Friday, November 9, 2007

Jones-Wilkins runs 100 miles again

Headmaster makes the podium thrice in 2007

Andy Jones-Wilkins

Community School headmaster and committed ultramarathoner Andy Jones-Wilkins, 39, just keeps on running—and running some more.

Putting a punctuation mark on an outstanding footrace season, Jones-Wilkins placed second overall in the Javelina Jundred 100-miler on Oct. 27 on McDowell Mountain Park trails in Phoenix, Ariz.

It was Jones-Wilkins' fourth 100-mile ultra-marathon finish in just five months—and his third time on the podium.

Jones-Wilkins was one of 65 seven-lap finishers on the 15.3-mile Pemberton Trail with a final time of 16 hours, 34 minutes and 36 seconds. It was 45 minutes behind winner Jorge Pacheco (15.49:03). The Javelina course record of 15.25:10 was set in 2006 by 39-year-old Karl Meltzer of Sandy, Utah.

The best 15.3-mile lap time for Jones-Wilkins was 1.43:56.

Jones-Wilkins spent much of his summer vacation from the Sun Valley independent school doing ultras. He won the Grand Teton 100 Aug. 30 with a time of 19.35:00 and captured the Vermont 100-mile Endurance Run July 20 at 15.53:00.

He was fourth in the June 23 Western States 100 Endurance Run at Lake Tahoe at 17.20:00. It was his fourth consecutive year in the top 10 of the Tahoe 100-miler he has described as "the Boston Marathon of ultra-marathon running."

In Sept. 2006, starting his first year as Community School headmaster, the father of three placed fourth of 151 finishers in the Wasatch Front 100-Mile Endurance Run that featured nearly 27,000 of elevation in the Utah hills. His time in the grueling test was 22.46:51.

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