Smiles through the miles
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!
Since those early days of setting out running, I have now ran over 100 races, including four marathons, a duathlon, a sprint triathlon, and coming up to 200 parkruns. Running is good fun. It helps you see the country and meet lots of new friends. I highly recommend trying it!
I am currently training for my fifth marathon, the Run For All Yorkshire Marathon that takes place in York on 20th October 2019. I am looking forward to getting myself ready over the coming months and getting plenty of miles in my legs before then. Please keep your fingers crossed for a dry, not too warm summer!
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