What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon!
What is your favorite place to run and why?
I love running through my home town of Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, England. I can feel my improvements in my running by the way I feel when I get to different parts of the town, especially as the area is quite hilly.
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I currently run with Muse in my ears, especially their new album – I’m turning myself into a running super drone!! I am still building the soundtrack to my marathon – I know I will find the last stretch tough and so I will choose songs that will motivate me to keep those legs pumping.
What is your favorite post-run meal?
Following a run, I enjoy tuna with vegetable rice.
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started running on a daily basis 20 years ago when I was playing local football (soccer), and then lost touch as I let my life and work get in the way.
I decided late last year that I was going to get back in touch with my lost passions following some changes in my life. I seek to be more charitable and fitter, and running with TFK in the NYC Marathon is a perfect combination.
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I wear the same pair of blue shorts I wore when I ran regularly when I was younger – I intend to retire them following the marathon.
As I start running, I imagine I’m running the last 200 yards of the marathon and allow the great feelings to rush through me in my run.
Why did you choose to run this event?
In no order of importance, I wanted to truly test myself and prove that I am capable of running a marathon. I have also never been to New York. I want my charitable activities to be on a global scale and not just local to me in the UK. I wanted to signal how serious I was to those people I know that I am committed to raising monies and becoming a better man. I am working on a number of projects about self-improvement and my journey is one I will be sharing in the hope of inspiring others to take up running, being charitable and maybe having the courage to run the NYC marathon in the future.
Tell us a little more about yourself
I grew up in the small town. My parents are a mixture of Italian, English and Welsh. I gained a deep love of reading, science and football from my family.
At school, I excelled at mathematics and physics, and was fortunate to read mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge where I gained two masters degrees.
On leaving university I spent a year in Italy, before training as a Chartered Accountant in London in 1995. This has been my profession ever since. I have worked in many industries and I currently manage world-class financial operations for a world-wide service management business.
That is the formal CV out of the way. I actually consider myself the following…
I am the father to three amazing children, who teach me so much about life and myself. I want to be the best father I can be for them and this is a large part of my continuing personal development.
I am a passionate writer, currently finishing my first children’s novel, which will be available later this year. This is the first in a series of six. I am also working on a few other writing projects, including a science fiction thriller trilogy, and ad hoc projects to support my blog (www.sophrosynergy.com) and my mission.
I am currently in the process of launching a charity to help people who suffer from hunger, poverty and deprivation.
I volunteer my coaching services to help men deal with relationship breakdowns. I am a qualified Strength Deployment Inventory practitioner, providing workshops for businesses and teams who seek to increase their productivity through a better understanding of relationships and conflict.
What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I am excited by the prospect of helping TFK continue to achieve their mission in a place I have never visited over a distance I have never run. I am excited by the challenge I face to help those who may face daily challenges as part of their lives.