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Strutbrother M55

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Describe your ideal run, ride or swim.
A crisp, dry Winter's morning through a wood. My breath condensing and the ground thick with frost.
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What's the biggest challenge that awaits you?
Getting fit again after several years of being a lazy git!
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What's your favourite thing about Fetcheveryone?
The other Fetchies! The support, encouragement and general camaraderie. Oh and I'm a real sucker for a graph/spreadsheet too!
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How do you pick yourself up when you need to?
A) Go for a run or B) Drink gin.
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What’s the best bit of advice that you would give to new runners, bikers and swimmers?
Start slowly and then slow down a bit. Don't forget the 10% rule of training.
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About Me

Did a bit of running at schoolboy level and then nothing until my thirties when I foolishly let my mate talk me into running the 1995 London Marathon. Went out and ran my first mile for years and then couldn’t walk for a week, but somehow managed to get through the training and seven months later finished the race in 4 hours 25 minutes and became hooked. Ran the New York City Marathon and London twice more in the next three years then got badly injured two weeks before London 1999 and was out for over 6 months.

The next few years were a bit quiet but I came back to running at the tail end of 2004, since when I have completed two Dublin Marathons and the fantastic Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromso, Norway, 250 miles inside the Arctic Circle, plus multiple halves, my favourite distance. Another three year layoff (this time caused by laziness and too much food and red wine!) saw me put on a couple of stone and lose any fitness I had, so with my wedding fast approaching I got back to it.

2010 was very much about rebuilding my running base, with increasing training mileage and three races, leading to setting myself the target of 1000 miles for 2011. Two more halves at the start of 2011 including a great Fleet Half but then another injury saw me out again for the rest of the year. 2012 was a lazy write-off and now here we are at the beginning of 2013! Two years older, a little bit heavier and dreadfully out of shape so let's see how long I can stay injury free this time!
Well 2013 turned out to be a good year and I even managed to achieve my 500 mile goal, albeit by the skin of my teeth!

2014 sees my focus on 500 miles again and continuing my A-Z Half Marathon challenge!
Well I bagged my 500 again in 2014 so 2015 is being upped to 750 miles. I've entered the Berlin Marathon in September so fingers crossed everything goes to plan and I stay injury free!
Well the first half of 2015 was great but the second half was rubbish! Having another crack at 500 miles for 2016, fingers crossed!
Well that didn't go very well! Here we are at the tail end of 2017 and I'm starting again. The only good thing is that my job for the last 18 months has been very physical so I've managed to drop a couple of stone and am in a much better place to start again from!

Whoosh! It's now October 2019 and I'm faster, fitter and "finner" than before! NOT!!! I'm slower, out of shape and fatter than ever! And so we try again....

Current Status

Slowly getting less painful but still slower than a milk float.

Planned Races

16th May 21 Tewkesbury Half Marathon

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2021 Targets

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