In Spring 2009 I found myself approaching age 40 and about 3 stone overweight. I decided I needed to do something about it. After watching the London Marathon, I decided to start running and entered the ballot. I started going to Bedfont Lakes with some friends and walking/running on Sundays. I was soooo unfit! Throughout the summer, they stopped going but I carried on on my own.
After a while I found out about the Bedfont Lakes parkrun, joining that in July 09 and found out about FETCH from people there. Along the way, I discovered that running is a social activity as much as a sport.
With help and encouragement from my friends, I took 15 minutes off of my parkrun PB in the first year. Attempting longer races, I got a few 10k races under my belt and I completed the Eastbourne and Reading Half Marathons in March 2010. I achieved a first sub-2hr time at the Richmond Half Marathon (May 2010).
The second half of 2010 was focussed on marathons and by the end of October I had completed 5 - the highlight being a 4:15 at Berlin at the end of September.
2011 was a mixed year where I achieved my first sub-4:00 marathon at Hannover then rather lost my way. I entered Robin Hood to give myself a goal which proved to be a poor decision. Thankful for the social side of Fetch...
2012 was the year when serious, consistent training was applied and brought the desired results, incl. 3:43 Brighton marathon and 1:33 Gosport half.
Sub 3:30 marathon [achieved 3:24 at Brighton]
Goals for 2014 [recycled from 2013]:
Sub 20min 5km
Sub 1:30 half marathon
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Best Ever Times
|100 metres||Fetch London Mile - 100m Race||16||4:17||64.1||Sep 2010||1|
|200 metres||Southern Athletics League Mens 200m||34||4:34||61.59||Jun 2013||1|
|400 metres||Southern Athletics League Mens 400m||1:14||4:58||63.74||Jun 2013||2|
|1500 metres||Southern Athletics League Mens 1500m||5:41||6:06||65.85||Apr 2013||1|
|1 miles||NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile||6:00||6:00||66.42||Sep 2012||8|
|1 miles||BUPA Westminster Mile||6:00||6:00||66.92||May 2013||8|
|5 km||Dulwich parkrun||20:53||6:43||66.85||Feb 2013||24|
|3.9 miles||The Thomas Cup XC Handicap||26:46||6:52||65.47||Sep 2013||3|
|7 km||Wedding Day 7k||30:47||7:05||65.22||Jul 2013||4|
|5 miles||Perivale 5||34:17||6:51||66.81||Dec 2012||9|
|10 km||Chichester Priory 10k||42:41||6:52||68.08||Feb 2013||21|
|7.5 miles||South of the Thames Championship Race||56:59||7:36||61.45||Dec 2012||2|
|10 miles||Cabbage Patch 10||1:10:50||7:05||66.69||Oct 2012||10|
|13.1 miles||Gosport Half Marathon||1:31:51||7:01||68.78||Nov 2013||15|
|20 miles||Surrey Spitfire 20||3:07:03||9:21||51.57||Mar 2011||1|
|26.2 miles||Brighton Marathon||3:24:17||7:48||64.24||Apr 2013||12|
|26.5 miles||Herts Hobble||6:40:00||15:06||33.18||Jun 2013||1|