Early Running

I began my running career on the athletics track and cross country trails

Not on the roads.

In high school I loved sports days.

I competed for my school at Borough Track and Field Championships and Under 15 Essex County Championships.

My chosen event was the 800m; I achieved a personal best of 2:36.

I also competed in multiple Borough Cross Country Championships.

I left high school with full honours for cross country and half honours for athletics.

Although I was one of the best runners in my year my achievements reflected my preference for longer distances away from the track.

I didn’t know as a teenager that running would become a lifelong passion.

But my natural enthusiasm to race locally sowed the seed.


After a two-year break to focus on my studies I began running again when I enrolled at university.

Most of the miles were run on the campus gym treadmills.

It was on New Year’s Day 2010 that I ran for the first time outside, alone.

For the next year and a half I continually challenged myself on pavements, trails and treadmills, improving my fitness with relatively unstructured training.

My only running race was a university cross country meet.

Around this time I became a vegetarian and teetotal, lifestyle choices I believe made me a stronger athlete.