After years of being involved with rugby league, I decided that I needed to do something different – something for me, something to challenge me, and to try a new world that was different from the world I had lived previously.
A friend suggested to me that I should take part in the Liverpool Santa Dash with them that coming year – December 2012. I started off not being able to run to the end of the road. I had a lot of work to do to be able to run 5k.
Being a ‘heavy lad’, it was going to do me good though to gain some form of fitness. I went out after dark and drove away from my home area, and started running bit by bit, until I can run further each time. I would reach my target of being able to run 5k – and I would be dressed as Santa too!
After taking part in the Liverpool Santa Dash with 8,000 other Santas, I had caught the running bug and wanted to do more of it. Mass participation running events are an amazing coming together of communities and it was something I wanted to be part of. Within the next 20 months, I had taken part in my first ever marathon!
You can read about this story and this amazing transition from inactivity to being a marathon runner in my ebook that I wrote – How A Fat Sweaty Santa Became A Marathon Runner. It is available for sale on Amazon now.
Since those early days of setting out running, I have now ran over 100 races, including FIVE marathons, a duathlon, a sprint triathlon, and coming over 200 parkruns. Running is good fun. It helps you see the country and meet lots of new friends. I highly recommend trying it!
In October 2019, I completed my FIFTH, and final marathon. It was the Run For All Yorkshire Marathon – a highly recommended event run by amazing people with great support on the route.
There’s nothing quite like a marathon finishing straight.
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‘How A Fat Sweaty Santa Became A Marathon Runner’ is the story of how I went from not being able to run all of the distance of a charity fun run to completing my first marathon race.
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