My first half marathon, in 2011, was life changing.
A year later I ran my first marathon and ultramarathon. Four years later I was representing Great Britain at the Trail World Championships.
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.
In the UK, I've placed on the podium at the Spine Race, the Dragon's Back Race and the most recent British Athletics UK Ultra Trail Championships.
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've also completed a Bob Graham Round, a Charlie Ramsay Round and hold the record for the Fastest Known Time (supported) on Britain's longest National Trail, the 630-mile South West Coast Path.
I'm grateful to be supported by Inov-8, Running Reborn, 33Shake, Mountain Fuel, SunGod,
Petzl and Black Diamond.
I'm also qualified as a UK Athletics Leader in Running Fitness (and currently studying to become a UKA Coach in Running Fitness) and really enjoy coaching runners of all abilities.
4th, The Spine Race, 268 miles
2nd (joint), Cotswold Way Century, 102 miles
3rd, The Spine Race, 268 miles
3rd (5th OA), Dragon's Back Race, 195 miles
29th, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), 105 miles
4th, The Coastal Challenge, 146 miles
2nd, Highland Fling (UK Ultra Trail Champs), 53 miles
19th, UTMB, 105 miles
13th, Marathon des Sables, 142 miles
7th, Lavaredo Ultra Trail, 75 miles
12th (1st Brit, 1st Vet), UTMB, 105 miles
1st, Ice Ultra, 142 miles
6th, Madeira Island Ultra-Trail, 71 miles
2nd, Mozart 100, 64 miles
1st, Ultimate Trails 55K
5th, UTMB (1st Brit, 2nd Vet), 105 miles
Credits: Runner's World, Outdoor Fitness, Athletics Weekly, Mario Pereira, Of Mountains And Minds podcast