My first big event was the London Marathon. Since then I have completed 255 marathons, including the “Big Five”: Boston, London, New York, Chicago and Berlin. I’ve also done the Tough Guy twice and the Great North Run 7 times.
After seeing the Marathon des Sables on television I decided it was a good way to raise money for charity. My first MdS was in 1999 and since then I have become one of the UK’s most experienced desert runners – completing 19 desert events all over the world including 3,000 kilometres across the Sahara Desert, completing the Marathon des Sables 7 times and raising £500,000 for charity in the process. Some of my events are listed here.
Marathon des Sables – 7 times
Libya Challenge – twice (report and photos)
Jordan Desert Cup – twice
Mauritania Trans 333 (report and photos)
Gobi March (report and photos)
Boa Vista Desert (report and photos)
Nearly 300, including: London, Chicago, Madrid, Seville, Rotterdam, New York, Boston, Midnight Sun, Trømso, Malta, Madrid, Budapest, Prague, Lisbon, Berlin, Košice, Dublin, Paris, Barcelona
Other sports events
Great North Run
London to Brighton Bike Run
Captain Barclays 1,000 mile challenge
John O Groats to Lands End
Marathon of Britain
I also took part in the BBC Grandstand Captain Berkeley’s challenge: running 1,000 miles in 1,000 hours and helped 3 runners complete John O Groats to Land’s End.
In Athletics, I took part in the World Masters Athletics Championships and have supported and mentored athletes to 21 world records, several World championship medals and 1 Olympic Silver medal.
I also made reserve for the UK athletics team for the Montreal Olympics in the high hurdles.
My Sandblasters team is raising £1 million for the Small Steps charity by running 6 marathons in 6 days in the hottest, coldest, windiest, and driest parts of the planet and the Marathon des Sables.
I got to the quarter finals for the World Squash championships; support Manchester United and several American and Canadian college and professional football teams.
I built the Reebok stadium for Bolton Wanderers and was a consultant for Swindon Town FC.
Fitness and training
Training and diet are important to my sporting success; I follow Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint advice for diet and fitness, Dr Kelly Starrett of MobilityWod and Ronan McCarthy keep me mobile and strong.