About Me

I qualified in 2005 with a BTEC level 4 Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage from the London School of Sports Massage (LSSM). Since establishing myself in the Warwick, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon areas I have treated a variety of sports people of all levels, from local amateur runner to Olympic open water swimmer.

Between 2007 and 2010 I worked voluntarily for the British Triathlon Federation (BTF) at the European and World Triathlon Long Course Championships in Belgium and Holland as well as the World Duathlon Championships in Edinburgh. In 2012 I worked as a Sports Massage Practitioner at Hyde Park, Hampton Court Palace and The Mall as part of a multi-disciplinary team at the London Olympics.

In conjunction with operating a small business and sports massage event work, I attained a distinction from Coventry University in Sport, Exercise and Therapy Science Higher National Diploma (HND). More recently I achieved a 2:1 BSc (Hons) Degree in Sports Therapy from Birmingham University.

I am a member of the Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage (ISRM).

 

Training & Racing

2017

  • Half Brutal Triathlon - After an unusually consistent year, I was able to complete my main focus which was the Half Brutal Triathlon in Llanberis. Finishing mid pack I was happy with my performance. I look forward to training for next year's events.

2018

  • Buff Trail Half Marathon - This year began with a trail half marathon at Coed y Brenin mountain bike centre. Covering the Salomon Trail Marathon route the going was tough with rain/snow and temperature of 1 degree. This was my C-race of 2018.
  • Exmoor Marathon - The B-race of 2018 began in the Heddon Valley on Exmoor. With over 5,500ft of climbing, this offroad trail marathon race was brutal yet beautiful. Rain, fog and muddy conditions made the going tough.
  • Celtman Triathlon - The day started unusually early at 1am. A visit to the local church hall for 3am to pick up a GPS tracker and dibber preceeded being on the bus for 4am. A 15minute drive to the beach followed, for the swim start at 5am. I'd seen it all before, at least 50 times on the Celtman videos. I knew what was coming. I left it until 5minutes before the horn sounded to entrer the 11 degree water and make my way to the front-ish. Surrounded on all sides, by people and below by jellyfish this was no time to stop and adjust goggles or have a panic attack. As I rounded the last island I was looking for a white house, as advised by the race crew. Sure enough a white house appeared followed by a line of white houses, one after the other. So I did what you shouldn't do and follow the person in front and hope they were going the right way. Onto the slipway and it was all a blur. Steve, my support crew, emerged from the masses and led me into transition. On the bike and after 30miles I was on course for my 7 hours, which I'd done in training previously numerous times. Unfortunatley the "50% chance of rain" forecast was wrong and it rained all day. My fingers and hands were so numb I had trouble lifting my drink bottle out of the cage to feed myself. 8.5 hours later I arrived in T2 in Kinlochewe disappointed but thankfull I hadn't binned it. The first couple of miles out of T2 went well and then the hills began. Running into T2A was a relief to find Steve eager to crack on. Unfortunately the climb over Bein Eighe and the blue t-shirt will have to wait for another time. The low course was still challenging with long well defined paths mixed with steep ascents and rocky sections. Having tripped a couple of times and face planted once I was not prepared to injure myself now. So a mixture of running when possible and walking through rocky sections was adopted. Leaving the low course to join the road was a relief and only a mile or so left to go. Crossing the finish line to the awaiting beer was a lovely sight.

 

 

 

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