My first half marathon, in 2011, was life changing.
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 somewhere spectacularly lumpy, and the great health, happiness and friendships it rewards with. And the opportunity to scoff a lot of cake.
Abroad, I've completed the 105-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc four times, the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, the Ice Ultra in Arctic Sweden, and placed in the top 10 at several Ultra-Trail Word Tour races.
I hold records for Fastest Known Times (FKTs) on Britain's longest National Trail, the 630-mile South West Coast Path (supported, 2016), and the 230-mile Cape Wrath Trail (self-supported, mixed gender with Beth Pascall, 2018).
I've completed a Bob Graham Round, a Charlie Ramsay Round and a Paddy Buckley Round (albeit in 25:40). For what it's worth, my marathon PB is 2:38 (Manchester Marathon, 2018).
29 June, Ultimate Trails, 55K
20 July, Eiger Ultra Trail, 101km
10 August, MudCrew The Rat, 32 miles
5 Sept, Ultra Tour Monte Rosa, 105 miles
24th, TransGranCanaria, 79 miles
2018 (7th, Ultra-Trail World Tour)
5th, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), 105 miles
2nd, Mozart 100, 64 miles
1st, Ultimate Trails 55K
6th, Madeira Island Ultra-Trail, 71 miles
1st, Ice Ultra, 142 miles
12th, UTMB, 105 miles
7th, Lavaredo Ultra Trail, 75 miles
13th, Marathon des Sables, 142 miles
19th, UTMB, 105 miles
2nd, Highland Fling (UK Ultra Trail Champs), 53 miles
4th, The Coastal Challenge, 146 miles
29th, UTMB, 105 miles
3rd, Dragon's Back Race, 195 miles
3rd, The Spine Race, 268 miles
2nd (joint), Cotswold Way Century, 102 miles
4th, The Spine Race, 268 miles