I've always been active and outdoors
..running every distance in school to quite a high standard (they even insisted on my doing the high hurdles, although my short legs meant I had to put in an extra stride somewhere around 70m!). Long distance, however, was my forte. I gave up rugby after university, and the pressures of work meant I undertook formal exercise less and less, until eventually I had more control of my time and was able to supplement occasional golf and an annual ski holiday with regular visits to a gym. There I always did quite a bit of running and finally ran my sole marathon (in a respectable time) in London at the age of 45.
Having retired at 50, I have spent the last 20 years splitting my time between homes in Bayswater, London and in a village outside Cannes in the South of France. Golf, tennis and skiing became more regular and, in France, I had a garden and olive grove to tend. My knee first started to collapse too often on the tennis court and eventually I had to stop altogether. I also found that, frustratingly, I could only turn one way on the ski slopes and running finally seemed to me to be doing more harm than good. That is what decided me that enough was enough. While researching my options, a number of friends (and even my dentist!) recommended Mr Andy Williams, Consultant Knee Surgeon at Fortius Clinic and I then asked my GP for a referral.