At the age of 30, I was stuck in a rut - An overweight smoker with a stressful job as a chef. I only took up running to lose weight and get fitter but this turned out to be the start of a unique journey that would ultimately see me finish 10th in the 1998 Commonwealth Games marathon aged 41!
I started my running life as a fell runner eventually setting a number of course records, some of which still stand today. I became British Fell running champion before starting racing at a high level on the road and cross-country. My performances allowed me to train at altitude in Kenya and the Pyrenees. I regularly competed against some of the world’s best athletes across Europe and in the United States.
As an athlete I worked hard. My coach, leading physiologist Tony Trowbridge guided me so that my training was scientific and right for me. I enjoyed competing and winning but I have never forgotten how difficult my misinformed first attempts at training, fitness and weight loss were. What I did learn was that it’s not just about hard training!
I have advised hundreds of runners, from complete beginners through to international athletes, writing coaching articles that have featured in Runner’s World, Running Fitness, Peak Performance as well as a number of running books and websites. During my coaching career I have created / delivered a variety of training camps, races and running events.
I believe that my coaching along with my competitive experiences provide me with a unique insight that will allow me to help you to achieve your running and fitness goals. From overweight thirty something to international runner my personal bests are...
5 km – 13.46, 10 km – 29.04, 10 m – 48.15, Half marathon – 64.20, Marathon – 2.17.08
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