- 5k PB –
- 10k PB- 37:27 – British 10k 2012
- Half marathon PB- 1:23:25 – Bath Half Marathon 2011
- Marathon PB-
- 100k PB –
I have always been relatively active, but never took running too seriously when I was younger. In 2006 I did my first event, which was a half marathon, on my birthday. Why…? Just because – no particular reason other than I thought it was a good challenge. Did I train… NO
My next event was in 2007 where I thought I would try and better my time, which I did by 10 minutes. Did I train…? Not really, I’m just stubborn.
My next event was not until 2009, again a half marathon, but this time I was not fit. Not only had I not been running, but I had put on weight and not been training at all… A will to achieve can only get you so far, and I suffered in this event, and ended with shin splints as a reward.
This was the start of my running, I decided I needed to put a bit of effort in and spent the next couple of years doing 10k and half marathons, and realised I was good. I was quickly smashing PBs regularly. I started to train, for the first time I was training. I then decided to try a marathon, and I decided this would be the London Marathon in 2011. Of course I did not get into the ballot, which left charity. Lots of good causes but I decided that I would pick a smaller charity for animals; Save the Rhino. Only problem is there was an option to wear their huge rhino costume, and if you know me, you know I can’t help but love a challenge, so you guessed it, my first marathon was in a rhino costume, I was “horny Paul”. I went off too fast and suffered, but hey, at least it was a PB. It did not take long to shave hours off my time… Literally!
Shortly after this I was presented with an opportunity to pace a half marathon for Xempo. The rest is history. I found a love for pacing… I spent the last few years massively chasing PBs and pushing myself to deliver time and time again, but I found that pacing was so much more rewarding… I am now a regular fixture in the xempo rota for 1:40, and have also helped out at 1:30. This has led to other pacing opportunities, most notably running for Runners World and pacing the London marathon, which I have done since 2013. I have also paced for various other organisations, and find helping people to achieve their goals so much more rewarding than pushing myself further.
2013 something wonderful happened, I was blessed with my first child “Benjamin”, and in 2015 “Amelie” come along. Since then training has not been the same, I have not done any long runs, no speed training, barely any running at all. I have kept a basic level of fitness, but a lack of sleep and no training has meant PBs aren’t an option, but this has not mattered as I’ve opted to pace rather than race.
Now the children are starting to get a little older I will start venturing towards getting some speed back. I badly sprained my ankle just after Amelie was born and could barely walk, I stayed positive and entered an Ironman for 2016… Why?? I thought I would cross train and like a challenge… Have I trained for it? Not really… Will I do it… I AM AN IRONMAN 👌👌👌