I’m a runner, personal trainer, running coach & a coffee lover. In running I race over various distances ranging from 800m up to marathons. I’m a multiple race winner, having won my first race in November 2015. I am also a multiple masters gold medalist, having become a masters athlete in January 2017 and I’ve gone on to win on the track, road and cross country. I’m a new member of Hive22 Running Club. I am also a member of both Northern Masters AC for my athletics/masters championships and Dark Peak for fell racing.
I’m a former submariner in the Royal Navy and still proud of my Navy roots.
My running career began in September 2012 when I did my local 10km race, ‘The Great Yorkshire Run’, as a way to continue my weight loss journey, back in 2012 I started the year at 22 stone. I decided to do this race after losing 4 stone between April and August of 2012. My weight loss began when my then 3 year old daughter Molly mentioned I looked fat during Christmas Day 2011 and I decided to do something about it. I topped the scales at 22st 8lb. I set myself a goal to lose 4 stone before the family holiday in August. After doing the race and breaking my personal target of under 60 minutes, I became hooked.
Over the next two years I did loads of races over varying distances and terrain. I also did two charity challenges for the NSPCC raising over £2,000 for each challenge. The first one was called 13 in 2013 and it consisted of me racing 13 races over 10km and setting a personal best at each race. The following year I followed it up with 13 in Thirteen the sequel. This challenge consisted of 13 x HM over 13 months. Also during 2014. I create a Childilne LEGO stop motion video and also for the first time told my story in full to a support worker. The NSPCC used this story under an alias for a campaign. That campaign brought in over £1.3 million pounds for the charity (see my history section for more details of my charity work).
By 2015 I had started to become a decent club runner, with my speed improving all the time. I also did the London marathon and it was a real baptism of fire. However, in the back end of the year I decided to try a 3rd charity challenge but for the local Children’s Hospital but racing every week took it’s toll and meant the challenge was ended early. It still raised over £1,000 for them. 2016 was a roller coaster year, breaking my personal bests at both 10km and half marathon before breaking my ribs during the summer. Then the year finished with a host of race wins. The following year I attempted a marathon again but a DNF, followed by another hell of a race meant it was still a distance that got the better of me. Having spent the summer racing track, the year ended with one strong performance at my preferred distance 10km.
2018 started with my first long term injury, keeping me out of action till April. The year then continued on a negative when my daughter spent a large chunk of the spring in hospital due to a heart condition. It meant my attempt at a 4th challenge called 18 in 2018 was doomed. Despite several attempts through late spring into early autumn to get the challenge going by September it meant racing every weekend till 2019 it was at this point, I made the decision to stop and take a break from racing for the rest of 2018, build a strong winter base and start again in 2019.
Over the years I’ve raced for multiple clubs based in South Yorkshire and also Manchester, I’ve had some good experiences and some not so good. I’ve been in one club or another since Feb 2013 and always felt being a good runner meant being part of a club. However I’ve never fitted in, as I’ve grown older my personal views conflict those in clubs. When I pressed the reset button I decided if I was to race again it would be unaffiliated. Until such time as I felt I needed a club for the right reasons. In order of oldest to newest, I have represented Sheffield RC (Feb 2013 – Feb 2014), Steel City Striders (Feb 2014 – Mar 2015), Hallamshire Harriers (Mar 2015 – Jan 2016, Steel City Striders (Feb 2016 – Aug 2016), Belgrave Harriers 2nd claim (Mar 2016 – Oct 2016), Penistone Footpath Runners (Oct 2016 – Nov 2017), Manchester Harriers (Nov 2016 – Sep 2018), Barnsley AC (Sep 2018 – Feb 2019). Northern Masters AC 2nd claim (Feb 2017- Present) and Dark Peak 1st claim on the fells (May 2019 – Present).
Away from running, up till beginning of 2019 I worked for LEGO in various roles, I’ve worked in the web section, planning and also designing aspects of the company. It was a dream job for many years but after the health scare with my daughter in 2018, I decided I wanted to be based locally on a permanent basis. So when the oppertunity came to become a personal trainer I jumped at the chance. I passed my level 2 in April 2019 and currently working towards my level 3. I am also taking the steps to become a full UKA qualified running endurance coach. I currently have my leader in running fitness qualification (LiRF).
In the past I’ve been known as the Mohican Runner on social media and in running circles but that moniker was always attached to my charity running, as originally I grew it to help me stand out from the crowd at races. However as my speed improved and I begun winning races, the hair began to attract the wrong sort of attention, with me having issues with race marshalls thinking I should be at the back of the pack with the other fun runners. I ditch the hair a few times firstly in late 2013 then again in 2016 but grew it back both times. However by the end of 2018 I had out grown the style, plus age was catching up with me and having a mohican on a receding hairline wasn’t the best look. Plus at the start of 2019 I began the process of re-joining the Navy as a reservist, so had to look correct! (However my application to re-join was eventually rejected in May 2019 due to a flesh tunnel and tattoo’s no inline with the current Navy policy).
The new website was launched at the start of October, (the dropping of the Mohican Runner name came later in the year), along with resetting of all my social media accounts. Having made the decision not to race and take a break, I felt it was the right time to have a complete reset.
After a 6 month break I was back racing in March 2019 and soon found a new passion for different events. By May 2019 I have won 4 road races and set a new personal best at 5k the first personal best on the road since April 2017. I also begun to discover a new found love for fell and trails heading into the summer.