I started doing athletics in 1993 and specialized in the sprint hurdles in 1999, where I became one of the top hurdlers in the UK, ranking as high as 4th in the national standards in 2000/2001. I represented Great Britain and England in various National and International competitions but unfortunately, my dream of becoming one of the top athletes in track and field was ended in 2002, just after competing in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, with a number of serious injuries and a lack of funds to mend myself back to top competitive form. I walked away for a few years, 6 years actually, before the attraction I have for this sports pulled me right back in. I just could not turn my back on my love for Track and Field. In 2012, at the age of 35, I competed in my first World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships and won the silver medal. I then competed in the European Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in 2015 and I again won the silver medal.
My season in 2016 started with a bang, recording the fastest time in the world by a Masters Athlete. I went on to win The British Championships, setting a Championship record of 8.02s. In April of the same year, I travelled to Ancona, Italy and at the age of 39, I won the 60 meters hurdles (60mH) at the European Masters Athletics Indoor Championships, running the second fastest time (7.95s) in the world in the Masters Category. I also won the bronze medal in the 60m sprints in the same Championships. During the Outdoor season, I won my age group (M40) 110mH in the British Championships, setting a new British record of 14.26s. I ended the 2016 season ranking number 1 in the world for both the 60mH and 110mH.
In 2017, I again won the British Masters Championships before going on to win at the World Masters Championships in a personal best time of 7.93s, narrowly missing out of the world record (7.85s). I also won gold at the 4 x 200m relay and a bronze at the 60m sprints. Earlier this year in March, I travelled to Madrid for the European Masters Indoor Championships. I competed in both the 60m and the 60mH. A slight injury caused me to jog in the finals of the 60m where I finished 8th. Thankfully, the medical team were able to work their magic to get me ready for the 60mH, which was 2 days later. I qualified for the finals where I won the race in a time of 8.05s, to become the European Champion and also setting the world’s fastest time for the masters 60mH. In the outdoor season, I finished 2nd in the 100m and won the 110mH in the British Masters Champs. I also won the 110mH at the Inter Area Championships, setting a new Championship record. In September I flew out to Malaga for The World Masters Outdoor Championships. I competed in the 100m, 110mH and the 4 x 100m relay. I was 6th in the 100m, the Silver medallist in the hurdles and the world champion in the relay. Overall, it was a successful championships for me. I am enjoying my sport even more now than ever before. I am running comparable times to when I was a 20 year old and I feel that I can get even faster as I progress. I fit all my training around my family (wife and two kids, 15 and 9) as well as being a full time employment . I am also an athletics Coach and I find satisfaction in passing on my knowledge and expertise to the younger generation. It is not always easy trying to joggle all this together and to maintain the balance but my training keeps me focused on everything I do.
Written by DSD ADMIN on 2018-11-24 16:10:52