I have been running for a number of years. I originally started running to improve my fitness and lose a bit of weight, but I soon caught the running bug.

 

I have competed in races from 5k up to marathon. I have also taken part in a number of adventure races such as Tough Mudder, Total Warrior, Mens Health Survival of the fittest and my personal favourite Brooks Hell Runner.

 

My race times are nothing amazing, but I hope that is what inspires other people. I am just an average guy trying to achieve and help other people achieve their goals, no matter how way out there they may appear to be at first. Its all about breaking down big goals into smaller achievable targets that eventually lead you to achieving your goal, a bit like stepping stones.

 

                   

 After the 2012 Olympic Games in London, I felt inspired to start making a difference. I booked myself on a Run England Leadership in Running Fitness course and Walk Jog Run was born. I had the vision that I would run groups for complete beginners. Helping them to build the fitness and confidence that would make them feel comfortable in joining one of the local running groups. The first beginners group I ran consisted of three want to be runners. We followed an 8 week training that I had drawn up. At the end of the 8 weeks we all started and finished the Hull Parkrun in East Park, Hull.


It was at this point I thought the three runners would leave me and either go join one of the running clubs or continue their running journey on their own. I was wrong, they all wanted to carry on with me and wanted to train for the forthcoming Lincoln 10K. So the Walk Jog Run Intermediate Wednesday Group was formed. Two other runners joined the Wednesday Group, both had some experience of running but wanted to join a group and build up to running a 10k. The 6 of us followed a 12 week training plan with the goal of completing the Lincoln 10k 2013.

It was a superb achievement by all that took part, with some superb times, especially for a first attempt at a 10k. All the runners wanted to carry on with the Wednesday Group after the Lincoln event. We then set our sights on Owsten Ferry 10k.

As well as the Wednesday Night group, I carried on running the Monday Beginners Group. I continued to have success getting people from the couch to running their first 5k, but now there was a local Parkrun, as Scunthorpe Parkrun was launched in Central Park.

I have continued to run both the Beginners Group and the intermediate group and a year on from first starting the Beginners Group, Walk Jog Run has got bigger than I ever thought it would. The transformations and achievements I am witnessing, keep me motivated to not only build on the success of Walk Jog Run, but to strive to better myself.

 

After completing a number of 10k Races the Wednesday group turned their attention to half marathon training. They all entered Mablethorpe Half Marathon 5th October 2014 and then set about training for it. They all showed the same dedication to training for the Half Marathon as they had to training for their first 5 and 10k's.

In July 2014, encouraged and inspired  by the success of Walk Jog Run, I completed Ironman Zurich. It was my second ever Triathlon and my first Ironman. The approach to training for an Ironman was no different to any other event. I worked backwards from the date of event and planned in suitable training. It took a lot of dedication and hard work, but it was more than worth the effort. 

Its amazing what you can achieve with a little belief and a lot of hard work. Little did I know when I started running to get fit, that I was starting the journey towards becoming an Ironman.

Who knows where your running journey could take you........