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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. I added to my coaching knowledge by qualifying as a Lydiard Level II Certified Running Coach in 2018. More recently I completed the UK Athletics Event Group Endurance qualification in April 2021.


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.


Recent race results:

1st - Lakeland 50 2023

2nd - Lakeland 100 2022

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

20th -  Glencoe Skyline 2019

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

100miles - 15hrs 31mins

24hrs - 151 miles, Tooting Bec 2016

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So What? 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.


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