Ultimately your standard of results and service, will only fall down to one thing. How good is your personal trainer!

There are 1000′s of cheap average trainers, who don’t know much, do a lot, inspire a lot….! I get so many people telling me this, so read on, save your life and hopefully I might be able to teach you something, with your time here!

Simply the proof is in the pudding!



The more you read, research and check out my evolving content, the more time you will save and importantly live.

Checking out videos from the Riley Fitness channel. The highlights include the marathon, mile and 400 metre full film versions (basically the longer versions shown)…

Understand I only take on committed people, who can grasp the true value of living the dream via my life, fitness experience, tailoring it just for you!

If you are not committed to realise, that you would be hiring the world’s fittest man for your personal life investment, whilst having to work physically and mental hard DO NOT CONTACT ME!!!


Your’s in living the dream.


The World’s Fittest Man



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NEXT Training Goal ! What is yours ? And how are you getting there ?


Perhaps you don’t realise, perhaps you do. I have got news for you!


It should Never end!


Your individual Focus is the key to your healthy successful life!


It does not matter, whatever you have finished. You have got to keep moving forward and find the NEXT Inspiration, the NEXT Training Goal!


There must be a physical training routine, towards your goal in there somewhere. However it flows alongside in your life. Remember your career, motivation, health; confidence… will take BIG drops in standards if you don’t maintain you’re Focus.


This is what STOPS your mind, body, fitness and muscles from getting FAT!


What is your NEXT Training Goal? What are you doing about it? Write in and tell me, your NEXT phase of your life, I would love to hear all about it. If I can help with any questions, just ask me!


If you’re not sure what to do NEXT. I have listed a diverse range of options for you to consider. What you want most out of your body, is one of the initial key questions for you to ask yourself, constantly!


You have the Christmas party to attend, look great, impress and feel amazing.

You’re going on holiday, with all the obstacles and temptations of Christmas, beforehand.

The New Year brings, new work tests and challengers, essential to further your career.

The dream wedding, on the horizon.

You cannot let the race of your dreams, let slip by you anymore.

This special person, you want to impress.

The competition is starring you down; you have to win over your opponent/s.

You want to real see, where your true greatness and potential lies.

You believe, you have tried everything. You just need to be more active.

It’s about time, you had the beach body.

You need to get a grip and spice up your training, between the in and the outdoors.


No one ever said it would be easy. Exactly!


Otherwise what is the point and where is your reward!


So what training goal, have you decided to do then?


Take action and follow it through!




Lee Riley

The World’s Fittest Man

Endorsed by Muscle & Fitness Magazine.

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How to get the best from your Football, Wedding and Commando Season

New wedding slide v3a


More people are starting to realise Riley Fitness is where you come if you want the world’s fittest man, football trainer or commando for starters… Riley Fitness is recognised for training footballers* (plus additional footballer’s wife’s), brides, grooms, professionals and wannabe Royal Marine Commandos. Especially since we have acheived a 100 % pass rate for all our clients that went on their potential Royal Marines course (PRMC), to get on to Royal Marine training and enjoy a great career. Simply my clients get the best personal development that I can muster, making you my mission, this is my motivation. I cannot stand letting some one down, I am a little old fashioned I find, to most people I come across. What is my failure? Well only when I fail to go passed my own expectations, though passed the other current world standards, when the necessary preparation and foundation has being applied within our team work. What am I on about? Well I suggest you have a look at my website and scroll down other blogs in the archives, to get the real picture.


Whatever type of training we do together, like my personal wedding training above. Don’t worry you don’t have to get married, or repeat the process of emptying your bank account, or your parents. You may see the trainer, or not? The piece of foot wear. You need to get your trainers on and get moving. I will show you the best ways, for the best winning body, shape and fitness you want, no matter how high your goals are. Our own personal challengers is what sets us apart from one another, you would not be reading this, if you thought it would be easy, otherwise why bother to put the effort in. One life, one shot, I swear by. You might as well do it properly, rather than have regrets of what if?


