At school we played cricket in the summer and rugby in the winter. I probably played in the First Fifteen twice in the whole of my school time. And they were only ever Home Games when some of the regular team were off ill.
In 1973, I took up Jogging - it was the time of Jim Fixx - the guru of the running boom. I enjoyed the running - I wasn't built for speed but I could run a decent distance. I started to run Marathons, ½ Marathons and the odd 10k or 15K metre runs.
My first ½ Marathon was the Ellesmere Port Half Marathon - must have been sometime in the early 80's. It started and finished from the Speedway Stadium. Can't remember my time - but around 1hr 45min. certainly no world record, but I got better.
I never managed to get into the London Marathon - in those days you really had to be a member of an athletic club to take part - but I ran the Liverpool Marathon and shorter runs all over the North West and North Wales.
That was until the late 90's when my left knee decided it didn't want to run anymore and blew up like a balloon. And that was the end of my running days - 25 years and a few thousand miles!
Still wanting to keep fit - I bought a bike - a Raleigh Road Bike - can't remember the model - it was red and had the gear shifters on the down tube and extra in-line brake levers on the handle bar.
I'd had a bike when I was a teenager - but it was a flat bar with 3 speed Sturmey Archer gears. All my school mates had drop handle bar racing bikes.
And so - I got back into cycling!
After a couple of years I upgraded to a Peugeot 2000 - seven gears and the most fantastic green and yellow bar tape ever seen. It was a great bike; a bit like riding a tank, but it built the leg muscles up!
I rode it mostly around Wirral and in 2009 looked to take my riding more seriously.
In February 2010 I bought a new bike a Scott S60 from Birkenhead Cycles. It’s an aluminium frame with triple Shimano gears, giving me 24 gears in all. And with the new 'wheels' my speed and distance slowly increased and to over 2,000 miles in the year, at an average speed of 15.3 mph
2011 saw an increase in mileage to 2,600 and 2012 a similar increase to 2,700 miles with my average speed creeping up to 15.7 miles per hour.
2013 saw another new bike a MEKK Potenza 5... with two of my goals being to ride a 100km sportive and a 100ml one... I achieved the 100km by riding the Etape Mercia for Marie Curie.
2014 / 2015 - mileage fluctuated with a lot of pressure from work, I wasn't able to extend my mileage, nor was I able to get in many sportives. 2016 saw some improvements in mileage, and less pressure from work.