New article on the Run Leeds website

Run Leeds

I’ve written an article for the Run Leeds website about my e-book. You can find the article at this link here.

Santa Dash in Liverpool
Santa Dash in Liverpool

Here is the transcript: 

It is that time of year when people start to think of entering the festive spirit and maybe even entering fun runs such as a Santa Dash. I did this very same thing back in 2012 when a friend of mine asked me if I fancied taking part in the Liverpool 5k Santa Dash. I was not a runner, I was nowhere near looking like a runner, but I was fun and at least I had the same physique at the time as Santa! I entered and really enjoyed myself. I was running, ok, run-walking the 5k around Liverpool City Centre with 8,000 other fun runners. It was like nothing else I had ever taken part in before in my life!

I decided that even though I had got round the course ok and had a lot of fun, I really needed to be a lot fitter than I was, and that now was the time to do something about it. What happened over the next 20 months is documented in my first eBook ‘How a Fat Sweaty Santa Became a Marathon Runner’. It documents the highs and lows and some of the thought processes I went through as I slowly tried to increase my distances and to try and ‘become a runner’.

Many people have spoken to me over the last few years that ‘my story’ would be a good read and that it would be fun and entertaining for people to be able to read. I have enjoyed demonstrating to other people that running can be fun, running can be enjoyable, and whilst it can be a lot of hard work you get out of it what you put into it. This eBook goes into greater detail as to how I went about going from being red faced as well as in a red Santa suit, from being a marathon runner, and all the different experiences along the way.

‘How a Fat Sweaty Santa Became a Marathon Runner’ has been published on Amazon and retails for just £2.99 and is available for Kindle eBook readers, and also the Kindle Reader eBook app (available on iPhone and Android phones and tablets).  The link to the eBook on Amazon is

I am told that it is a fun, enjoyable read that is inspiring and honest. I really do hope that you buy a copy to download and read it. If it can help anyone who is somewhere on the journey of just setting out running or trying to up their distances then I will be a happy Santa / marathon runner / author!

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