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Meet Ollie Garrod

Ollie has represented England and Great Britain over 100km and the 6-Hour event.

Ollie is a Londoner born and bred, growing up in Epsom and now living in Surbiton. A prolific racer, he feels lucky to have the Thames and Both Bushy and Richmond Parks nearby, where he runs on a regular basis.

He originally got into running as a lanky 14-year-old, fed up with being constantly battered playing rugby. He joined Epsom and Ewell Harriers and started his long love affair with Parkrun (he now proudly holds the global title for “most first finishes” by a male athlete). His debut marathon came in London in 2014 during his final year at Exeter University and he’s been ever-present every year since (PB 2:23:39 in 2021).  

Ollie placed 3rd in the Angloe-Celtic plate in Perth in April 2022 in a time of 6.46.50 whilst representing England. In 2018 Ollie was invited to race in the Changan Ford Ultra Challenge 50km in China and managed to come 4th in a strong international field. Since then, he’s not looked back and has had the honour to race 100km for England at the 2019 ACP (5th in 7:09) and represent Great Britain twice in the IAU virtual 6-Hour Global Solidarity challenge. The ultras have taken the sub 70min half marathon runner to some extraordinary places including Aqaba, Jordan and more recently Dublin where he ran 2:54:29 for 50km (4th on the British all-time list). 

A self-confessed race addict, Ollie traditionally knocks out around 100 events each year across track, cross-country and the roads. At 28 years old, the future is bright. Ollie feels he still has a huge amount to learn about the sport and is excited to see where the next steps take him.

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