My Running CV

From charity plodder to running coach.  That’s my journey.  So far.  Here’s how it unfolded in the form of a running CV:

Current Year (2017)

  • Jul 17: New parkrun PB of 20:37 at Didcot parkrun
  • Jun 17: New personal course record of 26:35 at Combe 1 Motavation
  • Jun 17: Ran my first 5k race, in 21:02, taking my RunBritain handicap to the joint highest it’s ever been
  • May 17: New personal course record of 29:50 at Bletchingdon Motavation
  • May 17: Ran my first 2 mile race, in 12:38
  • May 17: New parkrun PB of 20:57 at Oxford parkrun
  • May 17: Ran my first 3 mile race, in 19:46
  • Apr 17: The tricky second marathon is completed but no PB
  • Jan 17: Ran 2 parkruns in one day (and 3 in a weekend) in a New Year’s Day double

The Year of the PB Mk2 (2016)

  • Nov 16: Managed to claw a 10k PB of 44:19 at the Eynsham 10k despite carrying a random rib injury
  • Nov 16: Clocked a new half marathon PB of 99:52 at the Autumn Shakespeare
  • Sep 16: My first ever 10 mile race, completing the hilly Cotswold Classic in 76:07
  • Sep 16: A new personal course record of 27:42 at Oxford Motavation
  • Aug 16: A new personal course record of 29:33 at Combe 2 Motavation
  • Jul 16: New parkrun PB of 21:00 at Bicester parkrun
  • Jul 16: Track mile PB of 5:54.34 at the inaugural Soar Mile in Battersea
  • Jul 16: A new personal course record of 27:00 at Combe 1 Motavation
  • Jun 16: Road mile PB of 5:56 at the City of London Mile
  • May 16: Paced my wife to her first ever 10k finish
  • Apr 16: New personal best course record of 28:27 at Charlton-on-Otmoor Motavation
  • Apr 16: Marshaled at the London Marathon just after Tower Bridge
  • Jan 16: Ran my first ever XC race
  • Jan 16: Winter training started; focussing on HR rather than pace

The Marathon Year (2015)

  • Oct 15: Set a new parkrun best of 22:11 at the home of parkrun, Bushy Park
  • Jul 15: Shaved 1.5 seconds off my track mile PB at the famous Iffley Road track to take it down to 5:56.64
  • Jul 15: Entered my first triathlon – a relay as part of Team Soggy, Coggy & Joggy
  • Jun 15: Secured a 5k PB of 21:22 at Oxford parkrun on my birthday
  • Jun 15: Shaved 4 seconds off my road mile PB at the City of London Mile to record a 6 minute mile exactly
  • Apr 15: I’m a Marathoner! Completed my 1st marathon, VMLM2015, in 4:03:49, raising over £2,800 for African Children’s Fund in the process
  • Apr 15: My biggest ever running week (40 miles) followed by a 3 week taper for my first ever marathon, the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon
  • Mar 15: Clocked up my longest mileage over a weekend (28 miles) and followed it up a week later with a new 20 mile PB at Gloucester 20 (unofficial time 2:57)
  • Feb 15: Completed my first ever 20 mile run at Bramley 20 in 3:17
  • Jan 15: Stretched my furthest run to 17 miles

The Year of the PB (2014)

  • Dec 14: Run further than 13.1 miles for the first time – 15 miles done and now ready for marathon training!
  • Nov 14: Set a new 10k PB (44:36)
  • Nov 14: Passed my final assessment and qualified as a British Athletics Coach in Running Fitness
  • Oct 14: Set a new 5k PB (21:28) at Oxford parkrun and a new Half Marathon PB (1:41:11) at the Oxford Half Marathon
  • Sep 14: Completed my 5th and quickest Great North Run (1:51:04)
  • Jul 14: Joined the Witney Road Runners coaching team
  • Jun 14: At the age of 35 took part in my first track race, securing a Mile PB (5:58)
  • May 14: Devised #runyourmile as a tribute to Bannister’s 4 minute mile
  • Apr 14: Started the UKA Coach in Running Fitness qualification
  • Mar 14: Set a new 10k PB (47:43)
  • Jan 14: Became a club runner with Witney Road Runners

The LiRF Years (2012-2013)

  • Oct 13: Rebirth of “Run England Cogges” as a beginners group & a new Half Marathon PB (1:46:59)
  • Jan 13: The first attempt at getting “Run England Cogges” running group going
  • Oct 12: Qualified as a UKA Leader in Running Fitness (aka LiRF)
  • Jul 12: Inspired by the London 2012 Olympics to get more involved with helping others to run

The Charity Years (2009-2012)

The Wilderness Years (2005-2009)

  • Physical exercise almost became extinct
  • Running was AWOL

The Dabbling Years (2000-2005)

  • Peer pressure and youthful naivety led me to take part in four Great North Runs (Sep 00, 01, 03 & 05)
  • While I was at the Newcastle University first studying for a BA in Architecture Studies and then an MSc in Computer Science a flatmate used the Millennium as an excuse to do something new
  • All four attempts were under-estimated, under-trained and over 2 hours long

The Swat Years (1990-2000)

  • My school years were about academia not sport
  • I still to this day blame it on my lazy eye causing poor hand-eye co-ordination
I’d like to thank James Field, who I’m no longer in touch with, for “encouraging” me to have my first running experience.  And to Stephen Wright, Steve Naylor and Pat Hudson for inspiring me to run further and faster.  The biggest thanks goes to “The Wife” (aka @MrsTWymer) who continues to put up with all this running lark!
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9 thoughts on “My Running CV”

  1. Woop woop – always glad to get a mention! 🙂
    Glad to be an inspiration. Now enough back patting – get out there and RUN!

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My journey from charity plodder to running coach (and back again!)

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