Brathay 10in10 Athlete
I am 52-years old and I live in Leigh near Manchester with my wife Yuk-Lam and our two children Abbey (aged 18) and Lucas (aged 15). During the day I run my own family steel business in Wigan with my brother, Paul.
As a teenager I used to watch my dad training for the three marathons he completed. I think his running first inspired me to take up the challenge of running a marathon.
I ran my first marathon over 20 years ago on 13th October 1996 in Manchester, I finished the race and I vowed never to do it again! But, this didn’t happen and I have continued to run marathons ever since. After reaching 100 marathons back in 2013 I planned to run less marathons per year but the reverse seems to have happened. Only seven years on and I have now run 348 and I have many more planned!
I am a member of my local running club, Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners where I am the club treasurer.
I have completed the Brathay 10 marathons in 10 days challenge seven times. In 2015 I completed it with my best time, averaging of 3 hours 31 minutes 56 seconds per day but I think my proudest achievement is simply finishing it in 2018. I failed to finish the event in 2017 due to a knee injury and then subsequently had a knee operation in the December. I found the delayed 2020 event the most difficult due to the relentless heavy rain and strong winds. I'm back only 7 months later hoping for warmer conditions.
I think it is my strong mental attitude that keeps me going during this challenge; I won’t give up even when the body is really hurting. Also the Windermere course helps, I know it is incredibly tough and hilly but I do enjoy running through its stunning scenery. I love the challenge of running marathons on consecutive days and pushing my body to find out what it is capable of doing. I feel there is no point in going through life without taking on and completing challenges to be proud of. This time I have the added goal to become the first runner ever to complete this challenge seven times.
Once again I hope to bring my personal brand of positivity, energy and colour (especially a splash of pink) to Brathay Hall over those 10 days. Since running the 10in10 I have raised over £45,000 for Brathay and I hope to add to this total. Brathay Hall is a very special place that touches the hearts of all who come here. Your donations will help many more children and young people to be inspired by this wonderful place and to go on to improve their lives and those of others around them.
- 2000: Chicago Marathon (PB 3:06:03)
- 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 & 2020: Brathay 10in10
- 2012: Enigma Quadzilla (4 marathons in 4 days)
- 2014: Edinburgh Half & Edinburgh Marathon on the same day (5k & 10k the day before - completing all Edinburgh Marathon Festival events)
- 2015: Amsterdam Half & Amsterdam Marathon on the same day
- 2015: 44 marathons completed in the year (a personal record)
- 2016: Equinox 24 hour event (100 miles)
- 2016: Hell of a Hill (5 marathons in 5 days)
- 2023: 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?