history first started running about 5 years ago when i realised i was getting a bit too fat. all i wanted to do was run 10K in under an hour... clocked up my first one in 1 hour and a few seconds. i was sooooo gutted i gave up but with the following years race looming i did a bit more training. broke the magic hour and decided that a 10 miler was possible, after all, it is only a bit further than a 10K!!! this of course led to the 1/2 marathon before i was goaded into my first marathon in 2004 (edinburgh) since then i have ran 13 more but this year i became a dad at the old age of 40. training all but stopped but through sheer determination and a whole 4 weeks lunchtime running i dragged myself through the Loch ness marathon (has a few wee hills in it...) in my seond slowest ever (4:20) time but it was the most enjoyable and satisfying to date because of what i achieved.
why you should train me: apart from sympathy... I'm just an ordinary blokerecently hit 40. has a slightly bigger belly than he really should and as my father in law said when he forst saw me " doesn't have the body of a runner...!!!" i represent a lot of the average runners out there. bit more stamina than most & i have a love for the sport. plan on running a minimum of 4 marathons a year until i die (hopefully at least another 60 years in me...) i've always completed every race i have started. i am what the average runner should not look like but does...
Predicted time: with the right training i will break 4 hours again, without it i woul dbe happy with a sub 4:10
the bar is appealing but i feel you are paying over the odds just to run and get drunk. i am looking for one more marathon this year as i want to do 5 a year and this appeals apart from the high cost. pity about the loss of cardiff as well. looks like i now only have a choice of 2 in wales.