Saturday, 14 May 2022

F E A R - Ian Brown

I’m forever meeting people who are living with anxiety, suffer panic attacks and live life, full of fear. So, imagine my response when yesterday, I was asked what makes me feel anxious and raises my level of stress.

Now if you know me, you’ll know that I’m not the most stressed of people yet, there are situations that make even me, super-anxious. My baseline of anxiety might be lower than most, especially post Guillain-Barre Syndrome in 2016 but it immediately peaks whenever I feel the pressure of confided spaces. 


Yes, I’m extremely claustrophobic. And I hate how it makes me feel…


Immediately, my heart and respiratory rates spike and I feel the cold sweat on my forehead start to bead. I’m fully aware that it’s an irrational fear, without foundation, but it’s something I’m fully aware of and try to avoid situations where it might happen. Crowded rooms, packed planes and worst of all – a packed lift that jams between floors can enough to tip me over the edge. And believe me – it does.


I try not to let it affect how I lead my life and let my limitations limit my expectations – and it’s work in progress.


So now you know…

1.128 Marathons - 261 Ultras - 9 Guinness World Records - 15 Marathon des Sables

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Definitely Maybe - Oasis

Here’s a simple question - ‘Are you giving things your best shot?’

Would you give yourself a 70, 80 or even a 90% appraisal of living the dream, or is it a 50% or less? It’s a tough question to answer and one that’s hard to come to terms with. Yet in your heart-of-hearts you know how much time, effort and determination you’re putting in to reaching your dreams and goals.

Addiction of any kind is a binary, black and white world, where percentages 1-99 simply don’t exist and an ‘almost unique’ is a ‘not unique’. You’re either drinking/not drinking alcohol. Smoking/not smoking. On diet/not on diet. I believe the ‘I’ve been mostly on it’… I hear so often is more of a ‘I’ve been mostly off it’. It’s not an option.

But I get it. I really do. Changing the engrained habits of a lifetime within the world and people we’ve surrounded ourselves with is an almost impossible task. Temptation is all around and fitting in with the crowd makes for an easier life and provides a wonderful excuse. 

But perhaps it’s when we are on our own that we are at our most dangerous. The one where you talk yourself into failing. Yes, I believe the person that limits your success most – is you. 

In my world, there’s no ‘definitely maybe’. It’s a simple ‘yes/no’, ‘black/white’, ‘zero/one’ option. My thoughts are, what’s the point in trying if I know I’m going to fail? If I do something, I give it 100% or not do it at all. Yes, it’s a harsh world and one few will understand and one that might lose you friends but hey-ho, when you look back you can say you gave things your best shot.

Now I understand it’s hard to upgrade multiple options at the same time but how about being 100% on just one of the things that’s currently making your life a day long battle of wits. Find a diversion. Reach out for support – there’s lots out there. But for once do what it says on the bloody tin for once today and for the rest of your days?


1,127 Marathons -  261 Marathons - 9 Guinness World Records - 15 Marathon des Sables

Sunday, 8 May 2022

Stand up and Shout - The Tubes - 1975

It’s too easy to become defeated and give in. I know from personal experience just how disappointing and that can be, but my message today is to ignore the distractions and people that pour kryptonite on your world, fight back – pull on a fresh set of body armour and fight for what you believe in and what matters to YOU.

It’s your world… 

Be brave. Head up. And be proud today. YOU matter.

1,127 Marathons - 261 Ultras - 9 Guinness World Records - 15 Marathon des Sables

Thursday, 5 May 2022

Time for Action - Secret Affair

How is being overweight affecting your life? Are you less mobile? Have less energy? Feel embarrassed about your size? Or as in my case all those years ago, make you hate the person looking back at you in the mirror? It could be one or all the above. But what you might be thinking is simply - I'm not happy about being overweight!

Thinking and doing are two very different things but reading this article might provide the moment where things change for you - forever.


You see being overweight isn't a permanent state. It's possible to reverse the process and return to a much healthier weight in just a few months. And it's easy to be your own worst self-critic and differ the problem saying you'll start living a better life tomorrow. However, tomorrow never comes and you deserve better. To feel better in your own skin. Not just for the next big family get-together but for the rest of your life.


