I’m a masters athlete. Known as the “Mohican Runner” due to my unique hairstyle.
I started running in September 2012 & in a few years I’ve gone from 20 stone to 11 stone and can now run a sub 5 minute mile. Along the way I’ve helped to raise over £1.3 million for the NSPCC. I’m a designer at LEGO and love coffee.
I started running in September 2012. I took up running to help with my weight loss goals. At the start of 2012 I tipped the scales at 20 stone. I then spent 4 months with a personal trainer and dropped 4 stone between April and August of that year. The first race I signed up for was the Great Yorkshire run in my home town of Sheffield. During that race something clicked and I found I loved running and my running career took off from there, doing a further two road races in 2012.
2013 & the 13 in Thirteen challenge
After doing my 3 races back in 2012, I then came up with the charity challenge 13 in Thirteen where I would complete 13 x 10km races in 2013 and set a new PB at each. The reason for this challenge was to raise money for Childline/NSPCC, as I used the childline service as a child. You can read about the challenge by clicking here.
In 2013 my running improved and my times tumbled as I managed to complete the challenge at the start of December at the Percy Pud. During 2013 I joined a local running club, through them I managed to take my leader in running fitness course as well as learn more about different types of races and distances. Over the course of 2013 I raced 40+ times over various distances from 1 mile up to half marathon distance.
2014 & the 13 in Thirteen HM challenge
In 2014 I began my second challenge this time the aim was to complete 1 half marathon a month over 13 months starting in January 2014, the aim was also to break sub 90 minutes for the half marathon (I achieved this back in October 2014). You can read about the second challenge by clicking here.
Also I switched running clubs at the start of 2014.My weakness is my fondness for racing and being told I race too much, if you include parkruns I raced every week in 2014. My goals when I started running was to break 20 minutes for 5km, sub 40 for 10km and sub 90 for half marathon, I managed to achieve all 3 in 2014.
2015 first marathon
In 2015 I completed my 2nd charity challenge at the Brass Monkey HM Jan 2015. By the end of my 2nd challenge I had raised over £1.3 million for the charity. I then switched my focus to making my marathon debut at London, this made up one of my goals for 2015, along with the goals to break 18 minutes at 5k, sub 37 for 10k and sub 83 at half marathon. In early 2015 I again switched running clubs so I could take my running further and to do some track and field events, however this turned out to be a decision I regretted. In April 2015 I made my marathon debut at London.
In November 2015, I won my first race at the Power Surge 10k near Retford, also setting a course record at the same time, the previous week I got my first podium by finishing 3rd at the Holmfirth 10k. I won a second race in December by winning the Barnsley Hospice Santa Dash to round off a very successful year.
The start of 2016, I took the hard decision to stop and re-evaluate my running. Instead of focusing on charity challenges, I decided to focus on lowering my times and train almost full time. The goal was to see how far I could take my running career. My first goals for 2016 was to break 18 minutes at parkrun, sub 36 at 10km and sub 80 at half marathon. By May I had completed all 3 goals.
I then switched to building up my endurance with the aim of doing an autumn marathon till a rib injury in June put me out for the first time in my running career, it took months to recover from the injury. However by the winter I was back to my best with victories at the Holmfirth 10k and Sneyd Striders Pudding Race,as well as personal bests at 3000m, 5km, 5 mile and 10 mile, to end 2016 on a high.
2017 my 5 year anniversary
9th Feb 2017 was my 4 year anniversary since starting my journey from 20 stone to the athlete I am today. The year started with a bang with 5 races in January, resulting in one win, two second places and 4 new personal bests.
However it was a up and down year. Learning for the first time what happens when you over train and suffer burnout. I also had my first ever DNF at the Manchester marathon due to this (and illness). In 2017 I never really got it together on the road, it was always one step forward, two steps back.
However my track running made some massive leaps. The highlights of the year, was winning the Yorkshire Vets 5k V35 Championship, the Northern Masters 5k Multi Terrain V35 Championship, as well as Gold in the 1500m and Silver in the 800m at the Northern Masrters Track & Field Championships. Plus I picked up 3 race victories over the course of the year.