Brathay 10in10 Athlete
Why on earth would I want to run ten circuits of the ASICS Windermere Marathon in ten days? 26.2 miles each day, taking in Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness and Ambleside, and 262 miles in total! Well, I'm doing all this for the second time as well as the same 262 miles in 24 hours in June 2019 - this time on a bike!
How best to describe me? My Dad’s response to my Brathay 10in10 acceptance was, in his own inimitable style, ‘you’re a bloody idiot’. Take that as you will, but running, particularly the 10in10, is simply magical and I can’t wait.
I initially started running marathons when I was 21 and had a deluded idea that I could be good at it, even with little to no training. I ran the London Marathon when I was 26 in a similar fashion and finished with a respectable time of 3 hours and 46 minutes. By 2017, my running journey was a bit chequered: I had only completed four marathons with each pair separated by 20 years.
In the last couple of years however, I have put in a considerable more effort into my marathon training and the progress and respective achievements have followed. I now total 14 marathons to date with more to follow before I reach the dreaded half-century (in age).
Why running? I’m a recovering alcoholic and have been sober since 18 January 2016. I want to continue to show that change in a person’s life is possible- you can do it. It’s hard but with the right motivation, anyone can reach for a better rung on life’s slippery ladder. Believe in the power of the human spirit and what is possible through sheer bloody mindedness and determination, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve and even more so by what we can achieve together.
I maintain motivation through my various inspirations: Len Bamford, Mark Franklin, Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and my Dad. I’m also inspired by my Mum who is the epitome of Shakespeare’s ‘Though she be but little, she is fierce!’ I’m further motivated and live by the ‘Three Rules’. Created by my son and I as we listened to the quarter finals of the Europa League, our trio of family mantras are: Never Give Up, Do Your Very Best and Love What You Do.
My main aim for this year is to do better. When I asked my son, Théo, whether I should apply for the 2019 10in10, he said ‘yes’ because I need to ‘do better’ than last year- the cheek! I was injured on day 4 last year so I hope to complete the 10in10 this year without injury and in better style. Equally, I didn’t quite top my £5k target, I hope to be able to reach my target of £10,000 this year. Let’s get the ball rolling and I hope to see you at Windermere Marathon on the 19 of May!
- 2006: Reading Half Marathon
- 2007: London Triathlon
- 2014 & 2016: Cumbrian Half Marathon
- 2016: Reading Half Marathon
- 2016: SBU35 - St Begas Ultra
- 2017: ASICS Windermere Marathon
- 2018: Brathay 10in10
- 2020: Brathay 10in10 Donate
Interested in the 10in10?
Are you an experienced marathon runner and up for a new challenge? Would you like to be one of the few specially chosen athletes to run the annual Brathay 10in10 Challenge Event while raising money and awareness for the charity?How can I apply?