I was the fat kid at school that did no sport, and didn’t really see the point in it.
Roll on to 2008 and I did my first marathon, FLM, and haven’t really looked back since. Marathons, ultras, couple of Ironman triathlons…the only question is – what next? If it’s long and painful, then it’s probably right up my street! If it includes pizza…then even better!!
Update…after luckily getting a place in Grand Union Canal Race in 2014, and loving it, I’ve gone onto bigger and better!
2015…biggest race was a painful DNF at Thames Ring 250, but did finish the Thames Path 100
2016…fell in love with the lake district and wild camping, and did the Lakeland 50 too!
2017…had a rough experience at the Arc of Attrition (but I did finish) and had a great time at the Thames Ring 250…finished 7th in 80 hours.
2018…Spine Challenger, Ultra-trail Snowdonia 50 & Lakeland 100 – God help me! (Not forgetting the Chained Escape from Meriden in November)
2019…..Winter Viking Way in January, followed by a well earned rest. And then something epic in May! 600 miles ? 14 days? No sleep? That sounds dreadful….sign me up! So that’s the Monarchs Way in May, and another bash at the Chained Escape from Meriden in November….excellent.
Why do I do it? Because I’ve found it’s really useful to attempt something each year that I genuinely don’t know whether I can do or not. After a few years of doing this, and finding that I can actually do more than I ever thought was possible, I find myself really pushing the boundries of what is reasonable….