I trained as a Physio at St Mary's hospital in Paddington and Graduated in 1989. I was only the second male to graduate from St Mary's, in what was then a female dominated profession. I was unconventional in my thinking and would always challenge my lecturers for the basis of their clinical opinions. I was fortunate enough to have teachers who were willing to challenge their own beliefs and entertain my left- field thoughts.
I worked in the NHS and developed a keen interest in the nervous system and especially the mechanisms underpinning the pain experience. In particular, persistent chronic pain. This was a result of a few pivotal experiences in which complex patients were left on the heap of difficult to manage "it's all in their head" category. I have made it my mission in my professional life to understand and help these kind of individuals to achieve a more acceptable living experience.
In 2007 I was introduced to Liz Yelling two time Olympic marathon runner, Bronze medalist at the 2006 commonwealth games, and winner of numerous other races. I had the privilege to work with her over her 2008 and 2012 Olympic campaigns. An amazing experience which was a massive learning curve, humbling and enormous fun. She is indeed one of the most capable yet understated human beings I have had the pleasure to work with.
Thank you Lizzie x
Steve Way local Dorset legend. His story is well known and you can read all about it on his site. We met through the running community and shared the same ridiculous sense of humour and delight in running based facts and figures.
Steve also very graciously put his trust in me to help him through multiple marathons including the 2010 Commonwealth games, 50km, 100km and of course Comrades marathon last year where he came an astonishing 9th. Good luck mate and keep that arm swinging!!
Well! what can you say about this man. Today (10/06/2018) at 44 years of age, Steve Way came 3rd in the 91 km race Comrades Marathon. An absolutely stunning and very mature performance. He stuck to his race plan and all of his hard work this year paid off in a quite dramatic final 10 km. At the second to last split time he sat in 8th position, at the final split time he was sitting in 5th place,and with the TV coverage focussing on the leader, Steve quietly picked off the competition with viewers unaware. The commentators were totally awestruck when the cameras finally started following 2nd and 3rd place runners.
In 2017 I was approached by the amazing Peter Thompson. We had made acquaintance over the years with me helping him through injuries while running very competent 2:30 marathons.
But this time he invited me to help him complete 44 marathons in 44 days running around Europe. He did this to raise awareness for issues around mental health and money for the mind charity. A more gracious, gentle and truly altruistic human being you will struggle to find.
We are currently working on 70 marathons in 70 days along the Tour de France route. Good luck loon!
And then in February 2020, just as Britain was set to leave the European Union Eddie embarked on 28 marathons in 28 days running a marathon in every Capitol city of the European union. Starting in London and finishing in London when Eddie decided towards the end of the adventure to do an extra marathon on the 29th of February and also doing a hours stand up gig after the Paris and London 26.2 miles.
What an amazing experience for me this was. It was a brutal travelling schedule, but never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would see all the sights and visit all the places we did in a single month. Truly breath taking.
And of course as we progressed so did the spread of Covid and all of the resulting restrictions it brought with it.
And of course it wouldn't be right if I didn't mention Eddie Izzard the marathon man.
27 marathons in 27 days across South Africa following the footsteps of the life of Nelson Madiba Mandela. We did this in 2016 for Sport relief and raised £2.4 million for the cause. The details of the trip are documented on Eddie's web site follow this link. If you would like me to share some of my experiences to a School, Running club or any charitable organisation then please get in touch via e mail. I still work closely with Eddie, attempting to keep him fit and healthy in preparation for his next crazy idea. I don't know where or when it will be, I just know I will get minimal notice!! If you want to watch the BBC 3 highlights of the trip follow the link on Eddie's name above.
Then in January 2021, when the world couldn't have been much different Eddie planned to do it all again but with a 1 hour stand up gig after every marathon. But Covid prevented any travel. So the decision was made to do the 31 marathons for each day in January on a treadmill at the Riverside studios in Hammersmith. My role now had to be fully remote, and when issues arose I had to video my treatment strategy to Sarah Eddies tour manager and she would, tape, ice, massage etc. Sarah earned the nickname Robot hands. I also took on the jb as chat show host going on line for the last 1 1/2 hours of running doing zoom calls with celebrities to keep Eddie thinking of all things other than running. Of course Eddie did 32, finishing with a double marathon on the last day.