I’m a relative late comer to running not really lacing up a pair of trainers until my early 20s in an attempt to beat my brother’s Ironman marathon time. Unfortunately, I chose the Snowdon Marathon and the weather was typically Welsh so John maintained the bragging rites but my passion for the sport was born. I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and over the last 6 years have run alongside climbing and bouldering but with each year I find the running bug growing stronger.
My first race was the Snowdon Marathon in 2009, it was wet, windy but amazingly good fun. Between Snowdon and opening Front Runner I've done a number of other races including the 2013 Loch Ness Marathon in 2h51m and the Sheffield Half in 1h18m and had the pleasure and privilege of winning in my own back yard at the 2013 12.12 Whirlow race. 2014 has been a really interesting year for me, it was the first year I'd ever fully committed myself to running, only lacing up my rock shoes once a week! There we plenty of highs and lows but I can't deny it has been an exceptional year.
Some of the highlights we're races such as Tigger Tor, the Salt Cellar Fell Race, Great Longstone Chase and perhaps most importantly for me the recceing and completion of the Paddy Buckley Round. I've learnt a huge amount from taking part in the English Championship fell races, there are some amazing runners out there and there are some relentless hills too!
The running of all the shop trail and road runs has been a very satisfying journey, watching the groups grow, seeing people develop as runners and getting to know some amazing people.
As we near the end of 2014 I've my sole road race of the year to look forward to, the Percy Pud 10km and of course the entirety of 2015.
I've a bone to pick with the Edale Skyline so that'll be on the 2015 list. I've managed (somehow) to get a place for the Mont Blanc Marathon and foolishly entered the Vertical Kilometre too so plenty of time and effort will be directed towards them and I would love to have another go at a few of the English Champs again to see how I fair.
Roll on Percy Pud and 2015 :-)