PUMA PB Challenge Ambassador

On Friday 5th July 2013, I received a call from James at The Running Bug to let me know that I had been selected as the PUMA PB Challenge Ambassador for the 1/2 Marathon distance. 

I couldn’t believe that I had been picked, from all of the people that had entered, to try and beat my 1/2 Marathon PB, and to try and inspire others to do the same.

The date for the PB attempt was set – 6th October at The Great Scottish Run in Glasgow.

Given that my running had fallen into decline since the birth of my son, Harris, back on 28th February, it was just what I needed – a goal, something that I could aim for that would not take me away from my family to the same extent that my ultramarathon training had done previously.

From the outset, my fellow PUMA PB Challenge Ambassadors and myself were treated to the best PUMA trainers and apparel, excellent coaching, physio and nutrition advice, trips to London, the chance to meet with former British 5000 metres runner, Rob Denmark, winner of the gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and the silver medal at the 1994 European Championships in Helsinki, and the support of The Running Bug and our fellow Running Bug members.

Unfortunately, for me it was not to be. Just 5 weeks before The Great Scottish Run I picked up an injury and, after weeks of interrupted running that was far from the prescribed training regimen, I had all but written off any chances of a PB. Indeed, as the race loomed ever closer, I was unsure if I would even be in a position to start.

With the assistance of Allan Bruce, a friend with whom I ran my first ever 1/2 marathon, I did toe the line in Glasgow on 6th October, not convinced that I would even make it round the 13.1 mile route.

Despite still carrying an injury, I finished in a time of 1:52:50, just short of my 1:51:05 PB.

Despite the disappointment of  not smashing my PB, I can’t help but be happy with the result on the day, as summarised in the blog post –

I learned a lot throughout the PUMA PB Challenge and am grateful to have had the support of PUMA and The Running Bug for the 3 month duration of the challenge.

Huge congratulations to the other PUMA PB Challenge Ambassadors who all achieved new PBs at their respective races.

I have documented my journey through a series of posts below:

London visit, 28th August 2013