As a look forward.

I will return, with more on, one of my latest client’s goals, literally as the weeks roll on. *I have being working full time with this special footballing talent in North West England for the last two weeks. Liam Evans of Port Vale Football Academy. Liam has one of those one life, one shot moments. Come this December sometime, currently unknown to the day. Will he make the grade of achieving his professional football contract with Port Vale? After December has passed Liam and his other team mates don’t ever get another chance, in life! Liam is taking no chances and is with me, not to improve his football skills, but his fitness. He and his father recognise as do some football clubs, having a top level fitness foundation and more importantly maintaining it (the fun part) is the key to being a successful professional footballer.


I developed defender Danny Collins, then at Premiership side Stoke, now Captain of Nottingham Forrest. As a bonus, in regaining his International form, he scored 2 goals, from not having scored for over  2 years, not bad for playing at the back. Liam is a good lad. He knows this is the biggest test of his life, to perform. I have developed a variety of progressive training plans, for Liam to get ahead of the pack and be number one on the squad. I have told him from day one, he is already a professional footballer. Bearing in mind he has been playing since he could walk and he turned down to be signed for Manchester United when he was 8 and 10 years old. He is a professional in his mind-set; all he needs to do is get the piece of paper! I am not resting on my laurels with Liam’s dreams. Onward and upward to December. By the way, Liam has already admitted he thought he knew what training was, until we started. Between me and you (he’ll be too tired to read this) he has a lot of fun surprises to come, from my Cheshire personal training. Just you wait and see.

Live your Dreams


The World’s Fittest Man.







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If you want something bad enough you will do it

P1080101It is that simple! If you don’t have the hunger, for whatever it is that you believe you want, you will fail!

Yes we could all scrape the grade and believe we have succeeded. Deep down you know if you have made the grade or not. It is what we have inside us that tell us, if we have won the battle or lost the war. So the title of this blog could also be. “Who do you want to be”? This gives us much greater direction as a person. This statement takes presidents, compared to “what do you want to be” as the shallower thinking statement.

Success, is surely why we are all here right? Or perhaps you just want to go backwards in life. What are own personal levels of achievement are, it simply does not matter. In the end I believe, if it does are health, mind and body some good we can’t go too far wrong, giving us the freedom to fight another day. We are all very similar creatures in many respects, with the difference of standards and levels in which make us feel content enough to achieve our own relative satisfaction.

I did say. “Who do you want to be”? If you can stick with anything long enough. A task, a job, an exercise routine, perhaps a person? You are defining who you are. Do you need to change things, to alter your path, since your course is more fantasy and you believe your world is artificial. Ultimately we have come full circle to “If you want something bad enough you will do it”. If you have nothing worth getting up for, is there any point in living. We all have something, no matter how small, that we can expand on to live our dreams. Have a think about who you are and where you are going…

In life, I thrive on learning! I mean, I am like a hoover I just love to better myself, learning as if I will live forever. Ultimately if we don’t keep learning and keep things fresh we just become boring and stale. I get a lot of people and companies, offering all sorts of opportunities, with all types of relationships to be had. Discovery Learning is a company that I believe is worth having a look at. Why?

Simply, it is one of the best value types of fitness course providers in the country! Covering the majority of the fitness topics, ranging from one day to long term learning qualifications in the fitness industry. If you can teach any given subject, you will certainly have more confidence to know the subject and yourself much better. So what am I getting out of it? Purely a bit of advertising from there very well designed branded website, which I can see is going places!  Alan Jackson the owner contacted me directly. Since we hit it off, this is where our relationship begins…

I love to hear from my readers. If you have any comments or questions that I could help with, just write in.

Live your dream.


Lee Riley

The World’s Fittest Commando

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Your Strength of Mind Is What Makes the Difference

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Hi my name is Lee Riley. Believe it or not. I am the World’s Fittest Man, endorsed by the BBC this year. My ethos in life is all about. “I will do whatever it takes to overcome mental and physical challenges to achieve goals”.

