Brathay 10in10 Athlete
I am 52 years old and live in Leigh near Manchester with my wife Yuk-Lam and our two children Abbey (aged 18) and Lucas (aged 16). During the day I run my own family steel business in Wigan with my brother, Paul.
I ran my first marathon 25 years ago on 13th October 1996 in Manchester, I finished the race and 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 fewer marathons per year - but the reverse seems to have happened! Only nine years on and I have now run 362 and I have many more planned!
I am a member of my local running club, Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners, where I am also the club treasurer.
I have completed the Brathay 10in10 EIGHT times. In 2015 I completed it with my best time, averaging 3 hrs 31'56 per day. However, I think my proudest achievement is simply finishing it in 2018 having retired from the event in 2017. I was so nervous returning after pulling out injured the previous year. I found the delayed 2020 event the most difficult due to the relentless heavy rain, cold and strong winds - the 'Monsoon Event'. It was great to return in 2021, only 7 months later, to enjoy much better spring conditions.
- run marathons in 15 countries
- completed the London marathon 11 times
- run up Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon
- completed 44 marathons in 2015 (a personal record)
- completed 362 marathons and 75 half marathons
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 Marathon course helps me, 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. I hope to extend my record of the most Brathay 10in10’s and the number of laps run of the course. Even with all my experience of this event, I am under no illusion of how difficult this will be. I have failed it once before and know that my body, particularly my knees, is wearing. It won’t be easy but I am committed to extending the endurance records of this event.
Once again I hope to bring my personal brand of positivity, energy, and a splash of pink, back to Brathay Hall over the 10 days. Since starting running the 10in10 back in 2011, I have raised over £48,000 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 - my PB 3hrs06'03
- 2011: Brathay 10in10 - my first Brathay 10in10
- 2012: Enigma Quadzilla - 4 marathons in 4 days
- 2014: Edindurgh Marathon Festival - ran 5K, 10K, Half & Marathon over 2 days
- 2015: Amsterdam Marathon & Half Marathon - completed both on the same day
- 2016: Hell of a Hill 5 Marathions in 5 Days
- 2016: Equinox 24 Hour Event - ran 100 miles
- 2017: Lakeland 50
- 2018: Chester Marathon - my 100th marathon in 3hrs30
- 2021: Brathay 10in10 - my eigth Brathay 10in10 completion!
- 2022: Brathay 10in10 Donate