In 2016 I was completing some research in mental toughness and recruiting participants. A tweet from Karl and that is when things got interesting! As a result of this tweet I started a part time PhD at Nottingham Trent University in Psychological Resilience in Extreme Environments which gave me the honour and privilege to undertake some research on resilience with the 100 Peaks Challenge Team. This was a truly amazing experience and something that will stay with me for ever. I met some inspirational people doing great things in unbelievable locations. This experience ignited something inside me. Something that was already there. The ethos of the 100 Peaks resonated with me and is something I try to live by. I believe in hard work, in extending my comfort zone, pushing boundaries so that I am always learning and improving. I took a lot from being able to research the Challenge Team. The first was a desire to #GetOutside more. Second, was to push the boundaries of what I am currently capable of. So, after chatting with James Nicholson around the 100 Peaks camp he planted the seed that completing the Paras10 was possible. So, to practice what I preach (so to speak!) from a resilience perspective and to push myself I signed up and completed the Paras10 in September 17. This was another great experience. It was brutal but the hard work to train for it was worth it. I left everything on the course and was happy with my performance. Within 48 hours I was thinking about returning in 2018. I think Scott from Challenge Team said to me the once you start Tabbing it becomes addictive and I think he is right!
My background is in sport psychology and sport coaching. I work in elite sport and in higher education at various institutions and I have my own sport psychology consultancy. From my experiences of working with and supporting high achievers I wrote and self-published my own book entitled the Journey on my musings around success and maximising performance. I was told it was difficult to publish a book so I went off and did it anywhere! It is amazing how much of the 100 Peaks ethos is embedded in journey to success.
I am originally from Burnley and now live in Sheffield with my good wife and my daughter. Sheffield is an ideal place to get out and be outside.
MY PLAN FOR 2018 AND BEYOND.
For 2018 I am planning of returning to Paras10 in September with a specific target in mind that is going to push me, but it is achievable. With a friend of mine we are planning a mini adventure running from north Sheffield to Edale in the Peaks and then back again. I also plan to take part in the Black Sheep marathon in June. There will be other races and events being added!