It doesn’t have to be a massive 'change everything' quantum leap where you try and eliminate all your bad behavioural traits. It could start with just one small step. Getting rid of a few distractions or the things or even the people that tempt you can really help. And sure, starting to take some light exercise, stopping drinking empty calories, and eating more whole foods will help no end but it's more than that.


This about changing the habits possibly of a lifetime and rethinking your relationship with food and how you use it to get through life.


I've been helping people for many years now to lose weight, overcome their daily battle with over-eating and negotiate the bumpy road of weight-loss to reach a new level of personal happiness and self-confidence. My current client average weight-loss is 9.7kgs (Maximum client loss 51kgs) and if you'd like to have a similar life-transformation, please contact me and see if I have help you be the person you want to be.


It could be the call or email that changes the rest of your life...


Contact:- or call 07866 477051.

1,127 Marathons - 261 Ultras - 15 Marathon des Sables - 9 Guinness World Records

Living one life to the Max

Sunday, 24 April 2022

Ordinary World

Ten years on from their multi-platinum album Rio, the Duranie’s revived their career with the self-titled album ‘Duran Duran’ also known as the Wedding Album. ‘Ordinary World’ was the stand-out track for me and lyrically underlines my thoughts about creating a new life with fresh limitations without crying about what happened yesterday. 

Trying to find my ‘Ordinary World’ has taken every last drop of my energy. It’s challenged my inner soul and taught me how to survive when the chips have been down. Being a GBS survivor isn’t ordinary. It teaches you to accept where you find yourself and to make of it what you can, with what you’ve got. Not an easy feat, especially when you find yourself lost when even being ‘Ordinary’ will do.


Covid-19 has changed the world. Having had my own private five-month-long lockdown with GBS, the national lockdown wasn’t too hard to handle. Since GBS, I’ve run 150 marathons and I’ve enjoyed every single one of themI realise I’m very lucky even to have run just one. My mind’s in the right place. You see, in recovery you need a goal, something to focus on. The bigger the better. That gives one purpose. So, in 2016 although I was wheelchair-bound, the concept of another Marathon des Sables was all I needed to get me out of bed each day. It’s what I needed to get me through the darkness


Every day I thought about my massive goal. However weak and cheesed-off I felt, I thought by April 2017 I had a chance of being fit enough to once again take on the desert. I mean what could go wrong and I had thirteen years’ of experience to lean on. Actually, looking back when I did take part, I really did do it on very shaky legs. And I was especially unsafe on the rocky downhills, although I also wasn’t too brilliant going uphill either, if I’m being honest! 


Anyway, I went, survived and conquered my demons, nevertheless. I will admit that I gave it everything I had and more. I went there much physically weaker than I had been previously. And instead of surrounding myself in the eight-person tent with folk I could help, I looked for folk that could support me instead as I needed some emotional support.


The race was a moving experience for me, especially as I summited Jebel Oftal. It’s one of the highlights of the race and is the same height as Mount Snowdon in Wales. And I always say to my clients who I train for the race, ‘When you get to the top, stop and look back, and look at the vast wilderness you’ve covered’. Being so high up, you can see for miles as other people approach the Jebel, it’s like peering at a trail of ants from afar. Staring at the panorama, I felt my bottom lip quiver as I never actually thought I’d see that place again. A life-moment. A life-changing moment. A moment when I knew I was still far from ordinary.


The question is, if your life’s ordinary, how are you going to spice it up? Make it exciting. Give it purpose. Silence the white noise. Eject the people that are cramping your style and stop wasting time on the daily nonsense of addiction?


It’s time my friends… and it’s not as hard as you think.

1,126 Marathons - 261 Ultras - 15 Marathon des Sables - 9 Guinness World Records 

Sunday, 13 March 2022

Search for the Hero - M People

Search for the Hero Inside...

Most people serious about their running can peel off their Personal Bests at 5km, 10km, ½ Marathon and Marathon distances. They’re times that become etched into one's DNA and are comparable measures, that define our ability to block out pain to achieve results. The individual distance PB's are linked by the athletes VO2 max. And as a Coach they tell me a lot about the person behind the times as some athletes prefer shorter to longer endurance races and vice versa. I mean, heart pounding, lung bursting efforts aren't everyone's idea of fun. But getting better results can be fun and last forever.

