My first half-marathon, in 2011, was life changing. In 2012 I ran my first marathon and ultramarathon. Four years later, I was running for Great Britain.
Trail ultramarathon running has become a, mostly healthy, addiction. The sport brings out my competitive nature, but it's much more about having a big sweaty adventure, usually somewhere spectacularly lumpy, and the great health, happiness and friendships it rewards with. And the opportunity to scoff a lot of cake.
In the UK, I've placed on the podium at the 268-mile Spine Race, the Dragon's Back Race (5th OA) and the 2016 British Athletics Ultra Trail Championships, which earned me a call-up to the Great Britain team for the IAU Trail World Championships.
Abroad, I've placed in the top 20 at both the 105-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (x2), in the Alps, and the Marathon des Sables, in the Sahara Desert; in the top 10 at the 2017 Lavaredo Ultra Trail and 1st at the 2018 Ice Ultra in Arctic Sweden.
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