Road Racing

Southend Half Marathon

Racing Story

I ran my first road race in the summer of 2011 because colleagues and friends at my university sports centre encouraged me. It was at this time that I found my true sporting passion.

Since then I have accumulated almost twenty more racing experiences. These events have ranged from 5 km to the marathon distance, mostly in my home county but also close to where my family are located.

Every race presents different challenges outside the control of runners, such as the competition, course and weather. Current fitness (including being injury-free), previous training and psychological preparation are all factors that runners can determine before, and use during, a race. 

The memories of those performances will stay with me for the rest of my life, along with all my participation medals and t-shirts.

Racing Lessons

Each of my races has taught me valuable lessons about expectation, pacing and perseverance. This has meant I am now a more adaptable runner, enduring a relatively high threshold of pain.

I have proved that I can lead a race from the start, compete with top local runners, withstand severe pain to record a personal best and even overcome fear to achieve a dream.

Competitors have heightened my experienced, through either inadvertently pacing them, coaching them to the finish or running beside them.

Some races have been preparation for more important efforts, but on some occasions no amount of hard work would generate the success I wanted.

Ultimately, I have learnt that huge improvements can be made by acknowledging the importance of structured training, and not becoming a slave to technology.

My Racing History

Bungay Marathon: 3:15:26 (17th)
Witham May Day 5 Mile: 29:43 (11th)
Hardwick 10km: 38:18 (12th)

Chelmsford Marathon: 3:13:21 (41st)

Colchester Half Marathon: 1:28:52 (107th)
Witham May Day 5 Mile: 30:15 (34th)
Southend Half Marathon: 1:22:50 (29th)
Maldon Half Marathon: 1:24:10 (4th)
Chelmsford Marathon: 3:17:59 (55th)

Chelmsford Marathon: 3:38:03 (129th)

Halstead and Essex Marathon: 3:45:48 (172nd)
Chelmsford Marathon: 4:04:49 (336th)

Robin Hood Marathon: 4:31:41 (614th)

Colchester Half Marathon: 1:41:24 (236th)
Southend-on-Sea 10km Classic: 43:57 (164th)
Southwold 10km: 41:37 (49th)

Southend Half Marathon: 1:29:20 (96th)
Harwich Sprint Triathlon: 1:22:35 (103rd)
Basildon 5km: 19:53 (20th)
Chicago Half Marathon: 1:35:19 (404th)