General Updates

/General Updates

Czech-ing out the sights of Olomouc

By | July 3rd, 2017|Galleries, General Updates, Racing|

Czech out my pics from Olomouc Half Marathon. Olomouc is a wonderful city with lots of history. As an elite level athlete I'm extremely fortunate to be invited to race around the world and see places I'd never normally think of visiting. The RunCzech team have to be up there among the very best race [...]

Running routes of Iten

By | February 2nd, 2017|All Categories, General Updates, Training|

Iten has miles and miles of dirt roads which are perfect for logging winter miles. However, especially for first timers in Kenya, finding your way can be quite daunting as there are very few landmarks, everwhere looks the same and you quickly run out of water when you get lost! Luckily I have a very geeky [...]

Rio and beyond…

By | October 3rd, 2016|All Categories, General Updates, Racing|

On the 14th August I fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming an Olympian. I can say that I’m an Olympian because I both started and finished the marathon in Rio. At least that was my criteria for officially becoming an ‘Olympian’ anyway. However, it was more than just the race, the build-up to the Games, [...]

Track workout at the TeamGB holding camp

By | August 10th, 2016|All Categories, General Updates, Training, Videos|

One of my final track workouts in the run up to the Olympic Marathon. Today we ran 4x 1mile with 2minute recoveries aiming to get faster every repetition. Following that were a few 200m sprints to inject a little pace and freshness back into my legs Track workout at the TeamGB holding camp from Nick [...]

Pyrenean Pics

By | July 25th, 2016|All Categories, Galleries, General Updates, Training|

Some of my favourite snaps from this year's trip up to Font Romeu, French Pyrenees. I've had another great summer out here training with some wonderful weather, magnificent vistas and, of course, some very tasty French food. There's nothing better than heading for a fresh almond croissant after a hard long run

Time to head west

By | July 25th, 2016|All Categories, General Updates, Training, Videos|

I've spent the last month out in Font Romeu preparing for the big event next month over in South America! Here's a short montage of what I've been up to courtesy of my amazing sponsors Brooks Running UK. Running at Pyrenees 2000 (near Font Romeu) from Nick Samuels on Vimeo.

Dam beautiful

By | July 4th, 2016|All Categories, General Updates, Training, Videos|

Beautiful weather, beautiful setting. All you need for a marathon workout. Here are a few of my thoughts on today and my favourite Brooks training shoe.

Preparing in the Pyrenees

By | July 2nd, 2016|All Categories, General Updates, Training, Videos|

Font Romeu is one of my favourite places to train so I always look forward to hitting the trails and getting strong. Here is a short clip of a 10 mile loop which I really enjoy. It is hilly in places but the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. Running at Pyrenees 2000 (near Font Romeu) from Nick [...]

Bouncin’ around in Boston

By | June 26th, 2016|All Categories, General Updates, Training, Videos|

Here's some sensory and floor contact drills I've been practicing whilst out in beautiful Boston. I'm trying out the new Brooks Asteria as I find them great to get a good ground contact with a fast reaction off the floor.  

BBC East Mids report on my journey to Rio

By | May 24th, 2016|General Updates, In the press, Videos|

Really great to meet Mark Shardlow as he interviewed me regarding my journey to Rio.

BBC Look North Interview following Olympic selection

By | May 6th, 2016|General Updates, In the press, Videos|

Work hard in silence (for almost ¼ of a century), let success be your noise

By | April 26th, 2016|General Updates, Racing|

Working hard in silence It was in 1992 when I watched my first Olympic Games on TV that I caught the running bug. I joined my local club and announced to my family that I was going to become an Olympian one day....24 years later and I'm living that very dream. Whether anyone [...]