Born on the Isle of Tiree, a remote island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland with no public transport, Owain stayed fit and healthy throughout his childhood by running and cycling to wherever he wanted to go. But when the time came for him to transfer to Napier University in Edinburgh to further his studies, his passion for outdoor activities was replaced with beer and in his own words, “one too many take-away meals”, which began to take their toll on his waistline and fitness levels.
In 2008, Owain decided it was time to make a few important lifestyle changes, and so he signed up for the Edinburgh marathon in an attempt to raise money for the RNLI. After completing the Edinburgh marathon in just under 5 hours, Owain’s passion for running was restored, and he joined the Pitreavie Amateur Athletics Club in a bid to improve his training and his marathon times.
Today, Owain runs competitively for Edinburgh Athletics Club, and incorporates running into his daily schedule by run commuting to work, and working on his mileage over the weekends in the hills surrounding Edinburgh.
When we asked Owain why he continues to run to work, his answer was simple. “It keeps me fit. It keeps me sane! It’s a great way to relax and unwind after a day at the office”. He loves nothing more than heading off-road and making up new routes as he goes along, and he encourages other runners to do the same.
Owain’s other interests include videography (he’s recently started making short videos while out running), and he secretly confided in us that he loves nothing more than tucking in to a homemade lasagne and a pint of real ale!