I ran my first road race in June 2011 inspired by colleagues and friends.
It was then that I realised my true sporting passion.
Since then I have competed in over twenty more races.
These events have ranged from 5 km to the marathon, mostly in my home county of Essex or where my family reside.
Every race presents different challenges outside runner’s control, such as the competition, course and weather.
However, I have done my best to refine those fitness components I can determine, such as staying injury-free, training adequately and preparing psychologically.
The memories of every performance will last a lifetime, along with all my medals and t-shirts I have accumulated.
Each of my races has taught me valuable lessons about expectation, pacing and perseverance.
I have proved to myself I can lead a race from the start, compete with top local runners, withstand severe discomfort to record a personal best and even overcome fear to achieve a dream.
Some races have been preparation for more important efforts, but on some occasions no amount of hard work would result in the outcome I wanted.
Ultimately, I have learnt that huge improvements can be made by acknowledging the importance of structured specific training, and not solely focusing on technology.