Hi, my name is Mark or as I am now more commonly know on social media…… The Cheshire Runner.
So who is this Cheshire Runner guy? Well as the name suggests, I live in south Cheshire with my wife, daughter, and our Toy Poodle. Family is the biggest part of my life but I also have a passion for living a healthy and active life.
I began my running journey in October 2015. I was spurred on by two massive life changing events, the passing of my father and birth of my daughter.
My main goal was to get fit so that I can keep up with my daughter as she finds her feet in this world, be able to run around with her, without turning into a sweaty out of breath mess. Back then I was running a 1.2-mile loop which would take me over 15 minutes and I would need to stop and walk 3 or 4 times.
As I have progressed on this journey, my goal has changed after each step, firstly to get fit, then to run a 10K race, then half marathon, then marathon and finally (we hope I stop here) a full distance triathlon. Whilst the “smaller” annual goals have come and gone the main goal of leading a fit and healthy lifestyle has remained. I want to put myself out there as a good example for my daughter to be inspired by and see that there is a good active life away from YouTube and TV shows.
Over the years I have supported charities which are close to heart. In 2016 I cycled 270-miles around Death Valley in support of the local Douglas Macmillan cancer hospice who took care of my father during his battle with kidney cancer, in 2017 I ran the Berlin Marathon in support of Prostate Cancer UK and in 2018 I ran the London Marathon in support of the British Heart Foundation 7 months after losing my mother following a heart failure. To aid the fund raising I ran London in fancy dress as a love heart.
As time has passed and the miles of running racked up, I have started to focus more and more on triathlon, in particular the middle and full distance with the ultimate goal of qualifying for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and the Ironman World Championship in Kona Hawaii.
This is the ultimate goal and likely to be a long journey to get there, but feel free to follow on my road to Kona on here and on my Instagram profile @TheCheshireRunner where I post daily training updates.