Most of the time, I’m a self employed Gardener from Bolton, the rest of the time, I’m a very amature runner, with, what I would call, average ability.
I’ve always loved sport in general, at school, if there was a school team for a sport, I was in it, but, whatever the sport, I was always average, never excelled at any.
I joined Bolton United Harriers as a 7 year old, at about 13 I decided to specialise in sprinting, which meant the furthest I would run would be 400m, suited me. From about 18 to 25 I trained occasionally, at 26, I’d packed in.
In 2007, at 36, I went back, and decided I was too old for sprinting, and would become a distance runner, from not being able to run a mile without stopping, I’d improved enough to run 3:45 in the London Marathon in 2009, things progressed slightly, 3:32 in Paris in 2010 and 3:20 at Loch Ness in 2012. In 2013 I ran my first Ultra, and also met Deb, my partner who had run a couple of ultras by then, in 2014, we completed our first Fellsman together, 2015, our first 100 miler, the LDWA Red Rose 100. In 2016, I’ve decided to take ultra running a bit more seriously, to try and get better at it, so that’s what my training is focussed on, and that’s what this blog is about.