This blog will back up, that you don t have to be an athlete to achieve. It is all in the mental and physical preparation. I don’t mean that you have to break the law. I mean that you may have to push the boundaries, in your life circumstances, to achieve your goals.

It’s inside all of us; the strength to do whatever it takes to overcome even the most challenging mental and physical tests in order to achieve our goals. When the challenge is physical, you need to be fit – but your mind must be strong too. Whatever challenges we face, the best we can do is believe in ourselves. In life, you must first set yourself a target. Choose wisely, aim high, and then break your ambitious goal down into smaller achievements – these are the first steps to success.

Using my personal experience as an example, it’s this ethos I’ll be passing on to the brave band of participants who are signing up to take part in Survive The Yomp. As an Ambassador for the Commando Spirit Appeal, I will be helping to prepare men and women from all walks of life for a thirty mile hike through the rough terrain of ‘Commando Country’ in the Scottish Highlands this September.

As a former Royal Marine, it’s really poignant for me to sign up to support the Commando Spirit Appeal. I know first-hand the importance of mind over matter and among the toughest challenges I faced as a Commando was The Yomp – an all-day final exercise of basic training. I was carrying over 8 and a half stone on my back, plus a machine gun and an anti-tank weapon in my bergan.The heat rose to over 30 degrees. Our troop was spread over a mile long patrol, like a snake. Led by our troop officer, we did not know how long we had to yomp for and where we were going. Most of us ran out of water. This was planned. I knew this was a make or break test, being so close to obtaining the coveted Green Beret. I had worked too hard to get here. More so, I had pride in myself and would not be beaten. Each step got me closer to the end of this challenge.I remember very clearly, what the Commando Training Centre (CTC) Commanding Officer said after completing our final commando test, this 30 miler with battle kit across Dartmoor.”You have all set new standards. You will never forget the efforts that have been required to become part of the Royal Marine family. You now have set the bench mark for your own futures”.

How do you know you can’t achieve it, until you try? My life has been a series of challenges. I started on the road to stepping outside my comfort zone a long time ago. My love of fitness began by winning at school sports days. Despite being an overfed chubby kid, I had power in my legs.

After that first taste of success, my focus on fitness quickly became a way of life. I knew then that I’d been bitten by the bug and from then on just getting fitter and better was my goal. After leaving school, I joined the British Armed Forces and eventually joined the military’s most elite force – the Royal Marines Commandos. I knew what I had to do in order to become who I wanted to be. The sooner you realise your goals, the sooner you can realise your potential. In the military I learned some of my biggest life lessons, particularly the importance of mental as well as physical fitness.I have always believed that when you’re mentally and physically fit you can do anything. This continues to be one of my biggest life motivators.

Royal Marines are highly motivated, positive and fun people who bring out the best in each other – whenever you can in life, endeavour to surround yourself with positive people. After ten years of service, I felt ready for a dramatic life change. I was hungry to learn how much I could really achieve on my own. I wanted to make my mark. It was at this point my mum had a heart attack and I really woke up. I wanted to do something that I wasn’t sure was possible and do something uplifting for my mum and for charity.

Within a week I started my solo 150 mile run, cross country, with all of my supplies on my back from a planned route coast to coast. This challenge really unlocked my potential. Soon I discovered all the Guinness world records I could smash whilst running with a 40lb pack on my back! My new hunger grew. I continue to step outside my comfort zone, from earning my green beret to taking on the world record attempts, being challenged competitively…

I’m looking forward to supporting the participants as they prepare to Survive The Yomp. They’ll be experiencing a little of what it is like to train as a Royal Marine and, for me, joining the Royal Marines was one of my best life decisions. It taught me a lot about myself, particularly my mental and physical limits. The more you understand about yourself, the more you can develop your mind and body and go further than you thought possible.

It is so important to visualise, your goal. Your mind is the key. Without the mind, there is nothing. The conditioning of the visualisation creates the ‘will’.The will to win, the will to go beyond, when the body is hurting and wants to quit.

