I was born in 1943 and lived in rural Norfolk until I was eleven. Then my father’s duck rearing business failed, and our family spent a year in tied cottages till we settled near Colchester. As I was the eldest of four siblings, I was expected to work in a poultry killing shed evenings and weekends. I joined the RAF as a medic in 1960 aged sixteen. In 1971, running found me and a year later I was running for the RAF. I was demobbed in 1973 and relocated to Kingston upon Hull and decided to join East Hull Harriers.
In 1976, I founded Runnercare as one of the first shops for athletes in the UK. This business thrived for almost thirty years until it failed at the end of the nineties. I opened my last shop in the noughties and began coaching. In 2011, I started a Degree course in Creative Writing at Hull University where I gained a 2:1.