I’m 53 years old and live in Sheffield, UK. I took up running in March 2009, mainly to lose weight and improve my fitness after the doctor diagnosed gall stones and high cholesterol. Prior to this I’d been a lifelong couch potato, watching sports on TV but not actually doing anything linked with sport and fitness.
With guidance and encouragement from my twin brother Jeff, I set about training for a 10km race, then a half marathon, then further. I’ve completed thirteen marathons (including Paris, Rome, Berlin, London and New York) and a 12 hour ultra marathon (did 44 miles).
In 2017 I have added a bit of fell- and trail- running to my training, and done some off-road races. It’s taken my fitness up a level, helping me to smash my marathon PB at Indianapolis.
Next marathons will be Windermere in May and York in October. It never ceases to amaze me what is possible with a bit of effort and a positive attitude.