We are very passionate about running and health. Whether it is a 5k park run or 100+ mile ultra, we love being involved in our own running and helping others achieve their goals. We both have varied backgrounds in health, fitness and activity and different goals in our own running, so we are able to provide a flexible approach and an empathetic outlook.
We both very much enjoy and are dedicated to learning and self improvement and through this, we continually meet and are inspired by some amazing people. We invest in professional support ourselves, with coaches, sports therapists and any courses or learning opportunities that we feel will help us become better at what we do and help others to enjoy life.
Leaving teaching after 6 years was a big decision, but it has meant I have more head space for training and doing what I love: running. Having teaching experience means that I am able to help people learn, improve their skills and reach their personal goals.
Never a sporty child or teenager, I took up this ‘exercise’ thing because of vanity. I started to enjoy running after my first Race for Life in my early 20s and was advised to join my local running club. They showed me new routes, and took me from road 10ks to fell races. ‘Born to Run’ gave me the inspiration to up my distance and I haven’t looked back since. In 2019, I also completed my Level 3 Personal Training course, adding another string to my bow and giving me a more thorough understanding of how to coach in a holistic way.
Best running moments: Being there when Jayson won his first fell race and then the series. Seeing my friend Lorraine complete her first 100 mile race and telling me never to do it, then a week later telling me I HAD to do it! Crossing the line at my first Yorkshire 3 Peaks race and bursting into tears. Doing the same thing at the OCC. Having a transcendent experience on the HM60 and just feeling that I was in the zone. There are too many!
Favourite mantras: Pain is just weakness leaving the body. Sweat is your muscles crying…
I discovered my true passion for running in July 2012 when I had a magical full 36 hours of running adventures with friends.
Best running moments, Far too many to list, I am continuously inspired and moved by so many peoples amazing achievements, from Mo Farah`s new 2 mile record, Jon Steele`s ability to endure when no-one else can, then endure some more. To all the first time marathoners at Hardmoor`s event`s – Pushing out and destroying the limitations we put on ourselves.
Favourite mantra`s; “It is never over until the finish line – keep pushing”
Favourite running routes; anywhere on the Yorkshire moors – this is home, freedom, beauty, life and peace.
Best races; CCC – I went through such a low point so early, then proceeded to feel stronger and stronger, hitting each descent flat out and laughing my way down, amazing atmosphere, emotional times. Also some of the Fell races, I love out and out racing and tactics – In 2013 the series was so close that I had to win the final race in order to tie the series with my nemesis Paul Butler, only catching and passing him in the last mile or so, I left nothing in the tank that day
Hardest Race; Hardmoors 60 – 2 weeks before I was in hospital with a virus, then bonked after 30 miles due to a culmination of errors including nutrition, I managed to hang on for 30 miles and finish 2nd to Jim Mann. I learned so much that day.
British Army 1995 to 2003, completed All Arms Commando and Artic Warfare course, served with Royal Dragoon Guards and 59 Commando Squadron.
Now lives in Yorkshire with amazing wife and running partner Kim Cavill, surrounded by very supportive family and friends, all the motivation I ever needed.
1st lady Ring Of Fire 2019
1st lady and 2nd overall St Cuthbert’s Way 100k 2019
1st lady HM50 2019
5th lady South Downs Way 50 2018
1st lady, 3rd overall and CR at Endure 24 Leeds 2018
2nd lady 2017 Lakeland 50
24th lady 2017 Transvulcania
1st lady 2017 Hardmoors 55
1st lady 2017 Hardmoors Wainstones marathon
18th lady 2016 Glencoe Ring of Steall (never again!)
17th lady 2016 CCC
7th lady 2016 West Highland Way
2nd lady 2016 Hardmoors Osmotherley Marathon
3rd lady 2016 Dark Skies Kielder marathon
4th lady 2015 Lakeland 50
1st lady 2015 Hardmoors Grand Slam
1st lady, 4th overall and CR 2015 Hardmoors 60
1st Lady 2015 Hardmoors 110
2nd Lady (joint with Shelli Gordon) 2015 Hardmoors 55
1st lady 2014 Hardmoors Wainstones half marathon
1st lady 2014 Hardmoors Rosedale marathon
2nd lady 2014 PeakSky Race
1st lady Osmotherley Pheonix 2014
3rd lady Hardmoors 60 2014
10th lady and 4th Brit 2014 OCC (Orsieres, Champex, Chamonix) Mont Blanc
2nd lady 2013 Scafell trail marathon
1st lady 2013 Hardmoors Osmotherley marathon
1st lady 2013 Hardmoors Rosedale half marathon
1st lady 2013 Hardmoors Goathland marathon
DNF Montane Spine race at 230/268 miles
1st Montane Lakeland 100 (3rd win)
DNF Montane Spine race at 110/268 miles
Yorkshire Three peaks
Ben Nevis Ultra
11th Matterhorne Ultraks Skyrace
1st Hardmoors Rosedale marathon and CR
1st Lyke Wake Challenge 40 miles
5th 2017 Montane Lakeland 100
1st Lyke Wake Challenge 40 miles (CR 5:27)
1st 2017 Hardmoors Wainstones marathon
2017 Transvulcania Ultra marathon La Palma
1st 2016 Montane Lakeland 50 (course record)
1st 2016 Dark skies Trail Marathon (course record)
1st 2016 Hardmoors Osmotherly Trail Marathon (course record)
1st 2015 Hardmoors Goathland marathon
5th 2015 Garmin Mourne Skyline
3rd Male 2015 Salomon Glencoe Skyline
1st 2015 Lakeland 50
1st 2015 Hardmoors Rosedale – New course record
20th 2014 CCC (Courmayer, Champex, Chamonix) Mont blanc
2nd 2014 V3K UK Skyrace 33 miles
1st 2014 PeakSky race
15th 2014 Yorkshire Three Peaks
1st 2014 Hardmoors 30
2nd 2013 Hardmoors 60
1st 2013 Osmotherly Phoenix
1st 2013 Harmoors Rosedale, Goathland, Roseberry marathons
2nd 2013 Hardmoors Osmotherly (first ever marathon)
NEHRA Winter Fell series champion 2012/13 and 2013/14
We are fortunate enough to be supported by some fantastic people and companies within the industry
I view it as a huge honour to work alongside Montane as such an innovative and well respected company. I am really excited about taking my goals for running and adventure forwards with the support of such great clothing and equipment. The minimalist, lightweight and functional design philosophy aimed towards use in extreme environments mirrors my kit requirements.
Since reading Born to Run and hearing all about the amazing benefits of Chia seeds, me and my wife have used them regularly in our diet, having a ready made flapjack with these in is an absolute bonus!