Brathay 10in10 Athlete
I am from East Yorkshire, 48 years old and I work as an IT Test Analyst. In my free time I am a lifelong supporter of Hull City AFC, a keen cyclist, and I run (obviously).
I first started running in early 2012, primarily as a fundraising activity for a charity that helps children with life-limiting conditions to fulfil their dreams. In that year I ran several 10Ks and half marathons and I caught the bug for running.
This continued into 2013 when I again raised funds for a charity that helps to grant the wishes of seriously ill children. It was during this challenge that I made my first foray into a full marathon after winning a ballot entry for London.
2014 saw me complete my first Windermere Marathon and my application to the 2015 10in10 followed shortly after that. Being accepted into the event was the catalyst for my new focus on long distance and marathon running.
From there I became locked in to supporting the work of Brathay Trust and although I enjoy challenging myself over the 10 days of marathon running, it is raising funds for the charity that is the main draw for me. I continue to be inspired by the stories and testimonies of the children and young adults whose lives are turned around by Brathay. “There but for the grace of God, go I.”
My attempt to run my 4th Brathay 10in10 in 2019 was curtailed by a serious injury which devastated me, and it is my wish to return in 2020 to right some wrongs and fulfil my promises to supporters and to the charity.
Since that first full marathon in 2013, I have now completed 131 marathons and I am looking forward to adding to my total as I prepare and train for 2020.
In the six years that I have been involved in fundraising, and with truly wonderful support from those around me, I’ve been able to raise £24,000. I’m looking forward to taking that number at least £3,000 higher because of this 10in10 adventure. That is a huge motivation when I’m out on those long training runs through winter and through the 10in10 on the days when everything hurts.
My hopes for the event are that I stay injury free, complete all 10 marathons, make my supporters proud and bring in as much money as I can for the Trust. My fears are real: injury breakdown, emotional breakdown and fundraising. I can try and control the first two, but not the third. So please support me.
- 2013: London Marathon
- 2014: ASICS Windermere Marathon
- 2015 & 2017: Enigma Quadzilla
- 2015, 2017 & 2018: Brathay 10in10
- 2016: Istanbul Marathon
- 2017: Ultimate Trails 55K
- 2018: Lakeland 50M
- 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?