Brathay 10in10 Athlete
I will be 50 by the time the 10in10 comes round in May, taking me into the Vet 50 running category. I live in Leigh, on the west side of Manchester with my wife, Yuk-Lam, and two children, Abbey (age 16) and Lucas (age 13). 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 3 marathons which he completed. I think it was his running that first inspired me to also 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 vowed never again! This didn’t happen and I’ve continued to run marathons ever since. I’m a member of my local running club, Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners where I’m also the club treasurer. After reaching 100 marathons back in 2013, I planned to run fewer marathons per year but the reverse seems to have happened and only 5 years on, I’ve now run over 285!
I have completed the Brathay 10 marathons in 10 days challenge 5 times. In 2015 I completed it with my best time, averaging 3 hours 31 minutes 56 seconds per day but I think my proudest achievement is simply finishing it in 2018. After failing to finish the event in 2017 due to a knee injury and then subsequently having a knee operation in the December, it was a real challenge to recover in time and mentally focus enough to come back and give it another go so soon. I suppose it shows that however experienced you may be, completing this event is by no way guaranteed. I’m looking forward to coming back in 2019 to hopefully become the person to have run the most official laps of Windermere.
I often get ask what keeps me going during a challenge like this? I think it is my mental attitude, I won’t give up even when the body is really hurting. The Windermere course helps me. It may be tough and hilly but running through the beautiful village of Hawkshead at mile 4 and through the gorgeous woodland from miles 9 to 10 where there is very little traffic is just so tranquil. In fact, the whole course is so beautiful it helps distract me from the fatigue and pain of the event. I do 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.
Once again I hope to bring my personal brand of positive energy and colour (especially a bit of pink!) to Brathay Hall for the 10 days of the event next May. I’m delighted to be coming back to Brathay for a 7th time and hope to raise them plenty of money for their wonderful charity so they can continue to help disadvantaged young people and allow them to experience the special, life changing place that is Brathay Hall.
- 2000: Chicago Marathon (PB 3:06:03)
- 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2018: 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)
- 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?