: Rory Coleman
: Jun 02, 1962
Until 1994 I was the original
'Couch Potato'. Although I had always been sporty at school, the thought of a
Cross-country run was quite horrific. The only sport at which I achieved any
success was at cricket and was playing to County Standard
at Colts level.
After University I started a successful
career in Design and Print. In the early years I worked all hours to further my
career, with the side effect of also furthering my waistline. At 31 years of age and 15 stones in weight, I
had the revelation that a daily diet of 40 cigarettes, 12 pints of beer and an
extremely stressful job equaled a much shorter life span.
On the 5th of January 1994, I
became tea-total, quit smoking and went on a dramatic diet and started running.
After a huge amount of intensive training I ran my first race in April 1994,
upon Avon Half-Marathon.
My first Marathon was Telford in November 1994. Like millions of other people I'd watched the London Marathon every year
and dreamed of doing it just once, to achieve a long established ambition. So, I used Telford Marathon as a warm-up for
the 1995 London.
I found that my personality suited the distance of the race so much so that
over the next three years I started to run Ultra-Marathons as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of running
further and further.
: Managing Director of Ambition Events
: Endurance Sports