I’m only highlighting this as recently, many of the athletes’ I’ve been working with have achieved fresh Personal Bests which would have been unimaginable prior to our working together. Nothing new there, especially if you employ the use of a professional coach, I mean you’d expect results. The thing is the recent client results are off the scale and people relatively new to competing are achieving times are now qualifying for national and even international teams at a range of distances.

 Now, it could of course be down to the periodisation achieved from the training plans that I’ve developed over the years. However, I believe it’s more than that. It's from coaching the athlete as a whole person where we consider everything that could possibly impact on performance. Health, Wealth, Relationships & Employment are some of the bigger issues that we negotiate. We also need to be have resolved any of the above to have a proper focussed clarity come race day. In addition, any feelings of anxiety or low self-esteem are investigated and hopefully put to bed.


The aim is to have a confident, distraction-free race day, where everything falls into

Place - if the planets line up, great achievements occur.


Well, that’s happening and as more and more people since lockdown have come into the sport, I’ve been able to identify and give people new goals and horizons to chase. 


It’s a lot of fun!


Sometimes we don’t know what we are good at until someone identifies the ‘ingredient X’ that lies within us that can go a lifetime undiscovered. I’m currently on a mission to find and work with fresh talent and it doesn’t matter where the current starting point is. Together we’ll decide what works, what doesn’t work, strengths and further strengths and identify the possibilities.


If you are wanting some fresh PBs let me know as I’m sure we can smash them if you are up for it. There's nothing to lose, only to gain.

1,123 Marathons - 261 ULTRAS - 15 Marathon des Sables - 9 GWR 

Sunday, 27 February 2022

Why Bother...

Every day we undertake a huge number of personal tasks and challenges that we call ‘Life’. We are living that ‘Life’ as a result of those options and choices that we believed were the right at that particular moment in time. In other words, ‘We have no-one to blame but ourselves’…I think it’s just far too easy to say ‘Poor old me’…

At 60 years of age, I am in a much wiser position now and looking in my rear-view mirror, I can say quite that by the time I was 31, I had created a huge mess that was not only challenging me mentally but physically too. So on 5th Jan 1994, I decided to make some changes, massive change in fact and ‘getting fit’ became a great foundation to build a ‘New Life’ and a ‘New Rory’.

I know personally that it’s a huge step to stop drinking, smoking or over-eating. I now see these as being really negative actions and these were replaced by a far greater challenge of a marathon back in 1994. It only took me six months to reverse my very poor levels of fitness and I enjoyed the elation of crossing the finishing line so much, that some 27 years later, I have completed over 1100 marathons.

I’m not saying that you have to run 26.2 miles, be an Ironman Triathlete, a bodybuilder or a latter-day Saint but whatever life choices you make in the future, be it starting a new job, a new relationship or over-coming an illness or accident – fitness REALLY helps.

Running Morocco’s Marathon-des-Sables, a 156 mile multi-day ULTRA-marathon has provided me with amazing life adventures and introduced me to some very inspiration people, one such person being Personal Trainer, Wanda Summers.

When I heard of her accident, I felt very sad for her as I knew that fitness played a huge part in her life. But Wanda, saw hope in her desperate situation and her determination and importantly, her fitness enabled her miraculously to get back on her feet and back doing what she loves best. I remember that during her six months of enforced bed rest, she contacted ME to encourage me in what I was doing rather than hiding herself away in self-pity. It helped get me through my own journey with Guillain-Barre Syndrome some years’ later.

Hopefully, you can see from our two life journeys that really positive things can come out of some very dark places and situations… I know for one that I am far from perfect but I was lucky enough to be able to make positive changes to my behaviour that have given me huge satisfaction and a career where I can now help other people to reach their own fitness and life goals.

It’s far too easy to say, ‘Why bother?’… but actually, you need to. And if you do, you will be pleased you did… believe me. 

My dream is to keep doing what I’m doing now and keep having amazing life-adventures… and I will. 

What’s your dream as I’d love to know?

1.122 Marathons - 261 Ultras - 15 Marathon des Sables - 9 Guinness World Records