*What inspired you to run for the NPF? (Mandatory)
Last year I suffered several attacks of Severe Acute Pancreatitis first in the US and then in the UK, leaving me in a very bad state. Due to the support of everyone and the fantastic medical care at NYU Langone and QA Hospital Portsmouth UK after a couple of operations I have come out the other side with only a few remaining side effects. After battling through physical and mental demons over the last 12 months, it is time to be positive and not only bounce back but do something for others. I have been inspired by the amazing work that NPF does in helping fund research and providing support to those affected by pancreas related diseases and want to help the team raise money and awareness to help continue this mission.
Over the past year, I have become a keen runner having run a few half marathons and so taking on the MCM is not only a chance to fight my own mental & physical battles and prove to family & friends I am back on top but do just a small bit to raise awareness & funds to help support others in the future faced with pancreatic disease.
Three words that would describe you?
Caring, driven, passionate
What is your spirit animal?
Donkey – strong, stubborn (very stubborn 😉), relentless at keep moving forward, a little bit grumpy, unpredictable, will always achieve and despite weird behaviour & looks always bring a smile to people’s face when you see one
Your go-to meal before a race?
Wife’s homemade Spaghetti Bolognese…not only a great pre-race pasta dish but a family fave.
Running mantra or life mantra?
When something bad happens to you, you can do 1 of 3 things…let it define you, destroy you or strengthen you. Get up and just keep moving.
Favorite meal after a race?
Favorite place to run? Or your happy place?
Anywhere by the sea
Five things you can’t live without?
Kids, wife, friends, beer, Facebook
Favorite race and why?
Great South Run – 10 miles – amazingly well supported run through the streets of our home city Portsmouth UK, past all the sights including the Historic Dockyard (HMS Warrior, HMS Victory), the Spinnaker Tower and the Seafront. Not only have I run with wife and friends, it was my target last year when recovering to be strong enough to run it.
What’s your dream job? First job?
Dream job would be an astronaut. First job was a Saturday Sales assistant in the Argos Store in Dover (Argos is a British catalogue retailer)
What’s one thing about you that surprises people?
When people see what a different type of person outside of work than I am at work (fun/partying vs grumpy/stressed)
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
No matter how down & broken you feel, your family and friends will love you no matter what….don’t ever feel you are letting them down.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
People dithering in a supermarket – it is not a place to chill it is a place to go in, get what you need and get out.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
RAF Fast Jet Pilot (I wanted to be a British Tom Cruise from Top Gun)
If anything or anyone could be waiting for you at the finish line of a race, what or who would you want it to be?
Wife, kids, Mum and my Dad (who is sadly no longer with us)
What’s your favorite thing to do for fun?
Run….then drink 😉
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 items would you want to have with you?
Endless supply of rum, books & music
You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what is it?
Have you ever completed anything on your “bucket list” OR Name one thing on your “bucket list”?
I have completed a Tandem Freefall Parachute Jump and I have also abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower
You have to sing karaoke, what song do you pick?
Live Forever or Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis (who are my favourite band and first major stadium concert I went to)
What is your favorite time of day and why?
Evenings…cuddle time with the kids
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