• Occupation: MD of Ezytrac Property Management, a 'buy to let' property management business based in Lincoln.
  • Years Running: Competitively 1.5 years although I have always tried to run around 6 miles a week.
  • Favourite race: London Marathon - such a great experience! Next to getting married and the birth of my children, this was the best day of my life! I gained a 'Golden Bond' place through Cancer Research for the 2015 race and raised 4,000. It was at a time when my father was suffering from cancer and I was pleased that he lived long enough to see me complete the run. He died a few months afterwards.
  • Least Favourite Race: The Belvoir half marathon - I don't know why but I just didn't enjoy the event.
  • Why did you start running? I promised myself that I would attempt to run a marathon before I was 50 - and left it until I was 49! My father's illness was the catalyst to apply for a place in the London Marathon with Cancer Research.
  • Injuries received?: I suffered from cramp during the last 6 miles of the London Marathon and somehow managed to stagger home, but picked up an IT band injury that kept me out for 6 months. Annoyingly, I had a few months of costly treatment from a Sports Therapist that got me nowhere. It was only when I went to see the doctor and he put me on a course of anti inflamatories that the injury started to heal. Lesson learned is to always go to the doctor first!
  • Furthest Distance ran?: London Marathon.
  • Trainers worn: Saucony.
  • Top tip from your experience: Failing to plan is planning to fail. My training for the London Marathon wasnt particularly well planned. Apart from the Ashby 20, the furthest I ran during training was 16 miles and I didn't do any cross training or strength exercises. It was not surprising that the wheels fell off after 20 miles. During the final 7.2km, I passed 34 runners but 1,117 passed me! I am preparing for the Manchester Marathon on April 10th and my training plan has been geared around achieving a time of sub 3.20 (which will give me a fast Good for Age entry into the London Marathon for 2017 - as long as they don't move the goalposts!). My training plan this year has been much more structured and included 3 long runs (23.5 miles), park runs, cross training and lots of lunges/squats. I have also benefited from the Thursday night marathon training session with the club. I would like to get to more club training sessions but with work and two daughters (aged 13 and 10) club night sessions often clash with collecting the girls from dancing or music classes.
  • How many miles do you run per week? Following the IT band injury I only got back to running again on November 1st (but had spent the summer in the gym to maintain a bit of fitness). Since Christmas I have aimed to run 50 miles a week and have peaked with two weeks in February when I have run 60 miles.
  • Favourite Running Kit? TomTom GPS Watch
  • Other hobbies? I used to play a lot of squash until I picked up a shoulder injury so have now retired. I also enjoy watching football on TV (too much according to my wife!).