Since I was 12 years old I had a dream that one day I would become an Olympian. In 2011 I decided to take time out of my full time teaching job as a languages teacher to pursue my dream in athletics. It was a huge risk but one I was willing to take. At times it felt like I was reaching too far, yet I still continued to believe that through hard work I would one day achieve my goal….

….At the Rio 2016 Games, some 25 years later, I finally became that OLYMPIAN!!! Yes I admit it has been a continuous rollercoaster of highs and lows but a journey I wouldn’t have wanted to miss. Sometimes we have a habit of focussing solely on the goal of reaching our summit rather than enjoying the experience getting there!

I decided to fully embrace my ‘marathon’ journey to Rio and now beyond because after all Dreams have no expiration date.

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself

  • 2016 – 30th Rio Olympic Games
  • 2016 – 13th Virgin London Marathon/Olympic Trial (2nd Brit)
  • 2015 – 9th Berlin Marathon (6th fastest UK All Time), Berlin
  • 2015 – 1st British Marathon Championships, London
  • 2013 – 16th World Championships Marathon, Moscow
  • 2012 – 9th Berlin Marathon (4th European), Berlin
  • 2012 – 19th Virgin London Marathon (4th Brit)

Event Time
Marathon 2:28.04
Half marathon 72:36
10,000m 32:39
5,000m 15:44

  • 30th 2016 Olympic marathon
  • 7th 2014 Commonwealth Games 10,000m
  • 16th 2013 World Championships marathon
  • 7th UK all time marathon best
  • British marathon champion (2015)
  • British 10,000m champion (2011)
  • British Universities Cross Country champion (2001)
  • 2 times European Cross Country team champions (2014 & 2015)
  • National Junior Cross Country champion (1997)
  • 7 times National Cross Country medalist
  • 3 times World cross country championships representative