The mental aspect is more important than the physical. The will drives you every step closer to your goal – strength of mind is what makes the difference.

Lee Riley is one of the Ambassadors for the Commando Spirit Appeal, which aims to raise £1m for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund 2014. Lee will be supporting participants who are taking on this year’s Commando Spirit Challenge, Survive The Yomp. Survive The Yomp will take place around the iconic settings of Achnacarry and Spean Bridge – known as ‘Commando Country’ from its days as the training ground of the elite Royal Marine Commandos during World War II. The area was the training ground for more than 25,000 allied commandos and its rugged, remote terrain will offer participants a true challenge of fitness, stamina and mental strength.Learn more and find out how to take at

Fitness and Exercise, UK Impact, Royal Marines, Challenges, Commando Spirit Appeal, Mind, Strength, UK Lifestyle News.

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How Fit are you ? Training for a Race ? Check out the World’s Fittest Man on TV !

The World’s Fittest Man !

Trainer, Speaker and Motivator to the World !

A unique specialist, for the fittest training programs for ANYONE who wants to be fit, to a super human athlete !

The number 1 and first expert to train and run with heavy packs !

Showing you, that with the right health and mind set.

You can be the World’s Fittest !

As promised, with the BBC. Enjoy.

If you enjoy this…

Check out some of my other videos

Never ever rest on your Laurels.

Your’s in Health and Fitness

Lee Riley

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The Fittest Person on the Planet !





Now you know! Since the news is only just out, with a combination of all my achievements being finalised and recognised across the whole spectrum of total fitness!



First Aired Friday 1st March.

On the 1800 BBC North West Tonight program, sports news with Tony Livesey, also BBC Radio 5 presenter.

Or await the NEW link, once updated to the Riley Fitness Channel on U –Tube. The channels normal link is


I have to be honest with you. There is so much going on. I need a film production company to keep on top of all the video footage (professional and amateur) I have.

There is also more TV and Radio pencilled in to come also…!


Follow your Fitness Blogs, under here, to take away something for your own fitness knowledge. Sometimes you have to read things more than once, for it to soak in!

I have a lot to catch up and fill you in, for you loyal and patient followers. There are many stories, like my recent Americas Adventure Challenge, the conclusions have not been properly finalised and put to paper; well that is kind of another story!

Let me say this. I did not bother with Mexico and Cuba in the end. I added in South America, instead, being the continent I have always dreamed of going too. Within four weeks I conquered North, Central and South America, going as far north as Vancouver and as far south as Buenos Aires, with a total of over four mountain peaks with all the kit as the fastest back packer in the world. Some of you would have loved the three hour fitness session I did on the Rocky Steps, in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve (hence the introduction photograph). Thank god, I avoided being arrested in the Peruvian mountains by six police and two military officers…Surfing on a double bed mattress was hell of a blast on the flooded streets of Rio…

Mission Accomplished, on the adventure of a lifetime…!

Now I am the fittest person on the planet!

Just think what my knowledge and motivation could do for you or others!




You can never have enough demand, in whatever you’re into! So if you want me to come and motivate/ speak at your place of work, event, whatever it maybe, get in touch.

The ultimate option for the fastest way, to your body and fitness dreams. Is simply to have 1:1

24 hours a day training, this involves residing at my residence, for the course mutually agreed by both of us.

There is No escape from RileyTraz!

For ALL enquires, go to the link below.

Stay Healthy, positive people.

Never to rest on my Laurels ! I am very, very lucky to have alot of great support and friends. Especially on the continued mission, that have made a significant contribution, of where I am today.

I would like to say a special thanks to Steve Howarth, for his recent ideas and suggestions. Cheers Steve.

Remember Lee Riley is officially The Fittest Person on the Planet!



I hope you like my new motivational slides on the Riley Fitness Website (home page).

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The Four America’s Adventure Peak Challenge

The Four America’s Adventure Peak Challenge
A different approach of how to keep fit over holidays, travelling and into the New Year.

