An Unlikely Runner, Blogger, and Selfie fan.
An Unlikely Runner, Blogger, and Selfie fan.

My Running


Pontefract Half Marathon 2019
Pontefract Half Marathon 2019

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!

Smiles through the miles
Smiles through the miles!

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.

Buy my e-book on Amazon

How A Fat Sweaty Santa Became A Marathon Runner

‘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.

Be entertained and inspired by reading this short real life story for just £1.99.

Click here to find the e-book on Amazon.