About

About Me:

This is a little section about me and my site, in-case you don’t know already!

I graduated in 2005 with a BSc honours degree in Computer Science from Southampton University and since then I have worked for MoneySavingExpert.com the largest Consumer Finance Website in the UK with over 13.5 million visits a month. I build websites and apps both as part of my job and as a hobby. Click @neillock to follow me on twitter!

At the beginning of 2008 I brought myself a Nike+ kit and started running. Before then I had only completed a few treadmill runs as part of a gym workout and a Blue Peter fun run when I was about 7! I decided to set myself a challenge to run 500km by the 31st December 2008 so that I had something to work towards. By the time the October came around I had smashed my target and had a place to run in the London Marathon!

In the build up to my First Marathon I completed the Great South Run and The Paris Half Marathon, (both in the pouring rain) – see my blog for more details and anecdotes, as well as numerous road runs that took me along the marathon route and to work and back on a number of occasions.

I managed to finish the last ever Flora sponsored London Marathon in 4 hours 34 minutes. A little over what I was training towards, but it was in very hot conditions.

I vowed then that I would continue to enter the ballots for the ‘Five Major’ marathons but I would not subject myself or my friends and family to taking on another Golden Bond place that would see me having to raise thousands of pounds for a particular charity.

October 2009 came around and I was unsuccessful in both the London and New York ballots. My lifeline came when Virgin Money offered a few of us at work some Virgin Runner places for the 2010 Virgin London Marathon.

I started my training up again and have since run the Roding Valley Half Marathon, the Newham 10k and the Silverstone Half – gaining a PB in all three! This year my training has been more intense. Some weeks I have racked up nearly 60 miles.

Another difference is that I have made a real effort to find other people to run with. I have set up www.havensrunners.co.uk as a place for the runners who are fundraising for Havens to chat and organise runs. Through this I have met a fellow runner who has made me realise I can up my game and run a whole lot faster than I was before – Thanks Neil D!

I have also had the opportunity (through various sources) to run with a promising 2012 Olympic hopeful, Andy Vernon and gain advice from the likes of Liz and Martin Yelling.

Unfortunately St Johns Ambulance pulled me off the course during the marathon and would not let me continue. I still have not got to the bottom of what went wrong on that day. I was on course to finishing in sub-4 hours and before I stopped at mile 18 my mile splits were good. I have had to just put it down to not being my day.

I continued to keep my fitness levels up and i joined the Serpentine Running Club in May 2010 to insure I have people to run with on a weekly basis.  I have met some great people at the club and I feel that my running is now a lot more sociable and not as solitary as it used to be.  Over the past 6 months I have completed in the Adidas Thunder Run 24, The Royal Parks Half and The Adidas Dublin Marathon all with my serps running buddy, Rich, and all at subsantially faster times than I have ever run before.

Dublin was my pick me up of the year, proving that I could indeed run a sub 4 hour marathon.  After the horror that was London just 6 months previously I am now back in the game.  Who knows what 2011 will bring!

Neil