I am Lee Riley a former Royal Marine, turned personal trainer and adventurer. I am a sponsored athlete with Lowe Alpine and a motivational / business speaker. I come to this challenge as the 6 times serial world record holder, the first ever person in history to hold the complete running range world records from sprinting, through to the marathon all at the same time. These include the 400m, mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon. Not only that, I achieved all these records with 40lb’s weight on my back, the most recognised weight by Guinness World Records. On comparison this is the same average weight, as military assault weight, including a personal rifle.

Four Countries

I intend to climb four mountain size peaks in four countries, over my Americas trip challenge: – America, Canada, and two others within 2 countries of north and Central America, like Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica or Cuba…

Four Thousand Fitness Miles+

I shall be covering four thousand miles + across land during this adventure challenge.
When I am in the various settlements of the Americas, I will be walking/ running around whilst having my 40lbs + pack on my back most of the time.

Forty Pounds + Weight

As with my world records I will do this challenge with a 40lb’s + weight on my back holding all my belongings for this trip. The packs I use are provided by my sponsor Lowe Alpine. My first Lowe Alpine pack was given to me on my 18th birthday and has been part of several of my world records and many adventures around the world.

Four Minute Workout

Also whilst adventuring, for four minutes, twice a day, am and pm. I blast out a 4 minute intensive workout, to keep on top of zapping body fat, total body muscle tone and conditioning.
This consists of 8 to 1.
8 press-ups, 8 squat thrusts, 8 Burpee’s. Then follow it down, with no rest with 7, 7, 7 then 6, 6, 6 and so on…

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SUB. First Ever Action. 400 Metres World Record (400M + 40lb pack) + Film 3 Tetbury Woolsack Race CBBC’S Johnny & Ed Personally Trained by Lee Riley.

Lee Riley – Former Royal Marine turned Personal Trainer, Sponsored Athlete and Motivational/ Business Speaker – Quadruple World Record Holder – The First Ever and Only Person in History to hold the complete running range from Sprinting, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Marathon World Records at Once.

This film has the introduction of the 400m world record first. For those of you who know/ remember the Tetbury Woolsack Race, this is Cbbc’s version when I personally trained the presenters Johnny and Ed. Going twice under sub 60 cant be a bad thing. We can always do better, or at least die trying for our kicks.

With Cross country season kicking in, watch this space for my attempts of all types of training races as the first and original ‘Pack Man’ maybe even a triathalon, what a splash. All mental conditioning for some world records i have my eye on. I appreciate Infomation/ communication on any ideas for racers/ challenges up to the end of the season, firstly to the end of 2012, its all in the planning and works both ways.

Kind Regards

Lee Riley

Live the Dream

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RF Monthly – May#05 -The First Ever In History ! Sub 60sec 400m with a 40lb pack and Steve Cram !


The first ever sub 60 seconds, 400 metres with a 40lb pack, in the final stride (59.48 seconds at Cumberland Track, Crewe, Friday 13th April 2012). Photograph courtesy of Des Evans.

Photo shoot with Lowe Alpine. Courtesy of Ben Barden.

Lee Riley – Former Royal Marine turned Personal Trainer, Sponsored Athlete and Motivational/ Business Speaker – Quadruple World Record Holder – The First Ever and Only Person in History to hold the complete running range from Sprinting, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Marathon World Records at Once.

Lee is raising much needed funds for the Royal British Legion (the main charity for all the armed forces). If you want to donate or help Lee with his fundraising from his challenges, please go to Lee’s just giving site All donations are very much appreciated.

The Marine Machine strikes again, Lee Riley is like no other man. His commitment to his craft is second to none. He has an outstanding ability to run with a load on his back, the equivalent of near 3 stone. He leaves no stone unturned in his quest for world records in this extreme sport. This latest record was no exception, his aim to run the first ever sub 60secs over 400m. Most club runners would not be able to achieve this without a pack. It was to prove his hardest challenge yet, for athletic skill. There was months of training, sacrifices and fine tuning to achieve this. Having already broken 4 World Records, making him the first ever and only athlete in history to hold the complete running range world records from sprinting, middle distance, long distance and marathon at once. These records have been achieved in 3 areas of the country; the marathon in London (south England), the half marathon in the midlands and the other two in the north. Just adding to these achievements.

