The photo on his blog says it all. Like a battered prize fighter, Andy Jones-Wilkins, completely exhausted and with unimaginable pain etched on his face, sits and stares at what is left of the swollen, cracked and peeling feet that had just carried him to a fifth place finish at the 2009 Hardrock 100-miler in Silverton, CO. Jones-Wilkins — or ‘AJW’ for short — is one of the toughest, most durable ultrarunners around and as I consider signing up for my first hundred-miler, I am inspired by the resolve and consistency of this 42 year-old private school headmaster from Idaho. This year alone AJW had top-ten finishes at three major hundred-milers — including the overall win at Rocky Raccoon in Texas — plus an 11th place finish at Western States. Plain and simple, the guy is a beast. Oh, to be like Andy…
Check out AJW’s blog to see what makes him tick… and don’t miss the replay of his attempt to bring down Alan Webb’s mile record at Hayward Field.
On second thought, check out Craig Thornley’s Top Ten Signs You May Be AJW and read what other people think makes Andy Jones-Wilkins tick.
On a side note, AJW plans to run the Chuckanut Ridge 50k in March to honour the memory of his friend Dave Terry. I look forward to duking it out with him for the Master’s title (surely a veteran ultrarunner as tough as this has a lot to teach a guy who let a little tummy trouble bring him down at last year’s event.)