I've always enjoyed being outside and active, and for that, I have my wonderful parents to thank! Whether it was my Mum running us three boys out down the beach, or my Dad teaching me to surf, we have always loved the outdoors. Alongside surfing, I grew up swimming, running, playing rugby; anything to be outside!
Surfing has enabled me to travel the world, which I am very grateful for. Equally, living in Cornwall, we’re constantly searching for surf, so running the coastal paths has been a normal thing for me since a young age!
I’ve always enjoyed running, and in particular, trail-running. For me, trail running is the best type of running anyone can do! It allows you to enjoy the beauty of being outside, whilst also providing a mental and physical challenge! Equally, it’s the freedom trail running has to allow you to relax, forget ‘minute miles’ and just enjoy the freedom running has to offer!
I enjoy competing, and recently I have enjoyed some podium success, but ultimately, it’s the challenge these events provide that attracts me to them. Whether it be Trail Running events, Open Water Swims or most recently, Swim Run events that incorporate trail running (running in a wetsuit takes some getting used to), each one provides a unique set of physical and mental challenges that help you, I believe, become a better athlete all round.
Equally, I enjoy running for pleasure with my wonderful wife, who also enjoys longer distance trail-running and knows the local bridle paths like the back of her hand from horse riding. We also go SUPing (Stand-Up-Paddle boarding), where she’ll help me improve my open-water swimming as I try (in vain) to chase her down (unsuccessfully) whilst she paddles.
My goal for next year is to have a go at upping my mileage from marathon distance to ultra-marathon distance, and I’d love to travel with my wife, surf new spots and climb / run a few mountains!
I intend to compete in the next Classic Quarter 44 mile race, and I intend to return to Dartmoor to have a go at the Dartmoor Highground Ultra (50 miles). A ‘billy-bonus’ would be if I was able to defend any of the podium finishes for the 10k Summer Sessions…we’ll see about that!
Ryans top results,
1st – Summer Sessions FR 10K Porthtowan
3rd – Summer Sessions FR 10K Poldhu
2nd – Summer Sessions FR 10K Godrevy
3rd - Classic Quarter Relay Pairs 22 mile Coastal Trail Run
3rd - Dartmoor Highground Marathon FR