I was an active child growing up. Like many sporty boys living in England I enjoyed playing and watching football. I never shied away from sports, enjoying playing basketball, snooker, tennis and cricket.
Athletics was just one of many pursuits I discovered.
My Physical Education classes were some of my best times at school. My teachers described me as “highly competitive” and a “reliable, hardworking and talented sportsman”.
Other highlights include winning three borough basketball championships and earning top school honours in cross country running.
At university I became obsessed with strengthening my body, visiting the campus sports centre gym daily.
Over the three years I made many friends, became a valued employee and again embraced competitive sports. I spent time improving skills in racket sports such as badminton, squash and tennis. I became lean and strong through weight training, indoor triathlons and intense workouts such as CrossFit.
Before I ran my first competitive road race I had built a respectable fitness base and learnt the basics of effective training; a consistent routine fuelled by passion in a competitive environment.