Formerly an overweight, exercise shy smoker, I ran my first ultramarathon, the 33 mile D33, in March 2010. I quickly followed this up with my first – and to date only – DNF (Did Not Finish) at the Highland Fling the following month. In August 2010, I ran the 36.5 mile Speyside Way Race for the first time, ending my first year of ultramarathons with a finish.
2011 saw me start and finish 6 ultramarathons, including the D33, The Highland Fling, The Cateran Trail Ultramarathon, The Clyde Stride, The Devil O’ The Highlands and the Speyside Way Race.
In 2012 I returned to the aforementioned 6 ultramarathons and also ran the 95 mile West Highland Way Race, completing this gruelling race at the first attempt despite apocalyptic weather, explosive diarrhoea and projectile vomiting!
In 2013 I completed the D33 ultramarathon despite practically no training, a ‘strategy’ (not recommended!) brought about by the birth of my son Harris on 28th February 2013.
It quickly became apparent to me that the demands of a newborn baby and my goal of being the best possible dad did not sit well alongside ultramarathon training and I ‘retired’ temporarily from the ultramarathon scene, focussing instead on the more family friendly running goals of improving my running form and seeking to beat PB times set approximately 5 years previously.
In 2013 I was selected as a PUMA PB Ambassador by PUMA and The Running Bug, receiving physio, nutritional and training advice with a view to helping me beat my 1/2 Marathon PB. Unfortunately 5 weeks of injury in the build up to the race, the Great Scottish Run, robbed me of my PB but I did, however, come close to smashing my PB time and ran faster than I have in almost 5 years!
2014 has been all about parenthood, weight loss, and a continued focus on form, with more of an activity mix than in previous years, mixing up the running with more walking, swimming, cycling and cross training.
2015 should hopefully see my return to the ultramarathon distance, all going to plan!
Since starting www.pixelscotland.com, I have contributed to www.therunningbug.co.uk (Blog posts & reviews), Ultra Tales (Race reports & Jez Bragg Interview) and Barefoot Running Magazine (Product reviews from Issue 8, Spring 2013 onwards).