I like having goals and love the feeling I get when when I'm getting fitter and fitter each day.
I started running when I was 13 years old after seeing both my dad and my uncle competing on the road and on the track. My first real break though in running was when I was 14, having won my county (Cheshire) championships at 800 and running a time of 1-58. Over the subsequent years, I continued to train as an 800m runner, winning county titles and even national age group medals on occasions. After running 1-50.9 for 800m at age 17 I was invited to Loughborough University on a Sports Scholarship where I continued to train hard! When I was 18 years old I qualified for the final of the AAAs senior championships and won the Northern 1500m championships. Having ran 1-47 for the 800m by 19, I was selected to represent England in a number of matches across Europe over the coming years.
Unfortunately, once my degree at Loughborough had finished, I decided that it was time to get a job and my running took the back seat. Many years later, I am now working as a qualified accountant and have set myself a new challenge of completing my first Marathon in London in April 2014. You can see how I get on by following my blog here.
I am also very passionate about the Running Events and training that we offer here at RunThrough. As co-founder of the RunThrough initiative, I’m always looking for new places to create events or organise training sessions so that we can spread the joys of running as far as possible. Get those endorphins churning!
Hills!! Love the burn.
Anything above 600m in a repetition.
It clears my head, I meet lots of like minded people & you can improve quickly.
I started running when I was 10, doing sprints until I was 13 where I tried out the 800m. My Dad roped me into it as he was a 2.30 Marathon runner & the Chairman of my club Blackburn Harriers. From there I was a County, Northern & UK Champion over 800m & 1500m in U15, U17 & I was a England Junior (U20) International twice over 1500m. I held a National Record for the 1500m Indoor & was the 2nd fastest of all time until my record was broken last year.
I went to Loughborough University to study Sport & Exercise Science on a Sports Scholarship. I also did a Sports Massage course & ran a small sports therapy business working with some of the countries finest athletes. Unfortunately I broke my leg, a nasty combination of over training & lack of the right nutrients. Since then I never really got back into the elite end of athletics. However, I have spent the last 10 years working in Events & Media for and with companies like Great Run, London Marathon, BBC , ITV, UEFA & Sky Sports in a various locations around the world.
RunThrough has given me a chance to get stuck into the sport again, using my knowledge & expertise in the sport to help like minded people improve, no matter what their goals or ambitions are. I really hope that we will offer something a little different to whats already out there, and that you meet some cool people along the way!
10k – 47:56
HM – 1:51:07
Marathon – 3:51:10
2 minute reps
Hills – the burnnnn!
Running is cheaper than therapy! Running is my “me” time, it is the best way to clear my head. It is also a great way to meet like-minded people, those who don’t mind you talking running all the time.
After doing very amateur 800m at school, I didn’t really run again until 2010 when I completed my first 10k race. I went through a stage of entering races, training for them and stopping afterwards – this all changed when I met RunThrough; safe to say running is now a big part of my life. Having completed the London Marathon this year, I’m now on the lookout for my next challenge.
10k - 45mins
Half Marathon - 1:40 (you don't count the seconds right!)
With RT probably 90 seconds on / 60 seconds off or fartlek but personally I like the odd press up or dynamic lunge thrown in to a workout ;0)
Probably 4mins but only because we've done it lots recently!
Because it makes me feel great, mentally and physically and I love being out in the fresh air. Plus races are so popular now it's easy to set yourself challenges or goals to work towards and beat (hopefully!), more officially than just on your own.
I'm a Personal Trainer so I've always been into fitness and sport, all that running around makes me feel like a kid again and keeps me young at heart.