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Coach 1984 – I started running when I was 10 years old and ran in my first competitive road race in 1984, age 14. It was the Huncote Half Marathon, Leicester.
Coach 1987 – I began training under Paul Blissett at Leicester Coritanians, coach to distance running legends Craig Mochrie (pictured) and Phil Makepeace. I’ve had many coaches over the years and I guess this has rubbed off.
Coach 1996 – A big year of cross-country and road running: a first international vest, 4th place in the Inter-Counties XC, and a debut half-marathon of 64 minutes in Bristol.
Coach 1997 – First competitive mountain race, Mt Roy in New Zealand.
Coach 1998 – Living in Chamonix, spends first summer training and racing in the Alps.
Coach 1999 – Completes first track-racing season working with renowned distance running coach Arthur Lydiard. A 5000m PB of 14’15” in Christchurch is a high point.
Coach 2002 – Wins second consecutive Mountain Running World Cup and finishes 4th in the World Mountain Running Championships.
Coach 2003 – First marathon – Graubuenden in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
Coach 2005 – First ultra-marathon – The Kepler in New Zealand.
Coach 2008 – A career highlight – second place in the Jungfrau Marathon.
Coach 2009 – Branching out into the Extreme Sport of Snowshoe Racing.
Coach 2010 – First year as a veteran (age 40). Wins Inter-counties Fell Running Championships and runs first ever road marathon in 2 hrs 27 minutes.
Coach 2013 – Completes a number of ultra-marathons, including the Swiss Alpine Marathon K78 and The Himalayan 100 Mile Race.
Coach 2017 – New races on the road and in the mountains.