Brathay 10in10 Athlete
Hi, I'm Simon, I am 40 years old and I live in Stoke on Trent with my wife Amy. I have been a PE teacher at Cannock Chase High School for the past 14 years. Working with young people and helping them to achieve their full potential was something that I always wanted to do.
Brathay's work with young people and their families is something that really resonates with me because I have been helping young people for most of my adult life and I see this 10in10 challenge as an extension of my work with young people, albeit in a much more physically demanding way!
I have already altered my training so that I can not only complete the 10in10 but complete it to the very best of my ability, as I want everyone who sponsors me to know that I will be giving it my absolute best effort and over the coming weeks and months I will continue to focus my training to this aim.
Health and fitness has always been a huge part of my life and since 2017 I have slowly developed my running to a point where I now feel confident enough to take on the challenge of the Brathay 10in10. Prior to 2017 I would run the occasional half marathon and 10k but it was never really a focus until I stopped playing football, it was then that I decided to enter more races.
Since turning 40 last year I have focused on running and nothing else, I decided that I wanted to see how far I could take it. I celebrated my 40th birthday with a 40-mile run which I completed in 5hrs 48 mins, I had never come close to running that distance before so it gave me a huge confidence boost.
In February I entered the Lakeland Trails Virtual 250k, I set myself the ambitious target to complete it in 7 days - ambitious, as I wasn't putting that kind of mileage in over a month at that point. I completed the distance in a week which gave me another confidence boost, especially as I ran three back-to-back marathons over the first three days and a 37 mile run on my final day.
Also this year, I decided to join the North Staffs Road Runners Association, because I wanted to compete and race instead of just running, and I am currently top of my age category group which I am very proud of, I am now regularly placing in the top 10 of these local races as my times have improved. To date, I have run 21 races already this year and I am looking forward to many more.
I am extremely grateful to Brathay Trust for the opportunity to take part in this event and to raise money for such a great cause, I am looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends.
Good luck to everyone involved and thank you to everyone who sponsors me and all the other athletes.
- 2017: Buxton Half Marathon
- 2017: Potters Half Marathon
- 2017: Liverpool Half Marathon
- 2018: 4 Villages Half Marathon
- 2018: Great North West Half Marathon
- 2018: Lakeland Trails Helvellyn 15K
- 2019: Cheshire Half Marathon
- 2019: Grasmere Gallop
- 2019: Langdale Half Marathon
- 2019: Borrowdale Half Marathon
- 2020: Wolverhampton Trail Half Marathon
- 2020: Oulton Park Half Marathon
- 2020: Cheshire Half Marathon
- 2021: Tatton Park Half Marathon
- 2021: ASICS Windermere Marathon
- 2021: Uttoxeter Half Marathon
- 2022: Brathay 10in10 Donate