racing around the world in all formats of event since 2005 and coaching since 2010, having run 100 ultras and almost 150 road or trail marathons (PR: 2:21) in every type of weather and on all terrains. He's won over 50 marathon+ races with experience of running in many mountain ranges, including the Himalayas, Andes, Rockies and European Alps. He also holds the fastest time in a trail 100-mile race by a Brit (12h44m), the record for the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning (69h49m), has won the USATF 100-mile trail championship twice and is a four-time Leadville Trail 100 Champion. Ultra Running Magazine has voted him as high as 2nd in its annual Ultra Runner of the Year rankings and 4th= in Ultra Runner of the Decade.

He has trained hundreds of runners for virtually every type of endurance running event using knowledge from NASM and as a certified USATF coach. This includes elites like Magda Boulet and Ellie Greenwood, but mainly runners in the middle and back of the pack.


Some example races he's experienced, and can therefore help you to train for with course-specific knowledge, are:


- Grand Slam of Ultrarunning (record holder)

- 9x Western States Endurance Run 100 top 10 and only person to finish 10 times under a week of total time 

- 4x Leadville Trail 100 champion (2017, 2016, 2015 and 2013; and only person to break 17hrs four times)

- Golden Ticket races (2014 Montrail Ultracup champion, in its previous incarnation)

- 3x Rocky Raccoon 100 champion (2016, 2015, 2011 and course record holder - 12h44m)

- Revel Downhill Marathons (series record holder)

- Skyrunning events globally, including Mt Blanc and Transvulcania

- Badwater 135 (pacing/crewing four times)

- UTMB (crewing)

- Hardrock 100 (pacing/crewing)

- Marathon des Sables

- UROC 100k

- JFK 50

- Comrades (Wally Hayward medal plus seven silver medals)

- Transalpine Run Stage Race

- Everest Marathon in Nepal

- Jungle Ultra in Peru

- Many of the world's most famous road marathons, including Boston (Ian has run over 100 road marathons with a 2:21 PR)




- USATF certified coach

- Coach since 2010 plus around 250 marathon+ races to refine and develop the physical and psychological methodology for Sharman Ultra Coaching

- Founder of the Altra US Skyrunner Series

- Former member of the UROC Elite Advisory Council

- Former board member of the International Skyrunning Federation

- Columnist for Ultra Running Magazine (check out his popular weight vest hiking article) and, formerly, iRunFar.com

- Podcast host for the PodiumRunner Endurance Podcast

- Trained as a Certified Personal Trainer in 2012 with the National Academy of Sport Medicine (“NASM”)

- MA in Economics, University of Cambridge

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