I have been running about 5 years, I was doing different events for charity fire walks, sky dives. One of my friends was going to do the Great north run and I thought I would give it ago. I had run 13 miles twice before the GNR, it was very tough and I had doubts I would finish it. I came in at 1hr 42mins. I was happy with that time.
Soon after the GNR I entered my first trail race; Scafell Pike Marathon and I was hooked. The races started to get longer and longer starting with the Marathon and then up to 37miles” ish”, the Old County Tops race then some of the Hardmoors events the 60 / 50 then the Montane Lakeland 50 and then the 100 this year will be my fourth 100 miler.
My first big multi day race was the Druids challenge (the Ridge Way) in preparation for the Marathon des Sable. After coming back from MDS in April I was soon thinking about my next challenge and decided to attempt a Bob Graham Round with a friend. I was going to support him anyway, so I decided to run the whole thing and I managed to complete it in 23:32 unfortunately my friend dropped out at Wasdale.
Four weeks later I completed the Lakeland 100. These were my three big events in 2015.
The next year my three big races were the Montane Spine race, Cape Wrath and the Lakeland 100.
The Spine race was the first race that I had DNF. I got hyperthermia and retired I found this really hard to deal with the thought of failure, but I knew I would be back.
The next years races would be the Spine race again where I came joint 13th, the Dragons back race north to South Wales and the LL 100 again. The Montane and Lakeland 100 are fantastic events that keeps pulling me back year after year.
That brings me to 2019 and The Spine Race again. Under the toughest conditions as usual, Jasmine Paris became the first female to win the Spine Race and also broke the record by an amazing 12 hours in 83 hours 12 minutes. I finished in fourth place with a time of 108 hours 37 minutes, 20 hours faster than my 2018 result where I also finished fourth.
And there was one more challenge to think of, 3 years ago at the end of the Spine race in KY my wife noticed a plaque on the wall that said KY – Cape Wrath.
And that was it the seed was planted so this really is my wife’s fault after doing CW ultra in 2016 and the Pennine way twice it makes sense to join the two up, I am in no doubt that this challenge is mammoth but a task and adventure that I am willing to undertake as it has never been ran before.
The hardest part I think will be being apart from my family my wife Emma and boys Ethan and Harrison all of
which support me in all my crazy runs.