|I started running just to keep fit for orienteering
over the Summer. In 1999, I competed in a few 10km road
races, and found them quite enjoyable. I also tried a
couple of cross-country races - but in the Summer, I
don't enjoy running through mud!
In 2000, I decided to take this one step further, and enter the Reading Half Marathon; I finished in a time of 98min 30secs. Thanks to my training partners: Neil Frankum, Damian Wilson and Roger Edwards (all from Berkshire Orienteers), and also to my sponsors (largely from Racal Research Ltd.(now renamed Thales Research and Technology (UK) Ltd.) and Stride Walking Club); I raised about £330 for the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK).
Following several more 10km races and half marathons, in 2004 I entered the London Marathon for the first time. I finished in a time of 3 hours 48 minutes 13 seconds, in the process raising a total of £1946-10 for Round Table Childrens Wish. Thank you to everyone who sponsored me - your money has gone to a very good cause.
I joined Reading Roadrunners at the end of 2004, and this has helped me to improve my performance, as well as being a friendly and supportive club. Since joining, I have achieved a number of age-category 1st and 2nd places in 10k and half marathon races, and improved my PBs substantially. In 2006 I was Berkshire County Marathon Champion in the MV50 age class, and in 2007 I was placed second in that category in the overall County Championship. You can see some details of my recent performance on the Power of 10 web site.
This page last updated 22 March 2016