I have tried to be active for most of my life, playing lots of sport as a junior, before getting back into physical activity in recent years.
I try to do a new challenge every year as I have found that they give me the motivation to train and get fit. I always leave it to the last minute, and I am currently working now to up my fitness as the CARTEN100 approaches.
I didn’t do a challenge last year due to my Ankle operation, but I feel sufficiently recovered from that get going again this year.
Over the years I have done a number of runs, with a half marathon being the longest distance that I’ve achieved. I have done many 10k charity runs, my favourite being the Yorkshire Lazy Man’s Race, and the Wirral 10k running from Liverpool to Heswell through the Mersey Tunnel.
More recently I have instead taken on walking challenges, with the pinnacle being Base Camp of Everest in 2015. I have also completed the National 3 Peaks twice – North2South and South2North – and completed Hadrians Wall Coast2Coast. In 2017 I thoroughly enjoyed walking Offa’s Dyke with over 170 colleagues from across Wales Public Sector. I surprised myself during 2019 by doing a 5K outdoor swim, and I can honestly say I will not be doing that again, and this year my challenge is the CARTEN100.
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Favourite training route: Rhiwbina – Culverhouse Cross roundabout – Cowbridge – Llantwit Major (stop for a coffee) – St Athans – Barry town – Culverhouse Cross – UHW – Rhiwbina. It’s my furthest training ride to date at 55 miles, which is disturbingly about half of the total distance for CARTEN100!
Favourite pre-ride snack: Cornflakes
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