Brighton Marathon - 2024

Brave pill taken... I ran my first full distance marathon!

Brighton Marathon 2024 

'The coastal, undulating course is perfect for runners looking for a quicker time or to take in the views. It is also renowned for its roaring crowd support!

Despite the wind and it being my first go at a full marathon, I was very pleased to:
a) Complete and
b) Beat my target time!
I ran the 26.2 miles in 4 hours 17 minutes 😁 A fantastic day - our wave was set off by none other than Paula Radcliffe and I got a handshake from Fat Boy Slim who was watching as I completed the last turn onto the seafront. A massive thank you to everyone who donated to Macmillan Cancer Support and to all my family for putting up with way too much talk, strategy and obsession with running over the last few months. It just wouldn't work without the huge support everyone has given me. It's very much appreciated. Some pics from the start, just as I finished and enjoying a much-needed Coke with younger son George who got up very early to come and watch 😁

Hackney Half Marathon - 2022

Elder son Jack and I (together with Jack's girlfriend Bea and a number of their friends) ran the Hackney Half Marathon

Hackney Moves - Hackney Half Marathon 2021 

'The race takes place in the vibrant East London on the flat, fast city route starting and finishing at Hackney Marshes.

You will cruise down Mare Street through a carnival of sound, pass by the famous Town Hall, head through the historic Broadway Market, and then take in Hackney Wick, which is flush with vibrant street art.'

I ran the 13.1 miles in 2 hours 4 mins and 38 seconds and was very pleased with the result. Having only recently recovered from my cycling accident in 2020, I was concerned that my injured thigh would be a problem... and it was! While it didn't slow down my running in the event, I paid for it for a few days after when I could barely walk 😁

Prudential RideLondon 100 - 2013

Good friends Cliff, Colin and I rode in the first Ride London event:

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

Over 25,000 amateur cyclists start in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then cycle through the capital and onto Surrey's country roads and the Surrey Hills before a finish on The Mall in central London.

We were lucky enough to get a place in the first event back in 2013 where over 16,000 riders took part.

I rode the 100 miles in an incredible 4 hours 37 mins and 52 seconds and came in just over a minute and a half behind British athlete and double olympic gold medalist James Cracknell (the first celebrity rider over the line).
Out of over 16,000 riders, we were in the top 760 and 3 and half hours quicker than (then Mayor of London and now Prime Minister) Boris Johnson!

My Current Bike Collection

A selection of commuting, racing and utterly lovely vintage bicycles.

Concorde Colombo (Columbus Steel tube frame)

Litespeed Vortex (Hand made from Titanium in Chattanooga, Tennessee)

Van Nicholas Chinook (Titanium tube frame)

My favourite spot on Alpe d'Huez

Racing - La Ronde Picarde 2019
Around 2000 riders take part in this annual race in the Picardie region of Northern France. Always a treat to have ridden fast enough in the previous year's race to be awarded a place in the 'priority' pen to lead out at the front of the race.
While there's not a huge amount of climbing involved, it's a fast ride that stretches out to 184km (that's around 114 miles in old money). My best time (in 2012) was 5 hours 42 minutes, earning me a Gold 'Brevet d'Or' place.

Racing - La Ronde Picarde 2018

Racing - La Ronde Picarde 2017 (in the pouring rain!)

Racing - La Ronde Picarde 2016

Racing - Fausto Coppi 2018
Around 2800 riders take part in this annual race in Italy. Starting from Cuneo, the Grand Fondo race is 177km (110 miles) long with 4125m of climbing.

Racing - La Marmotte 2012
The ultimate challenge for the amateur rider! Described as one of the toughest sportives in Europe with a total distance of 174.5km and 5,750 metres of climbing in the day. The day starts in Bourg d'Oisans, with around 7,500 riders gathering in the centre of the town. The mountain climbs include Col du Glandon, then Col du Télégraphe, then a tough 14km of climbing to the top of Galibier. After a long descent and another 48km of riding, there's just Alpe d'Huez to conquer and you're done.

2012 was my best ever year and I managed to complete the ride fast enough to be awarded Gold. A very, very happy day holding that certificate - Brevet d'Or.