My first distance race was a 9 mile mini-marathon on road. I was 9 years old at the time. After that I discovered I was quite good at sprinting and jumping so I did that for a bit until injury got in the way. Well, I say injury and there’s some truth in that but it was probably all the beer I drank at university that was mostly to blame.
Sometime after the Millennium festivals ended and the world didn’t, I went back to running – mostly 5km road races with the odd 10km event thrown in. I swore that 10km was as far as I’d ever go because it just seemed too far and took too so long to do.
Then I moved back to the countryside and started running on trails.
In 2010, after taking part in a few trail events, adventure races and mountain marathons, I ran my first ultramarathon; 85 miles from Ivinghoe to Avebury along the Ridgeway national trail. It took me 23 hours and 20 minutes.
In 2011, I decided to start writing more about my running and share my experiences, thoughts and plans with anyone who cares to listen.