• Age: MV50
  • Occupation: IT Analyst
  • Years Running: Nearly 19 (I did my first training run in May 1996)
  • Favourite race: I have several, mainly long distance multi terrain events in the peak district, and I also have a great affection for the Great North Run as well. This may explain why I'll be doing my 19th consecutive GNR this year.
  • Least Favourite Race: I don't think I have one - unless it's the one I'm doing at the time if I'm having a bad run.
  • Why did you start running? I'd started swimming and going to the gym as I wanted to lose weight (I was pushing 14 stone which, for me, was too heavy). The company I worked for (now called Experian) took over sponsorship of the Nottingham marathon and half marathon and encouraged staff to sign up
  • Injuries received?: Apart from the usual occasional pulled or strained muscle, the only big issue I've had is knee surgery. I now have little or no cartilage in my right knee. Perhaps 1 (hundred) marathons too many?
  • Furthest Distance ran?: In one go, 50 miles (in 9.5 hours), though I did once run 2 marathons in 2 days and 3 in 8 days.
  • Trainers worn: I started with Asics then Brooks, then Nike but I've settled on Saucony
  • Top tip from your experience: Don't worry if you're not super fast. Run to your ability and don't push your body beyond what it is capable of.
  • How many miles do you run per week? It depends if I've got an event but, on a normal week it's about 9-10 as that's as much as I can risk with my knee.
  • Other hobbies? Triathlon / duathlon (GB age group at all distances from sprint to ironman) and I virtually live at the gym / pool or on my bike. Apart from that, I try to get to see as much live rock music as is practical.