Although I’ve always loved running, I didn’t really start racing in earnest until 2009 at the age of 50, when my focus at that time was road racing everything from 5k to Marathons.
My desire is simply to be the very best that I can be and although I started a little later in life than most I guess, it’s never too late to push the boundaries! Age is only a number as the saying goes!
I consider myself a competitive runner I guess but it’s more about testing my own limitations.
My greatest achievements include running two sub 3 marathon at Abingdon at age 52 and 53. I also completed the GUCR 145m and Thames Ring 250m at the first attempt in 2013 and have completed a total of seven of the Centurion 100 mile races in respectable times I guess, but for some reason I have never really excelled on the series. I improved on my GUCR time considerably in 2014 and again in 2016, finishing in 27:43 (3rd)
I was privileged to be able to run the inaugural Liverpool to Leeds 130m (LLC130) in 2014 finishing in 27:59 (8th) but I managed to improve on this in 2015 finishing in 24:09 (2nd) and although not an improved time in 2016 of 24:28, I did manage to hold on for 1st place in atrocious weather conditions.
Back in 2014 I also took on the Centurion 100 mile Grand Slam which comprised 4 x 100 mile events (The Thames Path 100, South Downs Way 100, North Downs Way 100 and the Winter 100) and was pleased to finish 6th overall in the Grand Slam table (41 started the Slam and 16 made it through.
I revisited the TP100 in 2015 and 2016 going sub 20 for the first time, but have run faster 100 mile splits in longer events, hitting 17:41, 17:44, 2 x 18:00hrs, 16:47 split at my 24hr debut at Barcelona and 16:37 split at Athens 24hr in 2019
Debuting at Spartathlon in 2015 was life changing, but returning in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 (best 29:14:36 2016), winning the Liverpool to Leeds (LLCR130) and the Essex 100 are my most major achievements.
Thanks for visiting my blog and all the best to you with your own challenges!