Brathay 10in10 Athlete
I will be 50-years-old when I run my 10in10 and my running club is Methley Striders. I have run six marathons so far, I hope to have completed more by the time the Brathay 10in10 comes around.
I ran my first marathon in 2014, it was Edinburgh and, looking back I was ill prepared. It took me a painful 4.5 hours to complete it for the charity, Parkinson's. My mother suffered from it for many years.
In terms of running achievements, breaking 20 mins for a 5k ParkRun last year is one and finishing my first marathon in 2018 at Temple Newsam, without feeling utterly exhausted and injured, is another.
I used to be a competitive cyclist but work got in the way. So, I took up running to stay fit and it's stuck and I my competition bug is back. Now I want to do mad challenges like the 10in10, a unique event in an amazing location, whilst raising money for good causes like Brathay.
Previous fundraising successes include the Parkinson’s marathon, when I raised over £600, a cycling team challenge which raised several thousand pounds over four years and a solo sponsored cycling challenge for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal. For that I cycled around all my employers branches in West Yorkshire in one day, it was about 60 miles. I work for Paymentsense, as their contact centre planning manager, an office based job.
My sporting inspiration is Sir Chris Hoy. He is incredibly driven, determined to succeed yet a humble "normal" approachable guy. Away from sport, my mum is a source of inspiration, she was so generous and kind and outspoken, and there was never a dull moment.
When I am running I like to listen to my breathing, my foot steps and absorb the sensations of running and pushing myself harder. It like my meditation in a way, a very tiring sweaty way.
I hope to raise my Brathay funds early on, so I don't have to worry about it. I also hope that injury doesn’t prevent me from completing all 10 marathons. But I be should be okay with the mental challenge.
I think I am like anyone else and everyone else. I believe that Inside of us all we have something remarkable, hidden talents and skills. For me it was the ability to take huge amounts of exercised induced pain whilst cycling. I won three national titles as a teenager and I raced in France for a season.
By supporting this challenge we will be helping young people and their families discover their talents and skills, giving them the confidence to improve their lives.
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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?