About Neil

 

I am an ultramarathon runner and former Royal Marine Commando who is passionate about helping people explore and achieve their full running potential.

 

I have been competing in marathons and ultramarathons since my first road marathon in 2005. Since then I have tested and adjusted my training methods after every race to improve dramatically which for me peaked (so far!) in April 2014 when I was able to secure the Scottish Ultra Trail Champion title at the Hoka Highland Fling 53 mile race.  

 

In May 2014 I decided to leave my job in banking and to focus on my main interest and skill, running and helping others improve their running performance.

 

I made the decision to start my own business in run coaching (Run) and massage therapy (Recover) and to formalise my coaching skills by gaining UK Athletics accreditation in Running coaching.  I became am a qualified Coach in Running Fitness (CIRF) in 2015. More recently I added to my coaching knowledge by qualifying as a Lydiard Level II Certified Running Coach in 2018.

 

Having experienced the benefits of massage after staggering across many an ultramarathon finish line I trained with the Scottish School of Massage and gained a Diploma in Swedish Massage therapy in April 2015.  In 2016 I completed the Diploma in Remedial & Sports massage therapy to further develop my skills.

I am a brand ambassador for Beta Outdoor Sports who supply me with the great Ultimate Direction and Injinji running products.

 

Some Race History....

 

I have now completed 3 marathons and about 25 Ultra Marathons along with various half marathons and 10ks.

 

I became Scottish Ultra Trail Champion in 2014 when I was 3rd at the 53 mile Highland Fling race in April that year.

 

2015 was a great year when I completed the 3 Ultra marathons that are run on the West Highland Way. The 53 mile Highland Fling, The 95 mile West Highland Way race and the 42 mile Devil O' The Highlands footrace. My combined time for the unoficial "Triple Crown" was 30hrs 17mins 3 seconds. The fastest since records began apparently!! (Now eclipsed by Rob Sinclair in 2017)

 

2016 was my "long" year, coming 5th in the Lakeland 100, 2nd at the Tooting Bec 24hr race with 151 miles and winning the Sandstone 120. It ended with an unsupported winter completion of the 95 mile West Highland Way, just for fun!.

 

2017 was frustrated by injury and I finally had a knee operation in November to repair worn cartilage. After a significant period of recovery and rehab I was pleased to finally return to competitive running in late 2018.

Recent race results:

1st - Warrington Way Ultra 2019 (Pairs with Mat Rushbrook) New course record.

2nd - Lakeland 100 2019

2nd - Glen Ogle Ultra 2018

 

Personal Bests 

 

10Km - 36m 12s, Perth 10K 2012

1/2 Marathon - 1hr 20m 16s, Edinburgh 2013

Marathon - 2hr 48m 32s, Edinburgh 2014

24hrs - 151 miles, Tooting Bec 2016

 

So What?

 

Exactly...it doesn't matter how fast I am or what I have achieved, what matters is that I enable you to achieve your running goal or performance target. By working together in a methodical and progressive manner I am confident we can do just that.

RUNNING TRAINING - CORE FITNESS - ENDURANCE - CORE STRENGTH - MASSAGE - RECOVERY

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