I’m a Northerner who moved to London after University. After 12 years working in Westminster for the Government Economic Service and as a Senior Civil Servant I left the comfort of the civil service to set up a running holiday company. I’m currently pretty nomadic spending time in South Africa, Scotland, The Alps and the North of England.
I started running in 2006 after giving up smoking, training for and completing my first marathon in Abingdon in October 2006. I did a few more, then by 2009 I was persuaded into my first ‘double’ weekend – Beachy Head mara on the Saturday, Greensands in Surrey on the Sunday. I stepped up to ultras in January 2010 with a lovely 30 mile run over the Surrey hills – the Winter Tanners. Then in the March my first 50+ run from Glasgow to Edinburgh down the canal in just over 9 hours.
I’ve so far (Jan 2016) ran across two countries (US and France), 100 + marathons (I will count them when I get round to it, about 15 have been mountain maras – which I love); I’ve ran 50+ ultras – including Ridgeway 85 thrice, EcoTrail, Mont Blanc 80km, Hell on the Humber, Thames Path 100, Across the Years 72 hrs (205 miles), lots of LDWA runs and various multi-day events (2013 course record for XNRG Pony Express).
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
— Theodore Roosevelt