Brathay 10in10 Athlete
I am 49-years-old, married to the wonderful Cheryl and I have three fantastic children - Ben 21, Annabel 19 and Kate 13. I am a commercial solicitor by day and running provides the balance I need.
I was fortunate enough to run the 2019 Brathay 10in10. After days two and three I wondered why anyone in their right mind would want to do it again. By day seven I was wishing it was day two again and by day 10 I didn’t want to go home. It was an incredible experience with an amazing group of people and the best support team you could ask for. So, I couldn’t wait to apply and run again.
I began running in 2000 and my first marathon was the London Marathon. My finishing photo is not a pretty sight but it gave me my first taste and the enjoyment of getting to the finish line. I have since run 117 marathons which includes 14 ultras. I have been fortunate enough to participate in races around the world including New York, Tokyo, the Brecon Beacons, the Marathon Des Sables (MDS), the Swiss Alps, Berlin, Paris, Los Angeles, Chicago, Malcolm’s Gin Pit Double and of course Windermere.
In many respects whilst the scenery changes the challenge, the feeling of just being out there, is the real motivation. The MDS had a number of memorable moments, as did the Victoria Falls marathon in Zimbabwe. But my stand out running memory to date is the New York Marathon with Ben, when he was 18, in 2016. The feeling of crossing the finish line with him knowing just how hard he had worked to complete his first run was amazing. Running has an incredible ability to inspire people.
That said, I never take anything for granted. The marathon can turn on you without warning. Preparation and learning as much as possible from other runners, and particularly those that have already completed this incredible challenge, will be part of my plan leading up to May’s 10in10.
The work of Brathay is my primary motivation for taking part. Anything that promotes and improves the lives of young people in today’s demanding society must be supported. Some young people just need a chance and Brathay provides that. I aim to try and repeat last year’s fundraising effort for Brathay which exceeded £13,000.
I have no doubt at all that there will be moments, again, when I ask myself what on earth I am doing. I will simply remind myself that I am lucky to be out there.
- 2008, 2009, 2012 & 2016: ASICS Windemere Marathon
- 2019: Brathay 10in10
- 2020: Brathay 10in10
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?