I’m the husband to an incredible wife and the proud father of 2 beautiful girls. We live in Mallaig on the West coast of the Scottish Highlands in Lochaber, where I am a Harvest Technitian in Mallaig Harvest Station – MOWI. In whatever time is left I run, explore, look after our childred, house and the garden growing vegetables.
Before long distance challenges, FKTs
I grew up in Piła/Poland which is located at the North of Greater Poland Voivodship/district. Graduated The Higher School of Vacancies in Piła receiving my Bachelors Degree in English Studies becoming an English teacher. On my uni years I started to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol. A little bit too much. I gained weight almost reaching 100kg at my peak worst. I left Poland and came to the Scottish Highlands in November 2013 to change my whole life.
First time I started running along the concreat path along the Fort William bypass on the 13th December 2013. I remember like it was yesterday trying to catch my breath, struggling to breathe and feeling a lot of pain in my oungs and body. That day I quit smoking and haven’t smoked since! I didn’t give up and joined Lochaber Athletic Club in March 2014 for extra motivation. I minimised my alcohol intake then and now I only drink a pint on a special occasion! Probably one every 1 to 3 months. My weight dropped down from 95kg to 63kg since then. I never been a sports person, I played the odd football or voleyball with my friends at school.
How I got started in endurance sports
It was exactly on the 24.05.2016. I was doing a road support with a friend Helen from Fort William on a Ramsay Round attempt. Ramsay Round is a 24h mountain challenge in Scotland. You have 24h to climb 24 mountains, run the distance of 95km with 8800m of elevation on very hard technical terrain. Only a few completed.
From that day I started supporting other conteders to the Ramsayst title and my distance slowly grew.
I was surrounded by people doing crazy long runs, in a way it was inevitable. I really wanted to better myself and see how far I can go.
In January 2020 I competed in a 24h race in Tyndrum where I achieved a milestone. Running past the magical 100km mark! I ran a total 119km. I didn’t complete the full 24h. I bailed out after 17h 45min. My body couldn’t take it any more.
In 2018 I tried to completed Charlie Ramsay Round but i didnt even got to the end of 1st leg.
I came back for a second go at the Charlie Ramsay Round on the 08.08.2020. After battling the heat I completed it in 23h 17min 11s. I became the 189th finisher of the Ramsay Round and 1st Polish runner to ever complete it.
It went on from there and it still goes pretty darn good!
How I became a Harvest Technitian
Living on the West Coast of Scotland in a small fishing village with mountains as my back garden is a dream come true. I worked in the Forestry for 3 and a half years. It involved a lot of driving, spending long hours in the car getting to the job. So when a place came available in MOWI Salmon Harvest Station here in Mallaig I didn’t hesitate and applied for the post with a success of getting the job.
I became a Harvest Technitian. I didn’t want to stop there. I always try to climb up the ladder and see how high I can get. After a year I got trained up to be a Machine Minder, looking after the machines processing the fish that runs through the factory. Automatically I gained more responsibilities and trust keeping an eye on every process going on the harvest floor. 4 years later I got promoted to Harvest Supervisior which is my latest position at work.
I am not forgetting about the basic skills and respinsibilities I learned in my early years in the factory. I still have to do all of that! After 6 years I know the factory inside out. I am able to do every single job required from me to a high standard which I am really proud of. Every day at work starts from working on the little jobs that add up making it all a success.
This job reminds me every day that little things added up over time make big things happen just like in training.
I still remember the first 2km I ran along the Fort William bypass fighting for every single step and breath. Even now running 100km+ distances. Remember the basics, remember where we have been before we got to this point.
Achievements and FKTs
West Highland Way FKT 17:57:35 (Unsupported) S>N
Great Glen Way FKT 11:28:36 (Unsupported)N>S
Great Glen Way FKT 11:53:32 (Supported)N>S
Ben Nevis 24h World Record – 7 up and down in 22h 41min
Tranter Round 16:07:31 (18.07.2020)
Charlie Ramsay Round 23:17:11 (08.08.2020)
Paddy Buckley Round 22:48:00 (30.05.2021)
Bob Graham Round 21:43:00 (17.07.2021)
1st Polish to complete The UK Big 3 sub 24h Club