A Little bit about me.
From being a high performing athlete to starting my own business and becoming a mum of four – my journey through life drives my passion in helping others achieve the goals they set themselves.
I have 10 years’ experience working with runners developing their physical ability but importantly their mental fortitude. I’ve combined this knowledge and experience with my own extensive racing experience to create a solid set of training principles that empowers people to achieve their wildest dreams.
I thrive on helping people with a passion, dream, or goal. It's my belief that we all have so much more within us. Regardless of age, sex, ability and history, the crucial thing is the desire to change, to find a way, to strive for more. With this we can all realise dreams we previously thought impossible.
UK Athletics Leader in Run Fitness
Co-Active Fundamentals Empowerment Coach
NHS Health and Well-being coach
UKSCA Foundation in Strength & Conditioning Coach
Supporting coach with Team Bath Talent Development program Strength and Conditioning.
Peri and Post Menopause in Athletes Coach
Running biomechanics workshops co-host with Shane Benzie
MY COACHING CLIENTS HAVE
Gone from couch to 5km
Set marathon PBs
Gone from a non-runner to ultrarunner in 6 months
Recovered from cancer to run an ultramarathon
Completed the SAS Fan Dance
Multiple finishers of the Marathon des Sables
Raced in multi-day events in jungles, deserts and mountains
Set parkrun PBs
Completed 100 mile ultramarathons
Gone from running 10k to 50k
Gained running strength well into their 70s
Developed their self-confidence and love of running
A SELECTION OF MY
- British University rowing champions
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
- Mixed 8 Commonwealth Cup (Rowing): Winners
- Marathon des Sables (250km, 6 stages): 257th (First Ultra)
- Cotswold Way multi-stage ultra: 2nd female
- Jungle Ultra (230km, 5 stages): 2nd Female
- Grim Reaper 40 mile ultra: 1st female
- Thames Path (100 miles): 3rd female
- Endurance Life 3 Marathons 3 days: 1st female
- Everest Trail Race (150km, 6 stages): 2nd female
- Chilly 10km: 1st female vet
- UK trail championships (86 miles): 4th female
- John O’Groats to Lands End World Record: Mixed Team
- Conti 24hr race: 1st female
- CCC (100km)
- Lost island Ultra Fiji (130km, 5 stages): 1st female
- Green Man Ultra: 1st female
- 24 hour track race: 187km non-stop, 3rd female
- Montane Spine Race: DNF at 160mi in 72hrs
Lockdown personal fun challenges:
- 4 x 4 x 48 running challenge
- 5 hour continuous treadmill challenge
- Ultra Great Britain (215miles non-stop) 84 hours
- Marathon des Sables paired with my son. He was 1st under 26yr old
IN THE PRESS
A selection of stories from the past few years.
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Embodied (book contribution)
Lunges and Lycra
MY STORY - THE LONGER VERSION!
I have always enjoyed sport and been part of school teams but I never felt I was very good. My brothers were in multiple county teams, no sooner had they picked up a racket than they were naturals excelling at the sport. It was a hard act to follow and my confidence in my ability took a hit. It wasn't until I reached university and was selected to be part of the 1st 8 rowing crew that I began to find my place. We went on to win countless trophies including the British university title.
I continued rowing after Uni and alongside this started to set myself longer and longer challenges. I didnt realise at the time but here was the beginnings of me carving out my place, the place I felt worthy, found a sense of belonging, something I found was good at and that was challenging my endurance. I set up personal challenges for fun, kayaking from Oxford to London to raise money for charity. Cycling London to Bristol, endurance swimming challenges and many more. I especially enjoyed walking for long periods. After the birth of my second child I saw a poster for the MacMillan 100km walk event along the Highland Way (we lived in Edinburgh at the time) I entered. I slung my 6 month old into a rucksack and started to train. I loved this event, the comradery, the physical challenge, the vibrant aid stations, walking thought the night, the focus on the completion… I loved it all and wanted more.
Fast forward to Sydney and another 2 kids in tow and I spotted another of these 100km challenges along a beautiful route tracking down the coast of NSW. I instantly signed up and having dropped my other 3 at school I slung my 4th child on my back and began to train. It was once again a life affirming experience. I remember standing on the start line and seeing people starting ahead of us who were running the event. Who would have thought you could run such a distance! My interest was piqued but I had one problem, I had never liked running! It was time to crack this mental block. I signed up to do a local 5km and entered an all women sprint triathlon the perfect place to build my confidence. Progress was slow and measured but I got there and completed both events. It took another few years before I would call myself a runner, but I had turned ‘I can’t into I bloody well will!’
It is interesting when you look back over your life and can see patterns emerging. I can clearly see my love of endurance came from a position of lack and comparison. But over time, by not giving up, I found my niche, something that really brought out the best in me, gave me purpose and fulfilment and which I excel at.
I returned to the UK and by chance watched the MDS documentary. I knew instantly that was what I wanted to do next. I called Steve and he laughed, there is a 2 year waiting list he told me…. I was determined to find a way… it was the first year they had places supporting their charity Solidarite and I took a place and started to train, I had 6 short months to turn myself into an ultra runner. To this point I had only run a 10km!
That was 2012 and this exciting, mad journey has continued and here I am today. Multiple fabulous, hard, dangerous and wild challenges later to being a empowerment and run coach. Driven by my passion to unlock potential in those who feel unsure, incapable, and inconfident. And to support and build those who have tasted the richness of running and ultras and who are wanting to find that bit more in themselves. I truly believe we can surpass our wildest dreams with the right support.