I’m a 47 year old married father of three who took up running seven years ago. Since then I have been privileged to represent Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Kent AC and Nene Valley Harriers, including at the WMAC in Lyon in 2015 and at the World Half-Marathon Championship in Copenhagen in 2014. Significant wins include a BMAF gold medal at half-marathon distance and three consecutive Gravesend 10k league championships.
My first marathon was the Loch Ness Marathon 2012. Since then I have completed 75 marathons/ultramarathons (to March 30th, 2018), winning three marathons and four ultras. I claimed a Six Star Medal at the Tokyo Marathon in February 2018 and after this year’s West Highland Way Race I hope to go on to complete the UTMB at the first attempt in August/September. If all goes to plan this will hopefully be followed by my 100th marathon/ultramarathon celebration at the London Marathon 2019.
Why the West Highland Way Race?
It’s the race that I am immediately associated with at home and by my teammates. After the emotional high of a sub-24 hour debut in 2015 I was well ahead of my previous time during the 2016 race when I fell and broke a rib at mile 50. I completed the race that year but in a time just a few minutes over 24 hours. So, I have unfinished business with this wonderful race that goes far beyond achieving the symmetrical completeness of placing three goblets on my shelf.
Aim for the race?
Get round in one piece, in under 24 hours and then see how far I can take things beyond that. I was flying in 2016 until my accident and I am conscious that, while I have had a reasonable amount of success in ultras south of the border, I have probably not yet achieved the best that I can in my favourite race.