Jon broke his back in an accident 5 years ago. As part of the rehabilitation he took up running and has won 3 British over 50's titles. He trains with youngsters at Thurrock Harriers who are inspired by his dedication and success , see him as a role model, and have been successful in focusing on the discipline of training to achieve their personal goals. Over the past 5 years, he has also been a member of a voluntary local brass band, who encourage long term donations to local care homes and hospices. This is done by holding concerts roughly once every 2 months in St Luke's Hospice, Thurrock Hospital, and Grays Court Home.