Stone physiotherapist to run desert Ultramarathon!


In November this year Stone resident Jon Woods, senior Physiotherapist at St George’s Hospital, Stafford will be running the Oman Desert Ultramarathon.

This is a 165 km race in six self-sufficient stages tracing the ancient caravan routes through the Al Wasil desert of Arabia and has been described as;

“Probably the most uncompromising and merciless footrace on the planet”.

Jon in action on an ‘easier run’

Jon is somewhat of a veteran at ultra-endurance events have completed many, including; Ironman UK, South Downs Way Ultra and the Grim Reaper 100 mile Ultra. However, he admits to being intimidated at the thought of having to run carrying all his food, clothing and equipment for six days and nights. Also, training for the heat is not easy. So far Jon has been wearing every woolly hat and jumper he own and doing laps over the sand dunes in Formby! I get some very strange looks from the sunbathers Jon say’s.

Jon will be doing this exciting challenge for two very worthwhile charities:

Jon chose the charity CALM, a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK.

The second charity, Facing Africa, Jon chose as he wanted to do something for the indigenous people of the area he will be racing. Noma causes truly horrifying facial disfigurements commonly leading to children being ostracised from their communities. With relatively simple surgical intervention Facing Africa gives them a chance at a full and rewarding life.

Please consider sponsoring Jon’s causes by visiting his Just give web page and giving generously;

100% of all funds raised will go to the charitable causes