Lee’s desire to be the first person to run a sub 60sec 400m with 40lb’s took over his life. Since breaking the mile world record Lee has been training hard particularly on his sprinting, something he had not done since school. Going back in time to Lee’s last high school year at Shavington High school, Crewe, Cheshire. Lee was 16 years old in 1998, from the start of high school; Lee’s physical description was best described as a well built, chunky kid. Lee had won all the primary school 75 – 100 metre sprint events at the sports days, prior to high school. Lee had a shock, realising at a bigger school, he was not as fast or as fit as he thought, especially in his worst event, the opposite end of the spectrum, cross country in physical education (P.E.). In the first couple of years Lee was usually in the back last five, of the long distance course. The third year Lee had taken up Charles Atlas Dynamic Tension exercises, given to him by his father, from when he was a kid. Lee was losing body fat and becoming broader rapidly. Mr Saunders, the high school well-known P.e teacher, in one particular lesson told the class “95 +% of you all here will be the fittest you ever will be right now”. Lee took it very seriously and to heart; nothing would ever be the same for Lee again!

Fifth year, Lee had found good form, after running well in the schools after school athletics club and giving him something to do, challenged the fastest guy in the school at the 400 metres sprint, to a race.

Lee believed he had a sporting chance and was prepared to go for it! The opponent was a lad called John Welsh. With poor planning, with Lee having no real idea of 400 metre specific training a few weeks later the race commenced. On the schools grass track Lee wore trainers, John wore cross country spikes. Lee went off like a bat out of hell, on the last 150 metres to go, Lee was running out of steam; John tore past Lee finishing in approximate time of 70 seconds and Lee 75 seconds. Lee shook john’s hand. This is where the real hunger for Lee began on the quest of conquering the intense one lap of the 400 metres, more so, setting the standard!

Fourteen years later, 2012 Lee joined the sprinters at Stoke Athletic Club to try and gain knowledge and specific skills in sprinting to give him every chance to achieve his aim. This involved commitment for the three times weekly trips to Stoke and obviously the added cost of fuel and time away from his Personal Training. Finding that block starts were not suitable with a 40lb pack, Lee had to practice standing starts, but also was pleased to find that without the pack he could compete with younger more experienced sprinters. As a training run Lee entered an indoor open meeting competing in 60m, his first ever sprint race against other sprinters whilst he was wearing the 40lb pack. He achieved a respectable 9.97secs and learnt a lot of valuable lessons.

Lowe Alpine impressed by Lee’s other World Records took him on board and made him one of their sponsored Athletes. Not wanting to leave any stone unturned Lee also looked at his sports nutrition further, another time consuming job that had to be done if he wanted to push the boundaries, as fast as possible. More sprint training followed now back at Crewe. Early nights are the order of the day to ensure a good 8 hour sleep every night.

Lee’s first time trial 400 metres with the new pack was timed 60.5 seconds by Roger Alsop at the Cumberland Athletic track Crewe. More refined preparation needed!

Next the first real attempt at Cumberland. This time some of Lee’s friends, clients and his mum were there as witnesses to document the time and the packs weight, to make it official, another solo run. Roger Alsop hand timed the sprint at 59.48 seconds. Lee had to lie down upon the finish, he had given it everything. Lee was in further shock to realise his mum had forgotten to record the sprint, being the major evidence required to prove the record! Doing it once for Lee was not enough, he felt that it had to be captured on film to be believed, more importantly to document the historic triumph.

