In early 2000 I was overweight and unfit, and approaching my 39th birthday. I realised that I was on a bad path, and so I started "running", mixing trotting and walking. I'd done no exercise since school, and it took me six weeks to be able to run one mile.
One mile became two, and then I learned to swim front crawl and to ride a bike again. In 2003 I ran my first marathon, in Berlin, and did my first sprint triathlon. By that time I had lost 11 kg and was a size 8 instead of a 16.
Three years later I finished my first iron-distance triathlon, Challenge Roth in Germany. I've done that race four times, the most recent being in 2012 when I was 10th in my age group in the European Triathlon Union Long Distance Championships.
In addition I've completed nearly 20 stand alone marathons and many shorter triathlons and running races, and have won my age group in three triathlons (Marshman 2009, Mini-Marshman 2010 and Eton Dorney Triathlon Sprint 2013).
In 2013 I graduated from Loughborough University with a First in Sport and Exercise Science, and at present I am a part-time PhD student at the University of Portsmouth.
I gained my Gym Instructor's qualification in 2005 and became a Personal Trainer in February 2014. I am also a Running Technique Instructor and Suspended Movement Instructor.