Hi there! I am a 30 something year old trail runner who would probably be described in the business as a ‘mid packer’ meaning i’m not fast, or slow, I just enjoy being outside at a modest velocity.
I first discovered running after I graduated in graphic arts and design at Leeds Beckett (nee Metropolitan) University in 2008 with a degree and beer belly. Like many when i suddenly found myself aged around 25 and heading in the wrong direction (a good friend described me retrospectively as ‘a bit doughy’). Soon after that I entered the Leeds 10k in 2010 which led me onto my first marathon (London) in 2011. That was followed by another (Loch Ness), and another (Brighton) in 2012. At this time I honestly didn’t really have much of a clue what I was doing with regards to training or diet (I still don’t).
Unfortunately all things running related came to abrupt end in February 2013 when I shattered my heel in four places after jumping off a stage at a gig. It wouldn’t be until the following year I would even attempt to run again. There was also the matter four month long marriage around this time but let’s not go into too much details!
So as old wounds healed I would go on to take running seriously once more and in 2015 joined my wonderful local club Kirkstall Harriers who introduced me to a whole new world of races beyond that of those expensive big city runs. Being a club runner really won me over, I loved the community aspect of it, the small local races, the big local races, the fell races, the ultra races, and the cake.
In 2016 using my love for running and my background in putting on gigs I put on my first race. I chose one of my favourite training routes and gave it a catchy name, I created The Holly Hustle, loads of people got lost. Thankfully the following year people mostly didn’t get lost and I decided to continue Great Owl Running events for what will hopefully be many years to come!
Alongside race directing I got a bit handy with a GoPro and started to document my adventures. As of 2018 this is another arm of Great Owl running and I hope to be making more running films including race reports, runner flythroughs, personal vlogs and whatever takes my fancy creatively speaking. If you would like to collaborate on something or have any fun ideas for me then please do get in touch.
As of 2018 I am now currently living in Vienna, Austria with my amazing girlfriend and working remotely as a graphic designer and exploring beautiful Austria. I come back to the UK regularly to run UK races and to organise Great Owl Events.
I am constantly coming up with new ideas to expand Great Owl Running, if you have any ideas and want to get involved get in touch.
A Race director can never have enough race marshals to make sure our runners are safe and know where to go.
If you would still like to be outdoors on a crisp morning then come and marshal for us!
All marshalls get a free race place to cash in on later or to giveaway to a friend, spouse or family member.
marshalling is a great way to save on an entry fee. We will always give away free places for marshalling and depending on the size of event we might even pay you or a chosen charity!
For the Holly Hustle we promise to look after our marshals with plenty of snacks and some sexy hi-vis gear!