|Began racing in the second year of secondary school (1972).
Joined Tipton Harriers around 1973, the year Ron Bentley set the world record for 24 hours. Throughout my career I was coached by Bud Baldaro. As a schoolboy I competed in 7 English Schools Championships, 3 on the track and 4 at cross-country. As an Intermediate Boy I finished 38th in the English Schools Cross Country in Brighton (1974). The following year I placed 25th in the Intermediate Boys cross-country in Derby's Markeaton Park (1975). I'd expected a possible podium place but was tripped and fell at the start and when I got up I was last. The same year I placed 9th in the Intermediate Boys 3000m at Durham. In 1976 I was 4th in the Senior Boys cross country (Havant) and 7th in the 2000m S/C (Cannock). I completed by schoolboy racing with victory in the Senior Boys croos-country at Redditch (1977) and 2nd place, behind Kevin Tesh, in the Senior Boys 5000m at Hendon. I finished over 5 seconds inside the previous record, running a PB of 14.23.0.
As a Youth I won the Midlands cross-country title in successive years (1975 & 1976) but only managed a disappointing 40th and DNF in the National Youths cross-country.
In 1978 as a Junior I finished runner-up to clubmate Paul Venmore in the Inter-Counties and Midland Cross Country Championships before placing 4th at the National (Leeds) behind Nicky Lees, Micky Morton and Dave Clarke. Micky Morton would completely dominate the World Junior Cross Country Championships a few weeks later. During this winter I also ran 8.11.8 indoors at Cosford.
1981 was the year I made my track breakthrough. I broke 3.50 (3.48.9), 8.10 (7.58.50), 14.00 (13.36.05) and 9.00 (8.47.9) for the 1500m, 3000m, 5000m and 3000m S/C respectively.
In 1983 I made my World Cross Country Championship and marathon debuts. I placed 89th in the former at Gateshead and ran 2.17.48 for the latter to finish 2nd in Wolverhampton.
In 1984 I ran PB's to place 6th (28.33.29) and 8th (13.30.88) in the Olympic Trials behind the winning performances of Nick Rose (28.00.70) and Eamonn Martin (13.23.33).
In 1986 I finished 55th in the World Cross Country Championships in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
My second marathon took place in 1987. I finished 22nd in the New York Marathon (2.16.22). The following spring I dropped out of the London Marathon at 22 miles. I progressed further in October 1988 by finishing 11th in the Chicago Marathon (2.14.02) before finishing 6th in London in 1989 in a PB of 2.09.54.|
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