Best thing about VFuel: The best thing about VFuel would have to be the taste. It is also easy to digest and it fuels my performance. It is refreshing to experience a Gel that isn’t too sweet and that also doesn’t upset the stomach. Simple and effective, nothing added just for the sake of it, and I especially love the cool range of flavours.
Favorite Beer: n/a
Hometown: I live in Belgrave which is at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges in the South East region of Victoria. I have 2 choices when I step out for a run; its uphill or downhill.
Guilty Pleasure: I would definitely have to say chocolate. I figure, if I’m getting out and doing all my required training, a little bit of chocolate as a reward is the very least I could do.
Other Hobbies: Since becoming a parent in 2015, my son Henry is my hobby. Everything I like to do when I am not training involves spending time with my family. And simple pleasures like catching up with friends for a burger and a movie, or just getting away for even a short period of time with my head in a book about anything that’s not running….. but not for too long!
Best recovery meal: The mind and the stomach don’t always agree. Post marathon, the plan is chocolate milk of some sort and as soon as I can get my hands on it. But usually, this just involves me sitting there staring at it. I am also a sucker for a good burger post race. After a hard training session, the first thing is definitely chocolate milk though. I love it nearly as much as running. I will never miss a meal though; if I finish my Sunday long run at midday, I will still come home and start with breakfast. This usually consists of cereal and some fruit, and the occasional yoghurt depending on my mood.
Favourite running/cycling/other memory: Without a doubt, my favourite memory would be qualifying for the Lake Biwa marathon in Japan (sub 2h30), and then racing to a personal best of 2:25:34. The crowds were amazing, and many even waved little Australian flags, which I thought was quite cool. The Japanese race incredibly hard and it was such a thrill to be shoulder to shoulder amongst it with some of the very best marathoners in the world. And just for the record, in that field, a 2h25 got me just 86th place, which still sounds ridiculous to say!
- 2013 IAAF Oceania Area Marathon Championships – Bronze Medal
- 2013 Auckland Marathon, NZ – 4th Place
- 2014 Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon, JPN – 2:25:34
- 2014 Rollercoaster Trail Run 21.5km – 1st Place in a CR 1:38:15
- 2014 Great Ocean Road 23km – 1st Place
- 2015 Australian 50km Championships – 1st Place in 2:59:19
- 2015 IAU World 50km Championships , DOHA – Qatar – 16th Place (1st Australian)
- 5000m – 14:59.4 (2014)
- 10,000m – 31:33.1 (2013)
- Half Marathon – 1:08:22 (2015)
- Marathon – 2:25:34 (2014)
- 50km – 2:59:19 (2015)
I tend to dream big, and now I feel I am in a position to execute some big plans. Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games are the ultimate goals of many runners and these take many years of consistent uninterrupted training. I am less naïve than I used to be regarding such a goal, but it makes me no less determined. A lot must go right and fall into place – if I am to make these goals a reality. Walking into the stadium for the opening ceremony at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics would be beyond amazing. My 10 years of running to date only has me poised to attack this goal, and now, with a bit of luck also; I must make the next 4 years the most consistent amazing running years of my life. Then maybe, I have a chance. But at the end of the day, what drives me the most, and why I started running at all is to be the best I can be, and that is the all I can do!
2015-2016 Race Schedule:
- 15/5/16 – Great Ocean Road Marathon – 44km
- 4/6/16 – Ballarat Road Race – 15km
- 3/7/16 – Gold Coast Marathon Festival – 10km
- 4/9/16 – Burnley Half Marathon – 21.1km
- 16/10/16 – Melbourne Marathon – 42.2km