June 2, 2014
DISCIPLINE: Ultra / Trail
I was a late starter in to the world of running, when a succession of Rugby related injuries led me to call it a day on my childhood sport.
In search of something to keep me fit, I discovered Parkrun in 2015.
After a couple of years of irregular running I was introduced to my local club, from there my interest in the sport really started to ramp up.
It didn’t take long before I was hooked and began to take training and competition a lot more seriously.
10k’s led to Half Marathons, and before I knew it I was running my first Marathon in 2017, with a finishing time of 02:58. This was my ticket into the London Marathon the following year!
My time of 02:41 in 2018 secured me a position on the British Championship start line in 2019 where I went on to run my fastest Marathon time of 02:37.
As much as I was enjoying road racing and running fast, it has only been in recent years that I have discovered a love for Trail and Ultra running.
After getting involved with a few local, low key Ultra events, it was clear that I had found my forte.
In the summer of 2019 I was running my first 100km race at the Stour Valley Path 100 and finishing 2nd in 09:39. Other stand out performances include wins at Equinox24 as a team and a pair in successive years, and also 1st place finish in the Wychavon Way Ultra at the beginning of 2020.
With very few events taking place in recent times, virtual races have kept me focused and given me reason to keep training hard. Most recently completing 50 miles in under 6 hours and 80 miles in a 12 hour virtual event has given me the confidence that I will maintain my form once live racing resumes.
Going forward I look forward to purely focusing all I do on Trails / Ultras and already have my sights on some big races in the near future.
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