Over the next nine years I trained and raced at a good level running at club, area and county standard but when I turned eighteen I found it too difficult to maintain the amount of training that was necassary to compete at the level I was at so I decided to stop racing and just take part in non competitive sport.
The problem with rock climbing is that it's not much fun in the rain, so on days off, when I was planning to go climbing and it was raining, I'd go for a fell run instead. I started to fall back in love with running again, I started setting myself fell running challenges. They weren't competitive, they were just against myself. I'd be running from mountain to mountain bagging as many summits and scrambles as possible in a day.
I went to the Newburn river run to run around with a club mate and after about a mile he was sick of me chatting and told me to go off ahead. I thought, 'come on Iain, lets just see how many people you can catch'. It went well and I've been racing ever since.