An open meeting is looming at Stoke Athletic Club, will it come too soon in the training or should he just go for it? Lee never doubts himself, ever the optimist he decides to go for it. The race is late afternoon, not a time that Lee is use to running and the weather is not perfect, and though not raining as predicted it is very windy (12MPH). In a sprint like the 400m this is not good as there is so little time for error, especially to judge the so delicate infamous pacing of this distant. The race was disorganised and late starting due to two entrants arriving late, on the start lines. Was this supposed to be a proper race meeting? Lee was getting edgy; this is no way to start a race.

Then finally they are off and all that training is now put to the test, just Lee against the clock. It does not matter about the other runners now. The race is over so quick, and it’s very close. Has he done it? Nobody is sure, oh missed by a whisper in a time of 60.95, the disappointment shows in Lee’s face. He was so committed and sure that he could do this. The new pack has worked well and Lee vows it will not be long before he sets the standard of this record. As another training run and for fun (not many people would say this) Lee takes part in the killer mile at Mow Cop. One of the only remaining mile races still held, also one of the hardest with no level sections in the whole uphill race. Lee runs it twice, once with a 40lb pack in sub 11 minutes, 17 seconds of his last years’ time. Running straight back down the hill Lee ran in free order the second race in 9 minutes 22, a very respectable time.

Lee discovers there are fortnightly open meetings at Trafford on a Tuesday, Lee is eager to get this record in the bag so decides to enter. Information is sketchy about these open nights and Lee is unsure if he will be able to run in the 400m with the 40lb pack. He decides to go and if not allowed to run in the 400m then to enter the 800m without the pack as a training run. Arriving in what should have been good time, the track has a great feel about it, very intermit surrounded by houses. There is a fair crowd of supporters, a lot more than at Stoke. All this helps with your race. Lee finds the organisers and judges and they agree for Lee to run in the 400m with the pack, now time is short, Lee needs to be registered into the race and complete his warm up. Heat 4, lane 6 not perfect but let’s get on with it. Again there is a delay at the start and the 400m is running half an hour late, when to start your warm up? Then the runners are called to their marks and they are off. Lee sets off really quick but then eases off on the back straight thinking he needs to leave something for the final 200m, the other runners catch and pass him, then he is off again storming down the home straight to win the race, with a 40lb pack! Can this be true but has he achieved the sub 60secs that he has recently achieved in training. No its 61.3, Lee is mad with himself for easing off on the back straight and for the hasty preparation to the race. Also so close to the run up Mow Cop, not really enough recovery time. There is such a fine line in how much training to do and rest to have. He will be back in two weeks to get this record; this is all good experience and a good learning curve.

The weather is better and Lee is better prepared, now knowing the track and the process at these open meetings. Lee has had to drive himself tonight as he is on his own, only having family and friends as support in his mind at home, no professional team members for Lee. It’s all down to Lee, from organising training, races, transport, food all the way down to paperwork. Steve Cram is there, it does not get much better to witness this latest world record attempt, being the reigning British mile world record holder. Lee is totally focused tonight and is well rested after giving him the weekend off. The training was done weeks ago; it’s just down to Lee and the clock now. Lee is drawn on the inside in lane 1, probably the worst lane as its very tight especially with a 40lb pack and a standing start. A much more measured race, it’s just go for it, eye balls out and give it everything you have got. After all it’s less than a minute and it’s all over. Flying down the home straight at the back of the runners but not that far a drift, this time he has done it, 59.44, the exhilaration is clear to see. Another world record set, it’s becoming a habit.

The short version of just the race, from aerial view with thanks from Stuart Hayton at athleticos.

An interview with Steve Cram finishes off the evening on another high; he says he is gobsmacked by Lee’s achievements and that he would go to another of Lee’s record attempts to support him. There is no feeling like the one of achieving a world record. Lee, now nearly double the age he was, since the high school 400 metres race. He had gone under the minute, knocked over 15 seconds off his time back then, equivalent of finishing the race compared to his 16 year old attempt, with an 100 metres in the bank. Not forgetting this time he was also running with a 40lb pack also!

Lee against the clock……

We are concentrating on lots of new exciting developments for Riley Fitness at the present time. Watch this space for further announcements in the coming months.

Continue to Live the Dream


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